Influenza

Can humans get dog flu?

If you’re a dog lover, it’s not unusual to share your bed and maybe even some human food with your beloved dog. In return, your dog gives you a ton of love and tail wags, but might give you something else instead: dog flu. Wait, can humans get dog flu? Scientists are worried dogs...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 5:27pm

Is the flu over? Not so fast, says the CDC

We all know that the flu season this year has been out of control. But with the weather fluctuations and the work stress, it’s hard to tell if people (maybe even you) are still sick because of the wear and tear of daily life or residual effects of the flu. So, is the flu over? Maybe you got...

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 10:14am

Getting the flu can increase risk of heart attack

The latest frightening news about the flu is here: According to a new study, being stricken with the virus can increase the risk of heart attack.  The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that patients are six times more likely to suffer cardiac arrest within seven...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:00pm

Is it too late to get the flu shot?

The flu continues to wreak havoc across the United States with every state except Hawaii reporting widespread flu activity. And if you've been paying attention to the news, you might be wondering is it too late to get the flu shot? The flu's not just causing school shutdowns and lost...

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 3:06pm

Ward off winter's nasty bugs with these easy steps

You see the date on the calendar. You feel the temperature drop and watch the sun set ridiculously early. You hear fellow commuters sniffling on the train. Your immune system quivers at the very notion of cold and flu season, but getting sick doesn’t have to be inevitable. Boost your immunity...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:32pm

Philly feds indict woman in ISIS plot day after two women were busted in NYC

A Philly woman who called herself the "Young Lioness" was planning on flying overseas to join Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in their brutal war to create an Islamic state.The arrest of Keonna Thomas, 30, comes just one day after two Queens women were indicted for plotting to build and detonate a...

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 9:56pm

Philly law to mandate paid sick-leave moves forward

Strep throat. A broken rib. A broken foot. Diarrhea. The flu. Severe sunburn.Those are the illnesses restaurant worker Jason McCarthey has suffered while on the job as a waiter and bartender, unable to miss a day’s work because he needed the money and received no paid sick days.“With a bad sunburn...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 3:28am

Flu vaccine missed the mark badly this season

The Centers for Disease Control have determined just how off this year’s batch of flu vaccines was, with more than three-quarters of Americans who got the shot still at risk of getting the virus anyway, given a mismatch between the flu strains covered by the shot and those actually causing illness...

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 3:56am

Boston announces first flu death of 2014-2015 season

A Boston man in his twenties with underlying health conditions is the first person to die this flu season due to complications from the influenza virus,the Boston Public Health Commission said Friday.Since the beginning of October, there have been 122 reported cases of influenza in Boston,...

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:31pm

Flu hitting earlier, harder than previous years, experts say

An influenza epidemic is sweeping the nation, with more cases and hospitalizations this year, and a less effective vaccine for the strain.The virus is characterized as “widespread” in New York State, with flu activity reported in all five boroughs and 54 counties, according to the New York State...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 3:39am

Boston can expect flu uptick to continue, experts say

An influenza epidemic is sweeping the nation, with more cases and hospitalizations this year, and a less effective vaccine for the strain.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 43 states, including Massachusetts, have high or widespread outbreaks. Flu-like symptoms accounted for nearly...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 3:01am