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Tag Archives: Respiratory Diseases
FDA Panel Recommends 2 RSV Vaccines for Older Adults
The shots, if approved by the agency, would be the first vaccines publicly available against a respiratory virus that kills thousands a year. Some advisers did cite a small but identifiable health risk.
Shattered Homes and Lurking Disease: Quake Hardships Pile Up
Hundreds of thousands are sheltering in tents, breathing air thick with pollutants unleashed from tombs of rubble, fearful that a new disaster could strike at any moment.
The Mask Mandates Did Nothing. Will Any Lessons Be Learned?
“Do something” is not science, and it shouldn’t have been public policy.
Why Saving Kids Is Bad Business in America
For hospitals, pediatrics isn’t as lucrative as adult health care — and we’ve been underinvesting in kids for decades.
This Party Season, You Don’t Have to R.S.V.P., Just Test
As rising Covid rates collide with a return to holiday festivities, hosts are coming up with inventive compromises.
Cold and Flu Medicine: What to Stock for the ‘Tripledemic’
Doctors weigh in on the essentials families need and what parents can do if they’re unable to find children’s pain reliever.
How to Spot Flu Symptoms in Children
This year’s influenza season looks to be particularly bad. We asked doctors what parents need to know about the virus — and need to recognize when things turn serious.
Frustrations Grow Over Company’s Response to Breathing Device Recalls
Lawsuits claim the company, Philips Respironics, knew of problems with its CPAP and other machines long before notifying customers of potential health risks.
Scientists Are Gaining On RSV, a Persistent Threat to Children
Vaccines and treatments are in trials, but the virus remains a leading killer of infants worldwide.
Home Remedies for Cold and Flu Symptoms
Here’s what we know about some of the most popular remedies that show at least a little promise.
After the Storm, the Mold: Warming Is Worsening Another Costly Disaster
Mold in homes is a costly crisis that often accompanies hurricanes and flooding, and climate change is amplifying the rain that feeds outbreaks.
What Is Legionnaires’ Disease and How Can I Protect Myself?
Nearly one out of every 10 people who gets sick with Legionnaires’ dies because of complications from the illness. Here’s what to know about prevention, detection and treatment.
Bronxites Fear More Traffic In Congestion Pricing Plan
New York City’s congestion pricing program could cut traffic in the busy commercial district but push more vehicles into vulnerable areas.
Can Exercise Strengthen Your Immunity?
Recent research suggests that people who work out have stronger resistance to infectious diseases — including Covid — but experts say the findings need to be tested further.
This Is Not the Monkeypox That Doctors Thought They Knew
The patients turning up at clinics often have a range of symptoms that are not typical of the infection. Some of the infected seem to have no symptoms at all.
What Are Burn Pits, and How Did They Harm U.S. Troops?
Veterans and their advocates describe continuously burning fires on overseas bases that consumed the military’s trash and produced toxic smoke.
Can Fire Smoke Cause Lung Cancer?
And how does the risk compare with inhaling smoke from cigarettes?
Inhalers Don’t Have to Be a Climate Problem
Some inhalers use greenhouse gases to help deliver medication into the lungs. The good news is there are alternatives.
The Supreme Court Dealt a Terrible Blow to Children’s Health
We are now learning that climate change and air pollution can act together to increase health effects.
Air Pollution Kills 10 Million People a Year. Why Do We Accept That as Normal?
Threats often appear larger and more profound the farther off they are, and more manageable and even routine once they arrive
The Health Effects of Extreme Heat
Researchers are drilling down into the ways life on a hotter planet will tax our bodies, and looking for protections that, unlike air-conditioning, don’t make the problem worse.
A Million Pandemic Deaths, and These Are Still Uncounted
These pandemic deaths are still uncounted.
The Monster That Followed Him Home From War
A disabled veteran takes his case to the Supreme Court.
Shrugs Over Flu Signal Future Attitudes About Covid
The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t prompted most Americans to take influenza more seriously. Instead, more people are likely to think of Covid the way they think of flu, experts say.
E.P.A. Plans Tighter Tailpipe Rules for Trucks, Vans and Buses
For the first time since 2001, the government is setting more stringent limits on pollution from trucks, vans, and buses that harms human health.
Biden Administration to Reinstate Mercury Pollution Rules Weakened Under Trump
The E.P.A. will resume enforcing limits on the release of mercury, a neurotoxin linked to developmental damage in children, from coal-burning power plants.
When Omicron Isn’t So Mild
For those with underlying medical conditions, the latest pandemic wave has still posed a threat.
Even Low Levels of Soot Can Be Deadly to Older People, Research Finds
The four-year air pollution study, which followed 68.5 million older Americans, was the first of its kind.
For the Climate, Biden Must Be More Aggressive in Ending New Truck and Bus Emissions
To meet his climate goals, the president must clean up these carbon-spewing vehicles.
The Soldiers Came Home Sick. The Government Denied It Was Responsible.
U.S. service members and veterans have long insisted that the military’s garbage-disposal fires in war zones made them ill. Why were their claims stonewalled for so long?
RSV In My Child: Should I Be Concerned?
Respiratory syncytial virus is showing an unusual summer surge.
Is Nose Hair Essential to Fighting Off Colds and Other Viral Illnesses?
Expert advice on whether trimming or waxing your nose hairs might increase the risk of respiratory infections.
Why Everyone Has the Worst Summer Cold Ever
As pandemic restrictions begin to relax, common viruses that cause drippy noses, stuffy heads and other cold symptoms have roared back to taunt your immune system.
E.P.A. to Review Rules on Soot Linked to Deaths, Which Trump Declined to Tighten
The Biden administration says it will consider tougher limits on a deadly air pollutant that disproportionately affects low-income and minority communities.
‘Delayed Prescribing’ May Help Cut Down on Antibiotic Use
Most respiratory illnesses don’t require antibiotics, which can have harmful side effects.
Indonesian Lawsuit Seeks Court’s Help in Pollution Battle
A district court in Indonesia’s capital is expected to rule soon in a suit accusing the president and top officials of failing to curb pollution.
Where Does a Candle Go When It Burns?
Just saying, maybe go easy with the candelabras.
Can Covid Research Help Solve the Mysteries of Other Viruses?
The coronavirus may help scientists understand why some people with common viral infections develop severe complications, like heart damage or blood clots.
There’s No ‘One Size Fits All’ Treatment for Asthma
A new set of guidelines recognizes the complexity in the interaction between a patient’s genetics and the environment.
How Climate Change May Affect Your Health
No matter where you live or how high your socioeconomic status, climate change can endanger your health, both physical and mental, now and in the future.
The Coronavirus Pandemic: A Timeline
The outbreak of the virus has sickened more than 80 million people. At least 1.7 million people have died. Here’s how the year unfolded.
These Algorithms Could End the Scourge of Tuberculosis
In rural India and other places where tuberculosis is rampant, A.I. that scans lung X-rays might eliminate the scourge.
Trump Says He’s Beaten Covid-19. Doctors Aren’t So Sure.
Mr. Trump’s physician has given an incomplete, upbeat picture of his health. Medical experts warn that the president is entering a pivotal, unpredictable phase.
Abandoned Rio Tinto Mine Is Blamed for Poisoned Bougainville Rivers
Residents of the Papua New Guinea region have accused the mining giant of environmental and human rights violations and asked for an investigation.
We’ll Have to Learn to Live With Smoke. Here’s Why.
There’s a huge fire debt in the West that must be paid off, experts say, either through controlled burns or out-of-control blazes. Either way, that means smoke.
How to Protect Children from Wildfire Smoke
Even if flames are far away, smoke can travel and threaten kids’ health. But staying inside has trade-offs too.
How Flu Shots Can Help in the Fight Against Covid-19
Experts worry that the two diseases could overwhelm the health care system and create a new shortage of hospital beds and personal protective equipment.
Wildfire Smoke Is Dangerous. Here’s How to Protect Yourself.
Smoke spreads misery, including health problems, far beyond fire zones. We have key facts and tips.
Is Staying Home Harming Your Child’s Immune System?
Why exposure to other germy kids might matter.