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  1. Flu Vaccines Offer About 6 Months of Protection

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Flu vaccines offer moderate protection throughout most of the flu season, a new study shows. The research included more than 1,700 Americans of all ages. The participants all got flu shots. The researchers followed them

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  2. Flu Vaccine Protects Nursing Home Residents

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal flu shots save lives and prevent hospitalizations among nursing home residents, a new study shows. There has been debate about the effectiveness of flu vaccination in this group of patients, but the findings show

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  3. Norovirus Can Go Airborne Through Vomit

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When people infected with norovirus vomit, they release virus particles into the air that can infect other people, researchers report. Norovirus is often called the "cruise ship" virus due to numerous outbreaks at sea.

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  4. Better Control of These Germs Could Save Many Lives

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An immediate, focused effort to halt the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs could save tens of thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of new infections over the next five years, a new government report su

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  5. Nasal Balloon Can Treat Youngsters for 'Glue Ear'

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A simple procedure using what's known as a "nasal balloon" can treat hearing loss in children with a common middle-ear problem, preventing unnecessary and ineffective treatment with antibiotics, according to a new study. M

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  6. 7-Day Menu for Cold and Flu Season

    During cold and flu season, we all know to steer clear of people who are coughing and sneezing. We wash our hands often to avoid germs. What else can we do? Some research suggests that following the right diet can not only help prevent colds and flu, but help ease symptoms if we get sick. Doctors ha

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  7. How to Look Your Best When You Have a Cold

    The aches and pains that come with a cold can keep you from getting enough sleep, robbing your skin of its normal, healthy glow. “Sleep is a very important time because it’s when the body and skin repair themselves,” says New York City dermatologist, Debra Jaliman, MD. “If you don’t get adequate res

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  8. 10 Home Remedies for the Flu

    Flu symptoms can cause a world of misery, from fever and cough to sore throat, nasal congestion, aches, and chills. But there are ways to feel better. Prescription antiviral drugs may ease symptoms of the flu when taken shortly after you get sick. In many cases, however, simple home remedies may be

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  9. 8 Tips for Nighttime Cough Relief

    Nighttime coughs can be sleep-wreckers. The key is to soothe your ticklish throat and over-sensitive airways before you go to bed. Drink herbal tea with honey. Get into the habit of having a mug of non-caffeinated tea before bed. "Any warm liquid can help break up mucus in your airways," says Norman

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  10. 8 Reasons Your Cough Is Not Improving

    Are you fed up with your stubborn cough? There are many reasons why a cough may not improve, and that can be frustrating for people and their doctors alike. The most common cause of chronic cough is predictable. It's the aftermath of a cold or other viral infection, says Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief

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