Chicken Soup Really Does Have Health Benefits

By Health Day – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

[When I was young, I was told, “Have some chicken soup. It couldn’t hurt.” -Bob]

Many people rely on chicken noodle soup to soothe a cold, but few know exactly why the warm broth brings relief.

But one dietitian can explain its magic.

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Terrifying New African Ebola Outbreak

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From WUWT

The description of the latest Ebola epidemic sounds like the script of a dark Hollywood outbreak movie – a rising outbreak in a conflict zone, medical staff hampered by threats to physical safety, frightening indications this outbreak may become worse than previous outbreaks.

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New Flu Drug Approved for First Time in 20 Years

By Health Day – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

For the first time in two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new type of antiviral flu drug.

The single oral dose of Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) is for the treatment of uncomplicated flu in patients aged 12 and older who have had symptoms for no more than 48 hours.

When used within 48 hours of getting sick with the flu, antiviral drugs can reduce symptoms and duration of the illness, according to the FDA.

New Evidence That Viruses May Play a Role in Alzheimer’s

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer’s, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease.

The findings don’t prove viruses cause Alzheimer’s, nor do they suggest it’s contagious.

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Party Dips Spread Norovirus, Herpes, Report Says

By Zoe Papadakis – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Party dips can give you norovirus and even herpes, an investigation revealed, so you might want to think twice next time you indulge in a party spread.

On Monday’s episode of Food Unwrapped on Channel 4 in the U.K., microbiologists revealed just what dangerous viruses could be lurking in some of your favorite dips and the worst part is that you would not even know about it until it was too late, The Daily Mail reported.

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Pig Virus Found in China and Ohio Could Be Threat to Humans

By Jen Krausz – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

A pig virus found in China in 2012 and in Ohio in 2014 could threaten humans, researchers found when they studied the virus in a lab setting.

The porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) was not even thought to be a disease when it was found in China in 2012, Newsweek reported. In Ohio in 2014, it was causing severe diarrhea in the animals that was sometimes fatal.

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Over-Regulation Is Making Us More Vulnerable to Disease

By Ronald Bailey – Re-Blogged From Reason

Regulatory precaution, not rising temperatures, is the main driver for the increase in vector-borne disease.

“Climate change needs to be put out there as a major driver of vector-borne disease in the U.S.,” Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Texas’ Baylor College of Medicine, told Gizmodo. This was in response to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that reports of vector-borne diseases have tripled since 2004. These infectious illnesses include Lyme disease that is spread by ticks, and West Nile and Zika viruses spread by mosquitoes. The CDC report is indeed alarming, but not chiefly because climate change is exacerbating certain infectious maladies. Instead, the increase in vector-borne illnesses identified by the CDC says much more about how the proliferation of regulatory barriers is slowing the development and deployment of modern technologies to prevent the spread of disease.

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