Infectious Diseases

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Cold and Flu Fighting Foods and Supplements

The foods and supplements to load up on before, during, and even after a cold or flu.

By Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

Can the Flu Trigger Type 1 Diabetes in Children?

Flu season may come and go for some, but it can be life-changing if it triggers type 1 diabetes. Here’s how to protect your child.

By Ginger Vieira

Quiz: Do I Have a Cold? The Flu? Allergies? Bronchitis?

Not sure how you should treat your symptoms? Take our quiz to help deduce what’s going on inside your body.

By Stephanie Stephens

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About This Year's Flu?

Find out whether it’s too late to get your flu shot, what your symptoms mean, and how long you’ll be sick with flu.

By Stephanie Stephens

More Viruses Are Found in Semen Than You Might Think

Health experts have known for decades that certain infectious agents can be found in semen, but scientists have made discoveries that have expanded that list.

By Lauren Arcuri

4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

With these simple strategies you can increase your chances of staying healthy during cold and flu season.

By Elizabeth Millard

Which Shots Do You Need When You’re Pregnant?

Certain vaccines will protect you and your baby during your pregnancy and afterward. Learn which ones to get and when.

By Sophie Ramsey

Essential Vaccines for Moms-to-Be

Making sure you’re up to date on your vaccinations before you become pregnant, and get two essential vaccines while you’re expecting.

By Sophie Ramsey

Do You Need the Shingles Vaccine?

At least 1 million people in the United States get shingles every year, a painful and often debilitating skin rash that can take weeks to resolve.

By Cindy Uken

Invention of Antimicrobial Smartphone Case

Most people don’t realize how dirty a smartphone can become or the types of dangerous bacteria it can carry.

By Rich Monetti