Tuesday Tips: What’s the best way to avoid the flu this year?

Who has time to be out with the flu? Protect yourself (and the people around you) this year with these simple steps. Watch: What’s the best way to avoid the flu this year? Journalists: This broadcast-quality video (:35) is in the downloads at the end of the post. Please “Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network.”

Infectious disease and vaccine hot topics: Lyme, measles, flu and HPV: Mayo Clinic Radio

Whether it’s Lyme disease or the ongoing concern about measles, infectious diseases and vaccines are hot topics in the news. Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person. Some are transmitted by insects or other animals. Many infectious diseases, such as measles and […]

Infectious disease and vaccine hot topics: Lyme, measles, flu and HPV

Whether it’s Lyme disease or the ongoing concern about measles, infectious diseases and vaccines are hot topics in the news. Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person. Some are transmitted by insects or other animals. Many infectious diseases, such as measles and […]

Racism influences medical students’ decision on practicing in minority or underserved communities, study says

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A longitudinal study of 3,756 U.S. medical students provides evidence that racism in medical schools influenced their decisions on whether to practice in minority or underserved communities. “Structural racism is deeply embedded in all areas of society, and medical education is no exception,” according to the study in the August issue of […]

Infectious Disease A–Z: Will there be a universal flu vaccine?

A better, more effective flu vaccine is a matter of when — not if — says Dr. Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. The National Institutes of Health is testing an experimental universal flu vaccine with the goal of providing high-efficacy, long-lasting protection against influenza viruses. “The idea behind a universal flu […]

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Flu season part 2

A second wave of influenza infection is underway in parts of the U.S., and it is a different strain that started the flu season. “Typically, we see a predominant circulating strain each season, whether that’s H1N1 strain or an H3N2 strain,” says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic. “The 2017–2018 flu […]

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Are antiviral medications effective against the flu?

Most healthy people who become sick with the flu recover without needing to seek medical attention. For some, complications can arise. An estimated more than 250,000 Americans have been hospitalized due to the flu this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there is no cure for the flu, treatment can prevent complications […]

National Kidney Month / fluoride varnish / sunscreen: Mayo Clinic Radio

More than 30 million American adults have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk due to diabetes and high blood pressure, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Chronic kidney disease is a gradual loss of kidney function. Your kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from your blood, which are then flushed from the […]

Mayo Clinic Radio: National Kidney Month / fluoride varnish / sunscreen

More than 30 million American adults have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk due to diabetes and high blood pressure, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Chronic kidney disease is a gradual loss of kidney function. Your kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from your blood, which are then flushed from the […]

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Skip the flu shot? It’s not too late

If you skipped getting an annual flu shot, it’s not too late. And getting the shot is highly encouraged says Dr. Pritish Tosh, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist. While this flu season is less severe than last season, nearly 20 million Americans have become sick with the flu this season and 56 pediatric deaths have been reported, […]

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