Monday, December 18, 2017

CDC Advisory Committee Recommends Universal Influenza Vaccine

A panel of immunization experts voted today (February 24, 2010) to expand the recommendation for annual influenza vaccination to include all people aged 6 months and older. The expanded recommendation is to take effect in the 2010 – 2011 influenza season. The new recommendation seeks to remove barriers to influenza immunization and signals the importance […]

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Children’s Asthma Symptom Treatment Often Delayed by Parents

Parents of young children with asthma often recognize signs that their child is about to have an asthma attack but delay home treatment until the attack occurs, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report.

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Stuttering Gene Discovered by Researchers

Researchers have discovered a stuttering gene. The findings suggest common speech problem, in some cases, may actually be an inherited metabolic disorder.

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Kalbitor Approved for Treatment of Hereditary Angiodema (HAE)

FDA Approves Kalbitor for Treating Potentially Life-Threatening Attacks of Hereditary Angioedema The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Kalbitor (ecallantide) on Dec. 1 to treat sudden and potentially life-threatening fluid buildup that can occur in people with a rare genetic condition known as hereditary angioedema (HAE). HAE is caused by a defect in the blood […]

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New Flu Vaccine Approved: Agriflu Seasonal Flu Vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved Agriflu for people ages 18 years and older to prevent disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and B. Agriflu is not intended to protect against the 2009 H1N1 influenza. Agriflu, manufactured by Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics in Siena, Italy, was approved using the FDA’s accelerated […]

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Ayurvedic Medicine (Ayurveda) Overview

Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It originated in India and has evolved there over thousands of years. In the United States, Ayurvedic medicine is considered complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)—more specifically, a CAM whole medical system. Many therapies used in Ayurvedic medicine are also used on their […]

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Aroma Therapy Facts

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants to support and balance the mind, body, and spirit. There is no evidence that aromatherapy cures or prevents cancer. It is used by patients with cancer mainly as a form of supportive care that may improve quality of life and reduce stress and anxiety. Aromatherapy may […]

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Aloe Vera: Uses, Effectiveness and Cautions

This article provides basic information about aloe vera—common names, uses, and potential side effects. Aloe vera’s use can be traced back 6,000 years to early Egypt, where the plant was depicted on stone carvings. Known as the “plant of immortality,” aloe was presented as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs.

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Introduction to Acupuncture

Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world, and is part of traditional Chinese medicinal practice. It is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of qi and imbalance in the forces of yin and yang. Practices such as herbs, meditation, massage, and acupuncture seek to aid healing […]

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Music Therapy in Hospice Care

Music therapy, taught in a four-year program with a six-month internship following coursework, combines work in music, psychology and other disciplines. It has many applications in a wide variety of environments and a broad range of clients, from premature babies to people needing physical or psychological therapy. The key is to get a patient moving or involved with the music, perhaps singing along or playing an instrument as the therapist plays on the guitar.

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