Swine Flu Epidemic Reported on by Doctors on SIRIUS XM's Doctor Radio Channel
24/7 health and medical channel delivers breaking news updates, features live, daily call-in shows hosted by world-class physicians from NYU Langone Medical Center
The Top Ten Swine Flu FAQs at www.sirius.com/doctorradio
NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) has begun regular live updates of the swine flu epidemic on Doctor Radio, its 24/7 health and medical channel powered by NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition, Doctor Radio's Medical Director, Dr. Marc K. Siegel, has developed the Top Ten Swine Flu FAQs, which are now posted at www.sirius.com/doctorradio.
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Doctor Radio is delivering the latest on swine flu--also known as H1N1 flu-- to millions of listeners across the country: medical news, information and advice; preventative measures; how to identify symptoms; the latest statistics and information on new technology such as thermal imaging at airports that can detect people with fevers exclusively reported by its all-medical-professional hosting team.
Doctor Radio--SIRIUS channel 114 and XM channel 119--features live, call-in shows hosted by leading NYU Langone Medical Center doctors from a vast array of fields including: child psychology; sexual health; plastic surgery; emergency room medicine; cancer; heart health; women's health; dermatology; pediatrics; men's health; diet and nutrition; sports medicine; psychiatry; and more.
TOP 10 SWINE FLU FAQs by Dr. Marc K. Siegel, Medical Director, Doctor Radio:
What Is Swine Flu?
It's a new strain of Influenza A, coming from a pig. The pig has contracted one human strain, two pig strains, and one bird strain of the flu. These all combined to make a new strain. Pigs are a Grand Central Station for flu and other viruses.
What Are the Symptoms?
They're similar to regular flu viruses, but the gastrointestinal symptoms are more severe. They include: severe fatigue; headache; sore throat; nasal congestion; vomiting; diarrhea; nausea
*Keep in mind regular flu season is over, so if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, call your doctor.
How Do You Get It?
Mostly by infected people coughing/sneezing around you, also passing it by touch is likely.
How Is It Passed?
You can pass it on to other people by coughing/sneezing on or near them, and possibly even touching surfaces that they later touch (and then touch their face, eyes, nose, etc.).
How Is It Treated?
There's no 'cure' for it, but you need:
Keep fever down
Consider anti-viral drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza, but keep in mind this strain is resistant to many older anti-viral drugs.
How do you protect yourself?
Avoid sick people
Don't cough or sneeze on others
Stay home if you're sick!
Can You Catch It from Eating Pork Products?
While people in Mexico likely contracted this from handling infected pigs, eating pork products should be safe. Keep in mind to cook pork to a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit to kill any viruses.
Is Traveling Safe?
Travel to Mexico is still statistically quite safe; the problem is still mainly one of perception, as the actual risk remains low. I would also consider the psychological effects this could have on children; consider what precautions they might take at airports, with customs officers wearing masks, etc.
How Long Does it Last?
The virus can incubate a day or two before symptoms occur. It takes about a week to recover from the full-blown virus.
Is this real or hype? Do I need to be worried?
The danger is getting a lot of hype, but it is real. You probably don't need to be worried, though.
Dr. Siegel is a practicing internist, an Associate Professor at the NYU School of Medicine and a fellow in the Master Scholars Society at New York University.
Every day Doctor Radio explores a wide range of intriguing health and medical headlines, topics, and studies discussed conversationally and interactively with SIRIUS XM listeners across the country. The full programming lineup, sample audio clips, doctor host bios, show descriptions can be found at www.sirius.com/doctorradio.
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