Study reveals biological mechanism to explain why respiratory viruses increase in colder seasons

Researchers at Mass Eye and Ear and Northeastern University have discovered a previously unidentified immune response inside the nose that fights viruses responsible for upper respiratory tract infections. Further testing revealed that this protective response is inhibited in colder temperatures, making infection more likely to occur. The new study, published December 6 in The Journal …

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Top St. Francis Physicians Encourage Flu and COVID Vaccines to Prepare for Late December Meetings

Hospital leaders at Saint Francis Health System say the 2022 holiday season has already gone viral, literally, and this week is your last, best chance for an immune system boost before holiday gatherings. Dr. Reetu Singh, medical director, and Dr. Travis Campbell, medical director of Children’s Hospital in Saint Francis, said Tuesday they are concerned …

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Local hospitals packed as RSV and other virus cases rise

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – RSV cases are eight times higher than the five-year average in Pima County. RSV is a respiratory virus that typically has the biggest impact on young children, and places like schools and day care centers can be superspreaders. It’s already an aggressively bad year for RSV and local hospitals …

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Catch the match, not a virus

Football and soccer fans from all over the world gather to watch their countries’ teams play in a tournament to go down in history. Seeing parties, restaurants, and venues large and small are packed with people wearing the colors and jerseys of their favorite teams and players, excitement fills the air as they tune in …

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White House resists declaring an emergency due to flu and virus increase in children

The White House is resisting calls by pediatric health groups to declare a national emergency due to the early rise in respiratory illnesses in children. As seasonal flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), coronavirus and other respiratory viruses invade the country, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association argue that an emergency declaration, …

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The real reasons why your family is sick right now | Health

Something is disrupting the normal seasonal streams of cold and flu viruses. They were down to a trickle during the early part of the Covid pandemic only to burst through human populations this year. Some public health experts have called it “tripledemia,” but it could even be described as quadrupledemia. In the northern hemisphere, the …

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Must gather for Thanksgiving as respiratory viruses rise? – NBC Chicago

Chicago-area hospitals are filling up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as cases of various respiratory viruses spike, so health experts say it’s important to think about a few things before you meet this week. Hospitals are already reporting a worrying rate of pediatric hospitalizations, with intensive care unit bed capacity dropping to single digits. Some …

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Chicago Area Hospitals Run Out of Beds to Help Sick Children Amid Virus Rise – NBC Chicago

Chicago-area hospitals are filling up in the run-up to the Thanksgiving holiday, with some days without beds available to treat seriously ill children as flu and RSV cases rise. “Hospitals and clinics are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of people suffering from respiratory illnesses such as influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and …

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