The common cold and flu are caused by different viruses but can have some similar symptoms, making them tough to tell apart. In general, the flu is worse and symptoms are more intense.
Health officials on Monday said suspected flu cases have jumped in five Southern states, and the primary strain circulating tends to make people sicker than other types.
Newly dating and slightly anxious, two men bared their arms for blood tests and pondered the possibility that one of them, or both, could be infected with HIV. An innovative program — called Testing Together — would allow them to hear their test results minutes later, while sitting side by side.
Elton John is writing his first book, a personal account of the AIDS crisis.
A rising number of parents in more than half of states are opting out of school shots for their kids. And in eight states, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners do not get all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found.
Annual cancer tests are becoming a thing of the past. New guidelines out this month for cervical cancer screening have experts at odds over some things, but they are united in the view that the common practice of getting a Pap test every year is too often and probably doing more harm than good.
A vaccine against cervical cancer hasn't been all that popular for girls. It may be even a harder sell for boys now that it's been recommended for them too.
The whooping cough vaccine given to babies and toddlers loses much of its effectiveness after just three years, which is a lot faster than doctors believed, and that could help explain a recent series of outbreaks in the U.S. among children who were fully vaccinated, a study suggests.
Backpack. Notebooks. Whooping cough shot? If you haven't worried about back-to-school shots since your tween or teen was entering kindergarten, better put vaccines on the to-do list.
More Americans got food poisoning last year, with salmonella cases driving the increase, the government reported recently.
Some of Indiana's state colleges and universities have begun to announce they'll hike tuition next year in excess of the caps advised by Indiana's Higher Education Commission.
Forty-six years ago, Indiana lawmakers repealed a state law banning interracial marriage, just two years before the U.S. Supreme Court declared such laws unconstitutional. On Tuesday, the Indiana House began the process of prohibiting marriage for same-sex couples, throwing in a ban on civil…
People who begin using zinc lozenges, tablets or syrup at the first signs of a cold are more likely to get well faster, researchers reported Tuesday. But the new findings probably won't be the last word on the issue, which has been the subject of back-and-forth debate since the idea was firs…
BOSTON | An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: Bacteria that have been made resistant to nearly all antibiotics by an alarming new gene have sickened people in three states and are popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday.
CHAMPAIGN | From the first days of the recent recall of 550 million eggs from two Iowa farms, one issue about large-scale agriculture has been clear: When something goes wrong on a big farm, it's going to be a big problem.
Millions of eggs from the Iowa farms at the heart of a massive salmonella recall are not destined for the garbage but for a table near you.
CHICAGO | Eggs sunny side up still are on the menu. But restaurants nationwide are more closely watching egg suppliers and reminding diners of the dangers of undercooked food after a massive recall tied to a salmonella outbreak.
WASHINGTON | Half a billion eggs have been recalled in the nationwide investigation of a salmonella outbreak that has already sickened more than 1,000 people.
WHEATON | The DuPage County Health Department says batches of mosquitoes in 10 communities have tested positive for the West Nile virus.
ST. LOUIS | Four veterans treated at the St. Louis VA Medical Center's dental clinic have tested positive for hepatitis, but further testing will be necessary to determine if inadequately sterilized dental equipment is to blame, VA officials said Friday.
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