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  1. The Truth Behind Mom's Cold and Flu Advice

    Mothers are celebrated (if sometimes vilified) for their eagerness to advise their children on matters big and small: how to behave, what to wear, whom to marry, when to have kids ... and, oh yes, how to stay healthy during cold and flu season. Does science back up what Dr. Mom told you about the co

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Shot in the Arm: The Swine Flu Vaccine Trial

    Wow. I am almost disappointed that I'm perfectly fine. No skin reactions. No soreness. No muscle aches. No drama. And no flu, although a single dose of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine probably offers no protection. NIH Director Tony Fauci says that my experience is typical -- those of us who got the swin

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Swine Flu Pandemic FAQ

    Swine flu is pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared. The declaration does not mean that swine flu -- aka novel influenza 2009 type A H1N1 -- is any more deadly today than it was yesterday. A pandemic sounds scary. But what does it really mean? Here are WebMD's answers to your que

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  8. 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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  9. Stop a Cold in Just 12 Hours

    By Sari Harrar Before your sniffles morph into a nasty sinus, chest, or ear infection, here's how to fight back Mugs of tea, a bottle of ibuprofen, and a truckload of tissues won't get you through every case of the sniffles. Too often, the common cold turns into something more serious, zeroing in on

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  10. 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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