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    1. Is It Flu, or Is It Valley Fever?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Early diagnosis of a potentially fatal fungal infection called valley fever can help patients, but too many are misdiagnosed, experts say. Doctors should suspect valley fever in patients with pneumonia or ongoing flu-lik

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    2. FDA Bolsters Warnings About Class of Antibiotics

             By Margaret Farley Steele                  HealthDay Reporter                      TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it's strengthening label warnings on a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones because the drugs can

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    3. Flu Shot Benefits Type 2 Diabetes Patients

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The seasonal flu vaccine may offer people with type 2 diabetes some protection against dying prematurely, a new study suggests. The flu shot also appeared to protect those with type 2 diabetes from hospitalizations for st

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    4. The Man Cold: Why Guys React Differently to Colds

      When a man gets a cold, everything shuts down. He’s on the couch in misery -- unwilling to do anything (even go to the doctor). But a woman with a cold just bucks up and goes on about her day. Or so the story of the so-called “man cold” goes. “If a woman has a viral infection or cold, so to speak, s

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    5. Many Use Antibiotics Without Consulting Doctor

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adding to fears about the overuse of antibiotics, a new Texas study finds that one in every 20 adults has hoarded the drugs and used them without a doctor's guidance. For years, health experts have warned that over

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    6. Can an Antibiotic Help You? Quick Test Might Tell

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Health experts have long warned that antibiotics are overused, often prescribed for viral infections for which the drugs are useless. A quick blood test to determine whether an infection is viral or bacterial wou

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    7. FDA Asks How Safe Is That Hand Sanitizer?

      By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans use hand sanitizers every day, believing they safely kill bacteria. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to find out if that's really true. The agency Wednesday requested maker

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    8. FluMist Nasal Flu Vaccine Ineffective: CDC Panel

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans may have to do without the easier, nasal spray form of flu vaccine next flu season, a panel of experts decided Wednesday. That's because the medicine, called FluMist, has been largely ineffective in children in

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    9. A New Antibiotic to the Rescue?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental antibiotic has shown promise against a dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in animals, researchers report. A combination of the new antibiotic TXA709 and the antibiotic cefdinir successfully treated animals

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    10. FDA: Stronger Warnings for Class of Antibiotics

      May 13, 2016 -- Stronger warnings about the possible side effects of a powerful class of antibiotics were issued Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency said these side effects are concerning enough that doctors should not prescribe these drugs to people with sinusitis, bronchi

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