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  1. When Healthy Habits Backfire

    When it comes to healthy habits, can there be too much of a good thing? Absolutely. Eating wholesome foods helps keep you healthy, but overeating will make you fat and prone to illness. Exercise helps keep you fit, but working out too hard or too often can cause injury and fatigue. Of course, these

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  2. Swine Flu and Chronic Conditions

    Confused about swine flu? Even the name of this flu can be puzzling. Usually called swine flu, you'll also hear it called 2009 H1N1 flu and novel influenza A (H1N1). No wonder we're all a little baffled. But swine flu isn't that hard to understand; it's a lot like seasonal flu. It has similar sympto

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  3. Swine Flu (H1N1) and Face Masks

    News coverage of swine flu outbreaks almost always shows people wearing face masks. Do they really need them to protect against H1N1 swine flu? Do you? Here's what you should know: Face masks are sold as surgical masks, dental masks, medical procedure masks, isolation masks, or laser masks. There ar

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  4. Swine Flu: 10 Things Not to Do

    Swine flu (H1N1) has been in the news since it first appeared this spring, and while there have been deaths and hospitalizations in countries worldwide, most cases have been relatively mild. And now, there is an H1N1 swine flu vaccine, too. That's the good news. But the bad news is, swine flu can st

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  5. Get to the Bottom of Your Sore Throat

    As a symptom of illness, sore throat rivals fatigue for being both commonplace and a potential sign of catastrophe. Usually, having a sore throat is nothing to worry about -- most are caused by cold and flu germs. In rare cases, however, a sore throat can signal something much more serious. One of t

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  6. Secrets of Super-Healthy People

    Are you secretly envious of your co-workers and friends who, like superheroes, never seem to get sick? You know, the ones glowing with good health while everyone around them is sneezing, sniffling, and coughing like villains. Don't hate the healthy people. Instead, steal the secrets of people who ma

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  7. Flu Shot Failure? Questions & Answers

    The CDC reports this year's flu shot may not protect against a strain of influenza that's hitting the U.S. Q. Does this mean the flu shot is useless? Not at all. Although this year's flu vaccine doesn't match two of the three main types of flu strains now in circulation, people who did get a flu sho

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  8. Planes, Cruise Ships, and Germs

    Flying to great-aunt Erma's house for Thanksgiving? Or taking a leisurely wintertime cruise along the shores of the Mexican Riviera? Boost your chances of healthy travel by taking a few preventive steps. That way, you'll cut your risk of catching cold and flu from other plane passengers. And you won

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  9. Exercising When Sick: A Good Move?

    You have been so great about your new exercise routine, rarely missing a day since you started up again. Then all of a sudden you are waylaid by a cold or flu. What should you do? Should you skip the treadmill or forsake that Pilates class for a late afternoon nap? Will it be hard to get started aga

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  10. Covering Up Cold and Flu Symptoms: Beauty Tips

    Your nose is red and runny; your eyes are puffy and so bloodshot they look like modern art. On top of everything else, a cold sore is threatening to blossom on your upper lip. There's no denying it, you've got a whopper of a cold -- or maybe even the flu. But you've also got a commitment you just ca

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