Debunking Flu Shot Myths Makes Some Less Likely To Get Vaccinated

Only 42 percent of adults in the U.S. get their flu shots. A key reason for this low number is the misconception that you can catch the flu from the vaccine. But, a recent study found that, when vaccine-fearing patients heard the real facts from their doctors, they were actually more reluctant to get their flu shots. » 12/09/14 1:40pm 12/09/14 1:40pm

Why you really get sick on planes – and how to prevent it

If you're about to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving, you're probably dreading the possibility that you'll catch a bug along the way. And with good reason: Many people come down with something nasty in the days following an airplane flight. Why does this happen, and how can you keep yourself from getting sick? » 11/26/13 11:05am 11/26/13 11:05am

Why flying on planes can make you sick - and how to stop it

If you're about to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving, you're probably dreading the possibility that you'll catch a bug along the way. And you're not alone. Many people report coming down with something in the days following an airplane flight. It's not like we're all lining up to lick the lavatory handles — so why can't… » 11/23/11 9:24am 11/23/11 9:24am

Google Creates Plague Prediction System

Google doesn't just help you find the nearest pizza place anymore - now it helps doctors find where flu epidemics are going to strike next. Working with a group of epidemiologists, the tech megacorp has revealed a new system for tracking disease outbreaks by checking what people are searching for. By tracking the rise… » 11/20/08 10:28am 11/20/08 10:28am

Antibodies for Avian Flu Extracted from 90-Year-Old Blood Samples

Two mutations in the H1N1 avian flu virus were responsible for killing 50 million people all over the world during the 1918 outbreak of so-called Spanish Flu. Now researchers at MIT have analyzed 90-year-old blood samples from people who survived the flu, and the blood still contains antibodies that react to H1N1… » 8/18/08 11:25am 8/18/08 11:25am