The triple threat of the flu, Covid and RSV

CNN — The United States faces a triple threat, with a confluence of viral infections due to respiratory syncytial virus, flu and Covid-19. Many children’s hospitals are overwhelmed after RSV spikes, while flu levels are at their highest for more than a decade at this point in the year. And after a lull in cases, … Read more

Hospitals in the US are the most full they’ve been during the pandemic – but it’s not just Covid

CNN — Hospitals are more crowded than during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a CNN analysis of data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. But as the respiratory virus season ramps up in the US, it’s much more than Covid filling the beds this year. More than 80% of hospital beds are … Read more

Face masks return to prominence amid triple threat of Covid-19, flu, RSV

CNN — Months after most mask requirements came to an end and many people stopped wearing them, some of the country’s leading health experts are encouraging people to put their face masks back on – but this time it’s not just because of Covid-19. As a triple threat of respiratory illness – flu, RSV and … Read more

Statins lower the risk of one of the deadliest types of strokes, research shows

CNN — Doctors know that drugs called statins lower a person’s risk of stroke due to a blood clot. But a new study shows that the cheap drugs may also reduce the risk of a first stroke due to intracerebral hemorrhage, the deadliest kind. An intracerebral hemorrhage is when blood from an artery suddenly begins … Read more

How to screen for colon cancer

CNN — Colon cancer has claimed another life. Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Kirstie Alley, best known for her roles on the TV sitcoms “Cheers” and “Veronica’s Closet,” passed away Monday at age 71 after battling cancer that was ‘recently discovered’, according to a family statement. An Alley representative confirmed via email to CNN … Read more

Measles outbreak in central Ohio grows to more than 50 children, caused by ‘lack of vaccination’

CNN — A measles outbreak in central Ohio is growing and sickening more than 50 children, many of them requiring hospitalization, according to data updated Tuesday by Columbus Public Health. None of the children had been fully vaccinated against measles. Since the outbreak began in November, at least 58 cases of measles have been identified … Read more

Why cold and flu viruses are more common in winter

Editor’s Note: Get inspired by a weekly roundup about living well, made simple. Sign up for CNN Life, but better newsletter for information and tools to improve your well-being. CNN — There’s a shiver in the air, and you all know what that means — it’s time for cold and flu season, when it seems … Read more

According to the study, ultra-processed foods may contribute to dementia

Editor’s Note: Sign up for CNN’s Eat, But Better: Mediterranean Style. Our eight-part guide shows you a delicious, expert-backed eating lifestyle that will boost your health for life. CNN — We all eat them – ultra-processed foods like frozen pizzas and ready meals make our busy lives a lot easier. Besides, they’re just damn delicious … Read more

What is Strep A, the common bacteria that killed 6 children in the UK?

London CNN — UK health officials are advising parents and schools to watch for Strep A infections following the recent deaths of six children. With Covid-19 restrictions such as masking and social distancing no longer required in the UK, infections such as Strep A are spreading more easily, with cases rising in the past month. … Read more

As respiratory viruses strain US health care systems, the Biden administration talks about how it is willing to help

CNN — Nearly 20,000 people in the United States were hospitalized for the flu last week, nearly double the number of admissions from the previous week, according to data updated Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates there have been at least 8.7 million illnesses, 78,000 hospitalizations, and 4,500 … Read more