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Coccidioides fungus is soil-borne — inhaling wind-blown spores can infect the lungs with a condition call "valley fever," causing flu-like symptoms

A potentially deadly fungus that can travel up to 75 miles in the air is spreading, and people keep mistaking it for the flu

The Coccidioidomycosis fungus causes valley fever, a condition with symptoms that can include night sweats, fever, and joint and muscle pain.
The government is testing a new kind of flu vaccine.

A vaccine aimed at making you immune to all types of the flu is being given to people for the first time

Researchers are testing a new influenza vaccine that could protect against various strains of the disease so people don't need a new shot every year.
Falling in love could give your immune system a boost.

Being in love could prevent women getting a cold, according to new research

Women who were 'in love' showed higher activity in their genes involved in antiviral defenses, so they had better immunity against illnesses.

Anti-vaxxing, diabetes, and air pollution are among the biggest global health threats of 2019

The World Health Organization lists the top threats to global health in 2019. Among them are vaccine hesitation, poor health care, and climate change.
People frequently Googled "what is the keto diet" and "why am I always tired."

The 10 health questions everyone was Googling in 2018 — answered

Google released its annual list of the of the most searched health questions of 2018. This year, people were most concerned about the keto diet, flu, and ALS.

A third of US parents say they’ll skip the flu shots for their kids this year — here’s why that’s not a good idea

A survey found one-third of parents aren't planning to vaccinate their kids against the flu, even though it can be serious and deadly.
You might be spreading your germs if you're washing your hands the wrong way.

5 little ways you could be spreading your germs to others

If you're sick, you could spread your germs by not washing your hands correctly, not staying home from work or school, or even just talking to people.

The FDA just approved the first new flu treatment in nearly 20 years

The Food and Drug Administration just approved the first new flu treatment in nearly 20 years. The drug, Xofluza, can be used to treat the flu in people age 12 and older who have had symptoms for no more than two days.

More than half of parents in the US think the flu shots cause the flu — here’s why that’s wrong

A Florida hospital surveyed 700 US parents and found that more than half thought getting the flu shot caused the flu. But that's just not true: The flu shot contains no live viruses, so it can't make you get sick.
Winter is coming: tissues at the ready.

The single most effective way to unclog your nose

Cold and flu season is fast approaching, so you're likely to get a blocked nose sometime soon. But rather than endlessly blowing your nose and wasting money on tissues, there are a few techniques you can try to relieve the stuffiness.