On Thursday December 20, 2012 Melissa Roberts, left, administers a flu vaccine to Kelly Ternes at the Okaloosa County Health Department in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek) ORG XMIT: FLPLA102 / Nick Tomecek AP
Your Thursday morning health roundup:
New flu vaccine: The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new type of flu vaccine that doesn't rely on growing whole flu viruses in chicken eggs, making it faster to produce than traditional vaccines and more acceptable for people with egg allergies. Flublok is made by injecting flu genes into an insect virus and growing it in caterpillar cells. Another egg-free vaccine Flucelvax was approved by FDA in November. Both are for adults. (NBC News)
Skin cancer apps: Using a smart phone app to decide if a mole is a melanoma? You definitely want to follow up with a doctor: Instant melanoma-detecting apps missed cancers that would be obvious to a dermatologist about 30 percent of the time, a study shows. (NPR)
POM not-so-wonderful: The Federal Trade Commission has upheld a judge's finding that the makers of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice made false health claims in dozens of ads -- saying the juice could treat everything from heart disease to erectile dysfunction. The company is standing by the ads. (Los Angeles Times)
Today's talker: Call it the chicken-soup index. Seamless.com, an online food ordering site serving 10 major U.S. markets, tells ABC News it has seen a 35% percent spike in chicken noodle soup orders compared to this time last year, due to the flu outbreak. "Because so many people are sick and staying inside, we've seen an increase in orders," said Steven T. Young, director of marketing. "Orange juice sales are up 19 percent and Gatorade is up 10 percent."
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