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  1. Flu Medication: What Works?

    It’s that time of year again. Time for school bells, falling leaves, icy snow -- and the flu. With fall and winter comes flu season, so it’s time to think about how to protect yourself and your family. What flu medications do you need to stave off the fever and body aches? What can help you manage t

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  2. Antibiotics for the Flu?

    Ask any doctor if you should take antibiotics for the flu, and you’ll get a weary shake of the head and a resounding no.  “Viral infections like the flu aren’t affected by antibiotics,” says William Schaffner, MD, chairman of the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University’s School of

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  3. The Best Prep for Bird Flu

    Ever hear the amusing expression, "So much as been written about everything, it's hard to find anything out about it?" This certainly applies to H5N1, avian flu , bird flu , or whatever you want to call it. Naturalists are eyeing the migratory birds overhead and scientists are counting the human cas

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  4. Germ Warfare: Common Cold & Flu Culprits

    Spreading the flu isn't quite the same as spreading New Year's cheer. The dastardly duo -- cold and flu -- are back, and they're hiding everywhere, from the shopping mall to your doctor's tie to the telephone. For some of us, these seasonal sicknesses are already nesting in our lungs and sinuses and

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  5. Winter Health Woes­—Solved!

    By Karen Asp Everyone wants to get into the holiday spirit. But spending too much time at the buffet and bar at parties, stressing out about finding the perfect gifts, and skimping on sleep and exercise can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to a grab bag of winter illnesses. Her

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  6. Travel Health Risk: 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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  7. Avian Flu: 10 Questions, 10 Answers

    Bird flu: What can you do? WebMD answers 10 common questions about bird flu. Short answer: probably not. But there are many unknowns involved, making accurate prediction impossible. Sooner or later, pandemic flu will happen. Flu pandemics sweep the globe from time to time as new flu bugs emerge. The

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  8. Bird Watch

    After several years of educating myself so that I could answer anxious questions from my patients about nerve gas, anthrax, swine flu, mad cow disease, West Nile virus, SARS, and now bird flu, I find myself thinking wistfully back to 1963 when, as a 10-year-old, all I had to worry about was total nu

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  9. Beyond the Flu and Bird Flu

    Turn on the evening news and you are bound to hear about the bird flu and how it's en route to the U.S., and when the anchorman is not forecasting such a pandemic, it's the regular flu that ends up in the spotlight. But every year, a legion of nameless, faceless germy villains stalk children and adu

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  10. Cold or Flu?

    The runny nose, the scratchy throat, the truck-ran-over-me feeling. It must be cold and flu season. The tricky thing is knowing which one you have. The flu especially is nothing to sneeze at. "People often don't realize the flu is a pretty serious illness," Tracy Wimbush, MD, an emergency room docto

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