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    1. Flu Season Off to Slow Start . . .

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23 (HealthDay News) -- The 16-day federal government shutdown earlier this month hindered the ability of U.S. health officials to monitor flu activity around the country. Turns out, there wasn't much to monitor because there haven't been many out

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    2. Soothe Dry Skin When You Have a Cold

      Sniffling and sneezing isn't the only thing that comes with a cold. It also makes your skin dry. Give it some TLC to so you can look your best while you get the rest of your symptoms under control. Long, hot showers can help clear your stuffed-up head, but they dry your skin. So keep them short -- n

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    3. Natural Ways to Kick a Cold

      Trying to get over a cold? There are lots of things you can do to ease the symptoms as you get better. Here some easy ones. When a cold strikes, chicken soup and hot tea can ease your symptoms. The reason: heat. As the warmth moves down your throat toward your stomach, it helps loosen mucus, making

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    4. CDC Reports More Americans Getting Flu Shots

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Although more Americans than ever are getting their annual flu shots, U.S. health officials said Thursday that the rates could be better and urged virtually all Americans to get vaccinated for the coming flu season. "Our me

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    5. Could Discovery Lead to Universal Flu Vaccine?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- An experiment based on the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic may have helped scientists move closer to developing a universal flu vaccine, according to a new study. Researchers at Imperial College London, in England, asked 342 staff

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    6. Gene Testing Helps Sort Out Bacterial, Viral Infections

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new genetic test that distinguishes between viral and bacterial infections could help fight antibiotic resistance and quickly detect new diseases, according to a new study. The immune system responds differently when battl

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    7. CDC Sounds Alarm on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 16 (HealthDay News) -- More than 2 million people come down with infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year in the United States, leading to at least 23,000 deaths, according to a report released Monday by federal health officials. Th

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    8. New Choices for Flu Vaccines

      Sept. 17, 2013 -- It's fall. The kids are back at school, college football rivalries are in high gear, and -- oh, yeah -- it’s time to get a flu vaccine. In the past, flu protection basically boiled down to a choice between a shot or a sniff of a nasal spray. But this year there are new options. Som

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    9. Don’t Let a Cold Get You Down

      We’re more than a decade into the 21st century, and scientists are no closer to that most elusive goal: a cure for the common cold. If anything, cold viruses seem more formidable than ever. Until recently, researchers thought there were about 100 varieties of rhinoviruses, the most common cause of t

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    10. Many Docs Wrongly Prescribe Antibiotics: Study

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- When prescribing antibiotics, American doctors choose the most powerful drugs more than 60 percent of the time, a new study finds. But more than 25 percent of the prescriptions for these "broad-spectrum" antibiotics -- which ar

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