Allergies, Asthma Tied to Lower Risk of Brain Cancer

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with respiratory allergies, asthma and the skin condition eczema may be less likely to develop glioma brain cancer, a new study suggests.

Waning Whooping Cough Immunity Blamed in Outbreaks

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The booster shot given to pre-teens to ward off whooping cough only works for a short time -- a fact that has played a big role in recent outbreaks in California, a new study finds.

Legionnaires' Disease Can Transmit Person-to-Person, Case Suggests

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Legionnaires' disease -- the respiratory illness that plagued New York City in an outbreak last summer -- is typically thought to develop when people breathe in contaminated mist or water droplets.

New Drug Shows Promise Against Severe Sinusitis

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug for the treatment of nasal polyps has shown promise in a small, preliminary trial involving a group of patients struggling with chronic sinusitis.

For Super Bowl Fans, Flu Can Be an Unwanted Catch

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Football fans, take note: You run the risk of being blindsided by the flu if you let your defenses down on Super Bowl Sunday, researchers warn.

Study Casts Doubt on Effectiveness of COPD Drug

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A widely used drug may not significantly reduce the amount of time that patients with the lung condition COPD require mechanical help to breathe, a new study suggests.

Less Than Half of U.S. Babies Receive Flu Vaccine: CDC

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Only about four out of 10 U.S. babies aged 6 months to 23 months are getting vaccinated against the flu, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

Could C-Section Baby Benefit From Mom's Vaginal Fluids?

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dabbing infants delivered by cesarean section with their mothers' vaginal secretions restores some of the potentially helpful bacteria that newborns naturally pick up when they pass through the birth canal, a small study finds.

Chemical That Can Irritate Lungs Found in Flavored E-Cigarettes

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People using flavored e-cigarettes, particularly ones that taste like cherry, are likely inhaling a chemical that can irritate their airways, a new study suggests.

Suicide, Drugs Only Partly to Blame for Rising Deaths of Middle-Aged U.S. Whites

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Death rates among middle-aged white Americans were higher than expected in 2014, likely because progress against common killers such as diabetes and heart disease has halted, a new study contends.