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  1. Prevent Flu: Healthy Habits Beat the Virus

    To prevent flu -- or any illness -- you've got to stick with a healthy lifestyle. "I really believe your immune system takes care of a lot of things," says Erica Brownfield, MD, a professor of internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. "Even if you've been exposed to the fl

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  2. Prevent Flu: Soap Away Germs

    An icky fact: That elevator button or door knob you just touched? It likely has flu germs on it. If you're avoiding the flu, take note. Then wash those hands. Do it the right way -- and do it often, several times a day! It's true -- germs can live on any surface for two hours or more. If someone in

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  3. Prevent Flu: Don’t Be Touchy

    Resist the urge. Little habits -- touching eyes, putting finger to nose, biting nails -- give the flu virus a welcome mat into your system. A day or two later, when the first signs of flu hit you, you'll wonder -- how did I get the flu? When avoiding the flu, you've got to resist those habits. "Thes

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  4. Prevent Flu: Go to Work or Stay in Bed?

    It's a problem: Kids and adults going to work when they should stay home. Around any school or office, you hear them coughing and sneezing. Yet experts' flu prevention advice is clear: Stay home when you are sick. The problem is, "With a lot of flu viruses, people can be infectious before they have

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  5. Prevent Flu: Cover Up When You Say Achoo!

    It's every mother's mantra: Cover your mouth when you cough. During flu season, it's the best advice you can give any child -- or adult - who wants to avoid the flu. The flu virus is passed from one person to the other through fluids from mouth and nose secretions. When we cough and sneeze, those dr

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  6. Experts: New H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic Unlikely

    Sept. 30, 2010 – Some two-thirds of Americans may already be immune to H1N1 swine flu, making an explosive new wave unlikely. High vaccination rates this flu season, especially among children and young adults, might even drive the pandemic bug to extinction, speculate top researchers at the National

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  7. Flu Shots May Reduce Heart Attack Risk

    Sept. 21, 2010 -- Yearly flu shots may do more than stave off the seasonal flu -- they may also prevent heart attacks, according to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. And the earlier you get the flu shot, the greater this protection, the study shows. "If substantiated, this fin

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  8. Hand Washing Catching On in U.S.

    Sept. 14, 2010 -- Researchers who observed hand washing in restrooms in major cities say 85% of adults are washing their hands after using public facilities, a new observational study shows. The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) sent observers into res

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  9. FDA Panel Rejects Restrictions on Cough Medicine

    Sept. 14, 2010 -- An FDA advisory panel voted against placing restrictions on dextromethorphan (DXM), an active ingredient in many over-the-counter cough medications. The panel, which was convened at the request of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), was tasked with evaluating DXM's potential for abu

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  10. Top 13 Flu Myths

    Myths about the flu are everywhere. According to many experts, misconceptions and rumors about the flu are as hard to contain and as hard to fight as the virus itself.  “There are urban myths and rural myths about the flu,” says William Schaffner, MD, chairman of the department of preventive medicin

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