Early Treatment With Flu Antivirals May Shorten Seniors' Hospital Stay

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Early antiviral treatment for seniors with severe cases of the flu may shorten their hospital stay and reduce the need for extended care after discharge, a new government study finds.

Impotence Drug Aids Treatment of Rare Lung Disease: Study

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A combination treatment using the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis may greatly reduce death and hospitalization from an incurable lung disease that mainly affects women, a new clinical trial shows.

U.S. Smoking Rate Falls to 15 Percent: CDC

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. smoking rate continues to decline, with just over 15 percent of adults reporting they're current smokers, a new government survey reveals.

Flu Vaccine Protects Nursing Home Residents, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal flu shots save lives and prevent hospitalizations among nursing home residents, a new study shows.

NYC Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak May Be Slowing

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The ongoing outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York City is showing signs of slowing, city health chief Dr. Mary Bassett said Friday.

Online Program Boosts Hand Washing, Cuts Infections

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An online program that encourages people to wash their hands reduced the spread of cold and flu viruses within families, a new study says.

Bigger Families Mean More Infections, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Love kids? Having a bunch may have its downside, a new study finds.

Legionnaire's Disease Most Deadly for Frail, Elderly, Experts Say

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As New York City health officials work to contain an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, health experts note that the elderly, smokers and those with respiratory conditions are most vulnerable to the potentially deadly bacteria.

Health Tip: Avoid Canker Sore Pain

(HealthDay News) -- Canker sores are painful lesions that tend to develop inside the cheek or lips, on the gums or under the tongue.

Add Asthma, Allergy Plans to Your Back-to-School List

SATURDAY, Aug. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If your child has asthma or allergies, make sure his or her teacher, principal and school nurse know about it as part of your back-to-school planning, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) recommends.