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  1. 5 Ways to Treat Your Baby's Stuffy Nose

    Believe it or not, a runny nose can be a good thing. It's the body's way of getting rid of germs. But when your baby has too much mucus in his nose or sinuses, it can give him a stuffy head and congestion. It can also make it difficult to eat or breathe. But with a few home treatments, you can help

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  2. Comforting Your Sick Baby

    When your baby's feeling bad, your first instinct is to comfort with her favorite teddy bear, a warm blanket, and lots of love. Luckily, with a few simple remedies up your sleeve, you can take care of your baby’s cold right from home. One note of caution -- don't give cough and cold medicine to kids

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  3. Your Baby's Cold: When to Call a Doctor

    With most little kids, you can expect about 6 to 12 colds a year. The good news is you can usually treat cold and flu symptoms at home with a few remedies and lots of TLC. But if you’re a new parent -- or even if you’re not -- how do you know when to call the doctor? We asked Wendy Sue Swanson, MD,

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  4. Quiet Activities for Sick Kids

    Are you at home with a sick child? What your child probably needs most is rest. But it's hard to get cranky, sick kids the rest they need without leaving the TV on all day. Try these quiet activities instead. You'll help your child heal, and spend some quality time together. Games and puzzles. It's

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  5. Flu Vaccines and Kids

    Every fall, millions of U.S. children get flu vaccinations at their pediatricians' offices. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for all Americans who are at least 6 months old. You may have questions about the vaccination. Why can't last year's flu shot protect your child this year? Do you need

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  6. Bird Flu Poses Little Threat to People: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The bird flu outbreak that has resulted in the slaughter of millions of chickens and turkeys in the United States has little chance of sickening humans, federal health officials said Wednesday. The reason: the geneti

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  7. Cough Medicine: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

    Coughs send more people to the doctor's office than most other specific symptom, according to experts. And Americans spend billions of dollars every year on over-the-counter medications to fight coughs, such as cough suppressants and expectorants. Clearly we're concerned about our coughs. Clearly we

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  8. Obama Unveils Plan to Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

    March 27, 2015 -- The Obama administration is pledging to end the widespread practice of using antibiotics to boost the growth of animals that are raised for food in the U.S. “The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria” also directs the FDA to make meat producers get a vete

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  9. New Anthrax Drug Approved by FDA

    March 25, 2015 -- A new drug to treat inhalation anthrax has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Anthrasil was approved to be used in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs. Anthrasil testing was limited to animals, because it was not feasible or ethical to test it in p

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  10. Bird Flu Spreads Across China: Report

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Avian flu, commonly called "bird flu," is gaining strength in China and has the potential to emerge as a life-threatening virus for humans across the globe, a new report suggests. In the year since avian flu first su

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