This summer, health news was dominated by information on the H1N1 flu virus. And just like a child’s game of “telephone,” the facts about the disease got mixed up by the time they’d traveled person to person. So we’ve put together a list of the most important swine flu facts and myths, as well as information on what you can do to keep you and your family healthy this cold and flu season. How many people have been affected? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 556 deaths from H1N1 as of late August, and 8,843 patients hospitalized because of the disease. More importantly, the CDC has found that the rates of hospitalization of H1N1 patients are similar to the number of people hospitalized for the seasonal flu every year. What about the number of people predicted to get it? Some health organizations believe there may be anywhere from 30,000 to 90,000 deaths from swine flu this year, and though those numbers can ...
Normal Values The normal temperature varies by person, age, time of day, and where on the body the temperature was taken. The average normal body temperature is 98.6F (37C). Your body temperature is usually highest in the evening. It can be raised by physical activity, strong emotion, eating, heavy clothing, medications, high room temperature, and high humidity. Daily variations change as children get older: In children younger than 6 months of age, the daily variation is small. In children 6 months to 2 years old, the daily variation is about 1 degree. By age 6, daily variations gradually increase to 2 degrees per day. Body temperature varies less in adults. However, a woman's menstrual cycle can raise temperature by one degree or more. For information on when to call a doctor due to specific temperatures and ages, see the article on fever . What abnormal results mean If the reading on the thermometer is more than 1 to 1.5 degrees above the patient's normal temperature, the patient has a fever....
Flu and exercise; Colds and exercise
Can exercise help you avoid colds and flus?
Exercise helps the disease-fighting white blood cells in the body move from the organs into the bloodstream.
Overall, you can improve your immune system by eating a proper diet, getting enough rest, reducing stress, and exercising regularly. This will decrease your chances of getting a cold or the flu.
Even if studies find that exercise doesn't prevent colds or the flu, exercise is good for overall health.
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