How Long Are You Contagious With The Flu?

It’s shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in years.

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If you are one of the thousands of unlucky Americans who are sick with the flu, this one’s for you. You’ve spent the last couple of days cooped up in your house watching bad TV, fighting the fever sweats and expelling a baffling amount of mucus. As you start to resemble a human being again, you might feel pressure to head back to work. But when is it really OK to return? Many people go back as soon as their symptoms start to resolve, which could be putting your co-workers at risk. Those unpleasant symptoms are actually the result of your immune response battling the flu virus. Take fever for example. Your body starts a fever because the flu virus doesn’t grow as well at high temperatures, and some immune cells actually work better. All that gooey mucus you’ve been coughing up is good at trapping viruses before they can infect other cells.Your body is in an all out war, you against the virus. Immune cells seek out and destroy virus-infected cells. As your airways get irritated, you cough and sneeze. And that’s exactly what the flu wants. That’s because the flu is spread from person to person in virus containing droplets that are produced when a sick person coughs, sneezes or even breaths. When you cough, tiny droplets that fly from your mouth can travel as far as 20 feet at speeds ranging 25-50 mph. Sometimes, they can stay suspended for hours. If someone inhales those particles, they can become infected. The flu can even be transmitted if someone touches a surface contaminated with flu and then touches her face or mouth. That’s why hand-washing is so important when you’re sick. But, the best way to prevent spreading the flu is to stay home if you can. So how long are you really contagious with the flu? NPR’s Skunk Bear gives us an inside glimpse into how your body fights the flu, and when it’s a good idea to head back to work.

 

The Buzz on Energy Drinks and Our Youth

Report: Energy Drinks Not Safe for

Children & Teens

An American College of Sports Medicine official statement published in Current Sports Medicine Reports said caffeinated energy drinks are not safe for children and teens, who are at a higher risk of consumption-related complications. The statement said children and teens should not consume the drinks before, during or after intense exercise and the drinks should not be marketed to them. HealthDay News (2/9) Click Here for full article.

Many Youths Consuming Energy Drinks Report Adverse Health Effects

A study in CMAJ Open showed that 55.4% of adolescents and young adults who consumed energy drinks said they had at least one adverse health event, 24.7% of whom reported having fast heartbeats. The findings, based on survey data involving 2,055 Canadian youths ages 12 to 25, should prompt increased government action to restrict energy drink consumption among young people, said researcher David Hammond. CTV.ca (Canada) Click Here  for full article.

What You Need to Know about Herbal Supplements

Some common herbal supplements may have dangerous interactions with common prescription drugs, review study suggests

TIME (1/24, MacMillan) reports some “common herbal supplements, including green tea and Ginkgo biloba, can interact with prescription medications” in “dangerous or deadly” ways, “according to a new research review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.” Researchers reviewed “49 case reports of adverse drug reactions, along with two observational studies,” and concluded that herb-drug interactions were “highly probable” in 8 percent of the reports, “probable” in 51 percent, possible in 37 percent, and doubtful in 4 percent.

Teens who get alcohol from their parents may be more likely to binge drink, study suggests

The AMA Bulletin on 1/26/2018 has some articles on Teens who get alcohol from their parents.

USA Today (1/25, Weintraub) reports that research suggests “teens whose early exposure to alcohol comes from home aren’t protected against the dangers of alcohol, and may even be more likely to drink and suffer alcohol-related harms.” The findings were published online in The Lancet Public Health.

On its website, ABC News (1/25, Koushik) reports that investigators “at the National Drug and Alcohol Centre in Australia surveyed a group of 1,927 parents and adolescents over a six-year period to find out what happens when parents provide their kids alcohol.”

HealthDay (1/25, Preidt) reports that at the end of the study, “81 percent of teens who got alcohol from both their parents and other people reported binge drinking,” compared to “62 percent of teens who got alcohol only from other people, and 25 percent of those who got alcohol only from their parents.” HealthDay adds, “Similar patterns were seen for alcohol-related harm, and for signs of future alcohol abuse, dependence and alcohol-use disorders, the study authors said.”

US Sees Worst Flu Season in Nearly a Decade

ABC World News Tonight (1/20, story 6, 1:40, Llamas) reported that the nationwide flu epidemic is “showing no signs of slowing down.” In total, 32 states are reporting high levels of flu activity, and “at least 30 children” have been killed nationwide by the flu. The CBS Evening News (1/19, story 3, 0:20, Glor) reported the flu “epidemic” worsened last week, based on CDC data showing “there are more than 14,000 new cases nationwide, bringing the total for the season to more than 74,000.” Last week alone, 10 children died due to the flu.

USA Today (1/19, Rossman) reported Dan Jernigan, MD, director of the Influenza Division of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, “warned this flu season is very active and was ‘probably peaking’ last week” when the CDC counted 20 pediatric flu-related deaths. The piece said Dr. Jernigan and CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald “attribute the high flu activity to the prevalence of the H3N2 flu, this year’s most common form of flu.”

Please be sure to get your flu vaccine if you have not already done so.  If sick, stay home and rest to recover, drinking plenty of fluids. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and don’t share food or drink with others. See your doctor within 48 hours of onset of flu like symptoms (cough, fever, muscle aches) to consider medication.

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