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  1. Tips for Treating the Cold and Flu

    Before cold and flu season gets into full swing, arm yourself against germs. To stave off the flu, start here: "Get a flu shot. That's the single most important thing you can do," says Aaron Glatt, MD, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, N.Y. If a cold or flu do

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  2. Echinacea Mildly Effective in Treating Colds

    Dec. 20, 2010 -- Despite its popularity as a natural remedy for treating the common cold, a new study suggests echinacea does not substantially reduce the severity or duration of the common cold. Investigators led by Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD, an associate professor of family medicine at the University

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  3. Flu Spreads Fast Among High School Students

    Dec. 14, 2010 -- Forget Facebook, it's the thousands of close encounters within real, live social networks at high schools that could prove dangerous to students' health. A new study shows that on a typical day high school students engage in thousands of social interactions that put them at risk for

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  4. Georgia Tops U.S. in Seasonal Flu Activity

    Dec. 6, 2010 -- Flu season is here, and so far Georgia is the state hit the hardest by this year’s influenza virus, according to the CDC. “Georgia is reporting high levels of influenza-like activity,” Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases,

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  5. Antibiotic Resistance: Expert Q&A With the CDC

    Antibiotics are the first and most potent line of defense against bacterial diseases. But their overuse and abuse in the few decades, especially to treat viruses that don't respond to antibiotics, have led to a dangerous resistance to even common infections. The CDC has made the appropriate use of a

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  6. Accidental Overdose of Cold Drugs in Kids Declines

    Nov. 22, 2010 -- The voluntary withdrawal of over-the-counter cough and cold medications that cause adverse reactions in babies has resulted in a dramatic decline in accidental overdosing and other problems requiring emergency room treatment, the CDC says in a new study. Product withdrawals occurred

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  7. Preservative-Free Nasal Spray May Soothe Sinuses

    Nov. 16, 2010 -- A new preservative-free nasal spray may be a safe and soothing alternative for sensitive noses irritated by traditional nasal sprays. A new study suggests that a preservative-free saline nasal spray that relies on an acidity to kill germs and remain sterile may offer a new way to tr

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  8. Test Your Cough IQ

    Do you hear that coughing sound?  It's cold and flu season, and people all around you are coughing. Why? "Coughing is a normal, protective reflex," says Neil Schachter, MD, author of The Good Doctor's Guide to Colds and Flu. "We cough to clear our airways," he explains.  Think of coughing as a defen

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  9. Being Physically Fit May Cut Risk of Colds

    Nov. 1, 2010 -- People who are physically fit and active catch fewer colds, and the colds they do get are milder. That’s the takeaway message of a new study by a team of scientists who examined 12 weeks worth of data on 1,002 adults, aged 18 to 85, who reported on their perceived fitness and their l

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  10. Flu Shots: It's Not Too Late

    It's December and everywhere you look friends and family are down with flu symptoms: fevers, body aches, and fatigue. If you're still feeling pretty chipper yourself, great! But if you want to hedge your bets, it's good to know that even though flu season is in full swing, it's not too late for the

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