When a cough becomes chronic: pulmonary fibrosis vs. a passing virus

Cough, fatigue and shortness of breath are all common signs of a passing virus. However, when symptoms become chronic, lasting more than three months, these could be indicative of pulmonary fibrosis (PF). The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is shining a light on PF symptoms and risk factors during peak cold and flu season.

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COVID vs. Flu vs. Common Cold: What You Need to Know

With cold and flu season underway, plus the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, infectious disease specialist Jeffrey Bender, MD, shares how to tell the difference between the three illnesses, and the most important thing parents can do to keep children safe.

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Poll reveals risky use of antibiotics by some older adults, and opportunities for providers to improve

Half of older Americans got help from the infection-fighting power of antibiotics in the past two years, a new poll finds, but a sizable minority didn’t follow the instructions on their pill bottle. And one in five say that in the past, they’ve engaged in a risky practice: taking leftover antibiotics without checking with a medical professional.

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