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Your Lungs: A User's Manual to Respiratory Health

If you do not have insurance or your insurance company does not pay, the vaccine will be available at no charge to you. We want Pulaski County residents to stay healthy this flu season, and getting a yearly flu vaccine is the first line of protection, Vickie Jones, Pulaski County Health Unit Acting Administrator said. We encourage everyone to come to the clinic to get their flu vaccine. Last years flu season was one of the worst in Arkansas in at least three decades. This is a reminder that flu is not an illness that should be taken lightly, said Dirk Haselow, M.D., State Epidemiologist at ADH. Many Arkansans have lost loved ones to the flu. Before you decide to skip the flu vaccine, think about those who care about you or count on you. The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu. Some people may have mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and a low fever or slight headache. For those who do not like shots, the flu mist is another option. The flu mist is recommended for anyone between the ages of two through 49 who does not have asthma or other problems that might weaken their immune systems. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

The Rundown: Casey questions the EPA, and Dent will chair the ethics committee | Reading Eagle - NEWS

For a lot of people this means the constant struggle with fighting off those pesky allergies. Many times they can leave you feeling so stuffed up you can hardly breath. Well according the health experts, weather specifically does not affect allergies but the change in seasons does. So as we see a constant change in temperatures and weather conditions a number of factors from wind and temperature changes. Everything from dust particles and pollen can trigger allergy symptoms like sneezing, coughing and itchy skin. Summer allergies are usually triggered after those damp rain days and high levels of humidity. This can cause things like a runny nose or itchyeyes. Well, what happens when the weather gets colder and the winds kick up? Well the good news is that cold weather usually tends to clear your sinuses, but it's that pesky wind that kick up dust.Thisends up clogging up your nose making you feel horribly congested. This is the season of the sniffles, so for now its best to stay indoors and avoid the cold and of course always bundle up when heading out doors. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Bloomberg: Bayer Explores Sale Of Diabetes Device Unit

In October, Bayer said its MaterialScience business will be floated on the stock market as a separate company latest by mid-2016, thus making Bayer a pure life science company that will focus on Healthcare and CropScience. Citing its strong operating performance and including the consumer care business acquired from Merck & Co., Inc. Bayer raised its financial guidance for 2014 at that time. Bayer had earlier said its plan to divest plastics business and focus entirely on life science, that would position itself as a world-leading company in the field of human, animal and plant health. Healthcare giant Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) said in early October that it completed the sale of its consumer care business to Bayer, including the global trademark and prescription rights for Claritintm and Afrintm, for $14.2 billion. Bayer gets Merck's existing over-the-counter drug business with about 2,250 employees. The unit's business primarily includes leading brands such as Claritin for allergy, Coppertone for sun care, Dr. Scholl's for foot health, and Afrin for colds. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Genclis SAS : Confirms Potential of its Severidia(R) Test on 47 TNBC patients - Yahoo Finance

In the larger population of 47 patients, the probability of survival after 2,500 days for patients classified with a good outcome was unchanged, at 100%, and the p value of the statistical observation improved by a log (p < 10-4 vs. p < 10-5). Dr. Bernard Bihain, CSO and Chairman of the Board of Genclis said: "These additional clinical data confirm the robustness of the test as a diagnostic tool for severity of triple-negative breast cancer". He added: "They warrant a rapid development of Severidia(R). We are currently starting additional studies to confirm the clinical utility of the biomarker". Stephane Boissel, CEO of Genclis, said: "In 2015, we should obtain additional data that would give Severidia(R) a level of evidence compatible with expectations in terms of both registration and reimbursement of the test". He added: "In parallel, we will be conducting clinical validation studies in other indications so as to validate the cross-functional feature of this disruptive, proprietary approach in the growing field of cancer prognostic biomarker". The AACC poster is available on the Company's website ( ). For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Go electric: Your home heating and AC system should ideally operate on electricity, not oil, since the latter releases more particulates. Most homes built after 2000 do, but if youre living in an older home that uses oil, consider installing a home air-filtration system for a few thousand dollars. HEALTH.COM: 9 Ways to Detox Your Home Get tested: Every two years, your home should be tested for radonan odorless natural gas thats found in one in every 15 homes in the U.S. and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. You can hire a certified company to do it, or buy a test kit for $15 to $25 at a hardware store or If radon concentrations exceed 4 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), youll need to install a radon reduction system (up to $1,500). Keep humidity low: A too-damp environment is a breeding ground for mold , a common allergen. The EPA recommends keeping humidity under 60% in the summer and between 25 and 40% in winter. You can measure humidity with a hygrometer ($20 to $40 at a hardware store). If the air is too dry, use a humidifier. It its too wet, try a dehumidifier. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

NewsChannel 9: Weather changes and pesky allergies

Dent to chair ethics panel A federal lawmaker who represents part of Berks County and the surrounding area will play a larger role in overseeing members of Congress' conduct. U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, an Allentown Republican, has been picked to chair the House Ethics Committee in the next Congress. He's served on the committee since 2009. The committee sets rules about gifts, travel, finances and related disclosures. It also can investigate suspected ethics violations and issue advisory opinions about ethics. It's unique, Dent said in a statement, in that each party has equal representation and operations are managed by nonpartisan staff. "It must operate in a truly bipartisan manner," he wrote. "Some of the strongest relationships I have forged with colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, have been through my work on the Ethics Committee. I look forward to continuing to work in that manner to provide the accountability and transparency the American people demand of their elected leaders." 4. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit