Pop-up clinical space? Yale researchers report solution to a surge in flu cases
During the 2017-2018 flu season, Yale physicians responded to a surge of patients to the emergency department (ED) and hospital with an unusual solution. They converted a conference room into a fully operational treatment unit, and in the process, built a model that other institutions could adopt when outbreaks occur, according to their recently published study.
Aging impairs innate immune response to flu
Aging impairs the immune system’s response to the flu virus in multiple ways, weakening resistance in older adults, according to a Yale study. The research reveals why older people are at increased risk of illness and death from flu, the researchers said.
Flu Hits America’s Poor Hardest, Study Finds
People who live in poorer American neighborhoods face a number of health disparities, and a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health indicates that increased rates of hospitalization from influenza is yet another issue facing the less affluent.
Tamiflu: 14 flu seasons and still questions
In the midst of a worse than average influenza season, clinicians are increasingly prescribing antiviral agents, especially oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Oseltamivir, an oral neuraminidase inhibitor, was first approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1999.Source: British Medical Journal
Vaccinating adults with new pneumonia vaccine more cost-effective, affirms Yale researcher
A new study suggests vaccinating adults against one of the most common causes of pneumonia with a new vaccine, which has virtually eliminated this infection in children, is more cost effective than using the current vaccine. Yale researcher Dr. Eugene Shapiro agrees with the study’s findings in an editorial published in the current issue of JAMA.
Health Headlines: Should people resume wearing masks?
Dr. Arjun Venkatesh, the chief of emergency medicine administration at Yale Medicine and associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, joined News 8 to address the concerns of the COVID subvariant XBB 1.5 affecting the Northeast, bird flu and masking in a smart way during flu season.Source: WTNH
A "Tripledemic" is Leaving Many Sick for Weeks and Months. Here's How to Tell if You Have a Cold, Flu, COVID, RSV or Strep.
Is it cold, flu, RSV, strep, or COVID? Thanks to years of sheltering in place, the public—and especially children—are far more susceptible to severe illness if they do catch anything. And the chances of catching something are pretty high right now, experts warn, with so many viruses circulating.Source: Eat This, Not That!