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Influenza

Clinical Briefs for Tuesday, October 29

New antiviral drug effectively treats influenza infection … Biogen’s drug news could ‘open the floodgates’ for Alzheimer’s drugs: STAT … Oscillating vest keeps COPD sufferers out of hospital … Thiazolidinedione use in diabetes linked to lower Parkinson’s risk

Clinical Briefs for Friday, October 25

Vitamin D deficiency linked to poor muscle function in seniors … Immune response to influenza is culprit in poor flu outcomes … ‘Whole concept of senior living will change’ if Alzheimer’s drug is approved … Antidepressants show little clinical benefit for major depressive disorders

Sick leave reduces flu infections: report

Giving employees paid sick days would reduce flu infections in the workplace, according to a new analysis. Researchers simulated an influenza epidemic in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County and discovered that paid sick days would reduce flu cases by close to 6%, according to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Flu shots don’t hurt turnover, study says

Requiring flu shots is not a primary reason for employees quitting, an analysis finds. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all healthcare employees receive the annual flu vaccine, facilities vary on whether to make it mandatory.

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