New Flu Drug and Fast Flu Facts

Current Events, Medicine, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

In October 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new flu drug, Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil). This single-dose, oral prescription drug is the first flu treatment approved by the FDA in nearly 20 years. With flu season still in effect, this new drug can bring relief to the rising number of flu cases in the United States.

All About Xofluza

The new flu drug, Xofluza, was discovered by Japan’s Shionogi & Co., Ltd. and was approved in February 2018 by the Japanese Ministry of Health…

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Do You Know How Much You’re Eating?

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Lauren Mattiuzzo

By May 7th, 2018, restaurants and food establishments in the United States will be required to comply with requirements to add calorie information labels to foods that are offered and served. In early February, the House passed legislation which would amend how restaurants would provide the calorie count. Although restaurant owners are in favor of the updated legislation, public health experts are raising concerns.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was enacted by the 111th United States Congress and signed into law by former President Barack Obama on March 23…

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Anti-Vaccination Movement and the Flu

Current Events, Human Rights, Medicine, Popular Culture, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

It is officially flu season. The dominant strain this season is the H3N2 strain, known to cause more hospitalizations and deaths than other strains. Although the flu shot’s effectiveness cannot yet be calculated, experts are expecting it to be about 30% effective. The severity of this year’s flu has contributed to the ongoing vaccination debate.

Facts about the Flu

Influenza (“the flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every state in the U.S…

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