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The flu can raise the risk of heart attack

Categories: Flu  /  Heart Health  /  News

The news about flu this season just keeps getting worse. Not only has this been a really bad influenza season by most accounts, but a newly published study now adds a lot more evidence to the notion that flu also raises the risk of heart attacks — a life-threatening connection that was long suspected but never proven. The study by Canadian researchers, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, examined test results from nearly 20,000 adults in Ontario with lab-confirmed flu between 2009 and 2014, and matched them to hospital records. That allowed them to see which patients with lab-confirmed flu had heart attacks. They found patients …Read More >

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Yes, it’s a wretched, awful, miserable flu season this year

Categories: Emergency care  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  News

If you thought flu season was bad this year, here’s a little confirmation. It’s bad this year. An early season and a troublesome flu strain have sickened a lot of people in our community, and across the country. It’s been setting some records at University Health System, where the virology lab is reporting total weekly numbers of cases approaching the volumes seen during the swine flu pandemic in 2009, with 273 positive cases the week ending Jan. 6. Most of those were University Health System patients, and the numbers are likely deceptively low because when flu is in full swing, …Read More >

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Cold, flu or allergies?

Categories: Emergency care  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  News

SOMETHING is making you sick. And unfortunately, this time of year, it could be any number of things. While you may be miserable regardless of the cause, identifying the problem could make a difference as to how to treat it and feel better sooner. Influenza is the most serious of the cold-weather bugs, mainly because its complications put a lot of people in the hospital. And flu season is well underway in San Antonio. Our University Health System labs are seeing a lot of the A/H3N2 strain — which is the predominant strain this year. Although there’s been concern that …Read More >

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Flu season becoming intense in Bexar County

Categories: Flu  /  Infections  /  News

This year’s flu season seems to be reaching its miserable peak after rising in intensity in recent weeks. University Health System’s lab this week reported 128 cases of A-type influenza strains and another 13 cases of a B-strain flu during the week ending Feb. 11.  That represented a 62 percent increase in A-type flu cases in one week. The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District on Tuesday reported a similar rise at testing sites throughout the county. In an interview with KENS TV last week, Dr. Jason Bowling, an infectious disease specialist with UT Health San Antonio and staff epidemiologist at …Read More >

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Paying proper attention to a familiar disease threat

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  Pregnancy

It’s been a busy year for scary, emerging infectious diseases around the world, from Ebola virus disease to MERS, to the hard-to-pronounce chikungunya virus. Maybe because they’re new, they’ve gotten a lot of attention in the media and around the water cooler. But as we’re entering the start of this year’s flu season, it’s worth putting these disease threats in perspective. Influenza is also very serious. It kills some 15,000 Americans each year. It puts hundreds of thousands more in the hospital, and infects many millions. The elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with certain chronic illnesses are at …Read More >

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