Large Study Finds Link Between Viral Infections and Future Brain Illness

An illustration of varicella zoster virus, the cause of chickenpox and shingles.illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Common viral infections may be having far-reaching effects on our brain health, new research suggests. The study found a link between dozens of different viral exposures and a later increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. More research will … Read more

Can a Virus Age You?

The following is an excerpt from Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature’s Secrets to Longevity by Nicklas Brendborg. Available for sale January 17, 2023 at Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobleand Bookshop.org. When the United States began vaccinating against the measles virus in the 1960s, children fortunately stopped getting measles. But that wasn’t the only thing; suddenly, American children … Read more

Ohio Measles Outbreak Hospitalizes More Than 32 Children

A child with a measles rash.photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A measles outbreak in Columbus, Ohio has sickened over 80 children and hospitalized dozens. The majority of these cases have involved unvaccinated children who were nevertheless eligible for vaccination. It is not yet clear how long the outbreak will continue, with the most recent case having been … Read more

How to Beat Your Nighttime Cough (and Finally Get Some Sleep)

Photo: Zmaster (Shutterstock) When you’re overcoming the cold or flu, you can get trapped in a hellish cycle of needing sleep to recover, but losing sleep due to lingering symptoms. Just after your cough has disappeared during the day, it often creeps back at night—making you (and everyone else in your household) Miserable. Here’s what … Read more

What Parents Need to Know About Enterovirus D68

Photo: L Julia (Shutterstock) The CDC recently issued an alert to healthcare providers about enterovirus D68, which has turned up in children who were hospitalized with severe respiratory illnesses. This virus can also cause a form of paralysis known as acute flaccid myelitis. Most illnesses with this virus do not cause the paralysis, but it’s … Read more

Number of Potential Mystery Hepatitis Cases in U.S. Jumps to 180

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it is now looking into 180 reports of children with severe and sudden unexplained liver inflammation, known as acute hepatitis. the first reports of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children popped up in October and November 2021, with five cases in Alabama. The state’s … Read more

CDC Warns Doctors to Look Out for Mystery Liver Illness in Children

photo† Getty †Getty Images† The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors to keep an eye out for mysterious cases of hepatitis that are affecting young kids in the US and elsewhere. Two children in the US have become so sick that they’ve required a liver transplant. Officials in Europe and Israel have … Read more

Kids in the U.S. and Europe Are Coming Down With Mysterious Liver Damage

Photo† Getty †Getty Images† A string of severe hepatitis cases in children has doctors across both sides of the pond spooked. Dozens of children in the UK and Europe, as well as some in the US, have come down with symptoms of hepatitis not currently explained by known causes. Theories for the outbreak include the … Read more