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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Killing Flu Germs: What Works?

      We’ve all seen news reports about the revolting germs that lurk on the surfaces of things we touch every day. So as flu season approaches, you might be preparing for battle, a battle against flu germs, a battle waged on doorknobs, and keyboards, and telephones, and other surfaces in your home and of

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    9. Flu Survival Kit: A Self-Care Kit for Your Home

      If you're one of those people who brag, come flu season, that you "never, ever get sick," be aware: The odds may catch up to you. Every year, about 5% to 20% of U.S. residents get influenza, according to estimates from the CDC. Taking certain antiviral drugs within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms

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    10. Planes, Trains, and …Germs?

      Wherever you go, however you get there, you always have traveling companions -- germs. Will these fellow travelers make you sick? That depends partly on luck, experts say. But you can do a lot to protect yourself. The modes of transportation most often blamed for spreading disease are airplanes, cru

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