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    1. CDC: Flu Hitting Harder This Year

      Jan. 11, 2013 -- Flu is hitting the nation harder than it did at this time last year, but it could be peaking in some parts of the country, the CDC said today. CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, said Americans who haven't yet been vaccinated against the flu should do so. "Better late than never,"

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    2. Flu Stretches Hospitals, Drug Supplies Nationwide

      Jan. 10, 2013 -- The early flu season has turned severe in some parts of the country, stretching health care providers and drug supplies. According to the latest numbers from the CDC, there’s now widespread flu activity in 41 states. New York City and 29 states are reporting a high number of cases o

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    3. FDA Approves Tamiflu for Infants

      Dec. 21, 2012 -- Children as young as 2 weeks old may now be treated for the flu with Tamiflu. The FDA expanded its approval today for Tamiflu to include infants under age 1 who have had symptoms of the flu, such as stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, fever, and body aches, for no longer than two days.

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    4. CDC: Flu Season Hits Early and Could Be a Bad Year

      Dec. 3, 2012 -- The U.S. flu season is here -- the earliest start since the "moderately severe" season of 2003. Just as in 2003, the nasty H3N2 flu bug is causing most cases so far. "This could be a bad flu year," warned CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH. "Because of that, we are particularly enc

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    5. Does Tamiflu Work? Questions Continue

      Nov. 14, 2012 -- Does the blockbuster flu drug Tamiflu really work? Nobody knows for sure, claims the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration, a group that issues careful analyses of the evidence behind drugs and vaccines. Cochrane researchers say there's not enough evidence to prove Tamiflu works. The C

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    6. Flu Vaccines May Protect the Heart Too

      Oct. 28, 2012 -- Flu vaccines may do more than guard against infection. New research hints that the vaccine, which is recommended for all adults, may also help the heart. Two new studies presented at the 2012 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress suggest that heart patients who get flu vaccines have lowe

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    7. Strike Vitamin D Off the List for Cold Prevention?

      Oct. 2, 2012 -- Looks like we may have to cross out another supposed way to prevent the common cold. A new study shows that people who took large doses of vitamin D were as likely to catch colds, and suffer with them as long, as those who took placebo pills. There were reasons to think otherwise. Va

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    8. Half of Pregnant Women, Newborns Risk Flu

      Sept. 27, 2012 -- Half of pregnant women don't get flu shots, putting themselves and their child at risk of severe flu. The finding comes from a CDC survey showing that during last year's flu season, 53% of pregnant women did not get the seasonal flu vaccine. That's about the same percentage seen in

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    9. Epilepsy Drug Gabapentin Calms Chronic Cough

      Aug. 27, 2012 -- A drug used to treat epilepsy and chronic pain after shingles also appears to be effective for another persistent condition: chronic cough. About 1 in 10 people suffers from chronic cough, and for many the cause is unknown. Chronic cough is a cough that lasts for longer than eight w

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    10. New Swine Flu Outbreak: Case Count Rising

      Aug. 9, 2012 -- The case count in the ongoing outbreak of new swine flu has jumped from 12 cases last week to at least 145 cases, the CDC announced today. Even while the CDC was making the announcement, Indiana health officials reported seven new cases. That brings the total to 152 cases -- and coun

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