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THE FLU

1.9
MILLION

ANOTHER
REASON TO
AVOID LATENIGHT SNACKS
The midnight munchies may be bad for more
than your waistline-especially if you're a breast
cancer survivor.
New analysis out of the Women's Healthy Eating
and Living study conducted between 1995 and 2007
suggests that breast cancer patients who go less
than 13 hours between dinner and breakfast had a
36 percent chance of breast cancer recurrence.
While the findings do not establish a cause-andeffect link between late-night snacking and cancer,
previous animal-based studies have found that
prolonged nighttime fasting does fight off high
blood sugar, inflammation and weight gain-all of
which can lead to poor outcomes for cancer.

TRUE OR FALSE

PHOTO BY THINKSTOCK

The stomach flu causes vomiting
and diarrhea.
FALSE. The stomach "flu" isn't the flu at all. It's gastroenteritis, which is inflammation of the stomach and intestines that can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and cramping.
Norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis, and stats show it's as sinister as its name sounds. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that
the virus causes 19 million to 21 million illnesses each
year. Peak time is November to April. Protect yourself by
washing your hands frequently and not sharing bites of
food or eating utensils with others.

In the 2014-15
flu season, flu
vaccinations prevented
an estimated
1.9 million illnesses-
that's greater than
the population
of Philadelphia.

966,000

Nearly 1 million
flu-associated doctor
office visits were
prevented (the
number of people
who fit in Manhattan's
Times Square).

67,000

The flu vaccine
prevented an
estimated 67,000
flu hospitalizations,
equal to the number
of seats in the Seattle
Seahawks' stadium.
It's not too late to
get your flu shot.
Flu activity peaks in
January or later. Just
remember that it
takes about

two weeks
after vaccination
for antibodies to
develop-so do
it ASAP!

TRANSPLANT
PARTNERSHIP
SAVES LIVES
India Johnson, a 13-year-old with a rare
disorder, is the first person to receive a
liver transplant through a unique partnership between Children's Hospital of
Pittsburgh of UPMC and University of
Virginia Children's Hospital.
This partnership gives more children
in Virginia access to lifesaving transplants closer to home. That's because
children like India are able to meet with
UVA doctors in person, along with
Pittsburgh surgeons via telecommunications. When an organ becomes available, a team from Pittsburgh travels to
Charlottesville to perform the transplantation together with UVA surgeons.
"The pediatric liver transplant
program at Children's Hospital of
Pittsburgh is arguably the best in
the country, even the world," says
Kenneth Brayman, MD, director of
UVA's Transplant Center. "Our ability to offer the best care to pediatric
patients in the Commonwealth of
Virginia was accelerated by developing
a collaborative relationship with our
colleagues in Pittsburgh."

WEBSITE

Transplant
Services for
Children
If your child needs a liver
transplant, you'll have
a team of specialists at
University of Virginia
Health System. Learn
more at uvahealth.com/
transplantsforkids.

Source: Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
(2014-15 flu season)

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