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U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb
FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Flu season continues to tighten its grip on the United States, with 35 states now experiencing widespread influenza activity, federal officials reported Friday.
The flu seems to be hitting young and middle-aged adults the hardest this year, rather than seniors or children, said Dr. Michael Jhung, a medical officer in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Influenza Division.Read entire article...
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National Screening Urged to Detect Eye Disease in Blacks
FRIDAY, March 16 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged black people may benefit from a routine national glaucoma screening program, according to new research.
A computer-based mathematical model found routine screening could make a modest reduction in the number of people who go blind or become visually impaired from the eye disease.
Glaucoma is a chronic, degenerative disease that affects more than 2.2 million Americans and nearly 2 percent of Americans older than age 40, according to the study authors. There are several types, the most common of which is open-angle chronic glaucoma, which occurs when pressure builds in the eye and puts pressure on the optic nerve.
Yet, many cases go undiagnosed. "The high prevalence of undiagnosed glaucoma contributes to visual loss, an outcome that is disproportionately common in African American individuals," the authors wrote.Read entire article...
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