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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 5 Ways to Stop Colds From Spreading in Your Family

      When you've got a family, even a run-of-the-mill cold can be a lot of trouble. As it spreads from one person to the next in your family, that one crummy cold virus can disrupt your lives for weeks -- causing missed school, missed work, sleepless nights, and frayed tempers. So when your child -- or y

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    7. China's Bird Flu Might Someday Spread More Easily

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- The deadly H7N9 bird flu virus has the potential to be easily transmitted from human to human, a new study suggests. Chinese scientists have found that the virus is highly transmissible between ferrets, a mammal often used t

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    8. Could Your Child Have an Ear Infection?

      Even newbie parents can spot diaper rash or a runny nose with no problem, but ear infections may come with only a whisper of symptoms. Yet three-quarters of children will get one by age 3. "An ear infection happens when you get infected fluid or pus behind the eardrum," says Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP.

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    9. Early, Severe Flu Season Caused Big Rise in Child Deaths: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- This past flu season started earlier, peaked earlier and led to more adult hospitalizations and child deaths than most flu seasons, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. At least 149 children died, compared to the usual r

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    10. Gene Therapy May Protect Against Flu Pandemics

      By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Gene therapy that turns cells in the nose into factories that crank out super antibodies against the flu protected mice and ferrets against lethal doses of several pandemic strains of the virus. If the approach works in human

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