CDC officials are urging people to get their flu shots. Lyn Finelli, CDC's chief of influenza surveillance and outbreak response in the Influenza Division, says the normal way of thinking is that flu isn't really that serious because people don't know 20,000 people died last year from influenza. She adds that flu victims usually don't know for a while they are sick.
New statistics show that 1 in 10 Americans have gone to work while high on marijuana. A joint poll from Mashable.com and SurveyMonkey of 534 Americans found that about 9.7 percent of U.S. workers have gone to work after smoking weed. Some 81 percent of those bought the drug illegally, the poll found. Those people did not purchase the marijuana in Colorado or Washington.
The FDA has issued its approval to a new fast-acting erectile dysfunction drug from Vivus and Auxilium. The new drug is called Stendra (avanafil) and marks the first ED drug approved by the FDA that can be taken approximately 15 minutes before sexual activity. Wayne JG Hellstrom says it could provide a viable new option to ED patients.
Routine use of artificial sweeteners may be linked with increased diabetes risk, according to a new study from researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. For the study the researchers conducted experiments on the gut microbes found in both humans and mice. They examined the effects of artificial sweeteners including aspartame, sucralose and saccharine.
Couples who smoke pot together are less likely to experience domestic violence, according to research conducted at the University at Buffalo. The study, published in the journal of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, surveyed 634 couples through the first nine years of marriage. Roughly 22 percent of women and 28 percent of men reported using pot.
Those who do not get regular eye exams as they get older have an increased risk of death, according to a new report. In the new study, published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology, scientists looked at data from the Salisbury Eye Evaluation, which tracked the vision and health of people ages 65 to 84 living in Salisbury, Maryland, from 1993 through 2003.
Fewer U.S. teenagers are using sunscreen, a new study has shown. The study, conducted by researchers at William Paterson University in New Jersey, published Thursday in the publication Preventing Chronic Disease, found that the percentage of high school students using sunscreen dropped from 67.7 percent in 2001 to 56.1 percent in 2011.
The FDA has issued a recall on some home tattoo kits, claiming that they could cause harmful infections. The kits included in the recall are those marketed by White and Blue Lion, Inc. Both companies issued recalls on these products in July, but now the FDA is also requesting that customers return these products to the manufacturers immediately.
One in six lupus patients are likely to wind up back in the hospital within one month of their initial visit, according to a new study from researchers at the Division of Rheumatology at the University of California-San Francisco. For the study the researchers reviewed health records of 31,903 Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients aged 18 and up between the years of 2008 and 2009.