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  1. Study Links Zinc Nose Sprays, Loss of Smell

    July 19, 2010 -- Just over a year ago, the FDA warned that zinc-containing intranasal cold remedies might cause loss of sense of smell. Now a researcher who has long argued that the sprays were harmful says he has scientific evidence to back up the claim. Last summer, the FDA warned consumers to sto

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  2. 10 Things to Do Before You Get Swine Flu

    The H1N1 flu, commonly called swine flu, is expected to make many people sick this flu season. And if you're one of them, you're in for some serious at-home time, recovering and sparing other people from your germs. To make that time a little easier on yourself, consider taking these 10 steps now, b

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  3. Eight Surprising Facts About Swine Flu

    The H1N1 flu was a surprise right from the start: a soon-to-be pandemic flu virus that was first identified in kids in the United States. But that's not the only unusual fact about H1N1 flu. Here are eight more surprising developments: 1 Name that flu virus In April 2009, CDC researchers met to name

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  4. Swine Flu 101: College Survival Tips

    Is swine flu , or H1N1 flu, back on campus? What if it strikes you, your roommate, or someone in your class? Before you brush it off as hype, keep in mind that young adults, even healthy ones, are one of the high-risk groups for a bad case of swine flu. Although most cases haven't been severe, there

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  5. Swine Flu and Asthma

    Before the latest flu season had officially gotten under way, the swine flu (or H1N1 virus) was already stealing headlines as it left a trail of fever, aches, and general misery across the country. For people with asthma, watching the swine flu sweep across the nation has been especially nerve wrack

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  6. Swine Flu and the Elderly

    What is it about swine flu that has people so nervous? Should seniors in particular be worried? To learn more, WebMD went to medical experts and got their answers to these and other questions about the 2009 H1N1 virus. Swine flu is a novel form of the influenza virus, combining swine, human, and avi

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  7. Swine Flu and Travel: 6 Tips

    Are you rethinking your travel plans in light of H1N1 flu (swine flu)? Here are six travel recommendations to keep in mind. The CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) don't have any travel restrictions in place for healthy travelers. The World Health Organization (WHO) isn't recommending any travel

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  8. Vitamin D May Cut Risk of Flu

    June 16, 2010 -- Vitamin D may reduce the incidence and severity of influenza and other infections of the upper respiratory tract, new research indicates. Simple steps such as eating foods rich with vitamin D and getting more sunshine may help to reduce your chances of contracting flu and other simi

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  9. H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine FAQ

    A safe and effective H1N1 swine flu vaccine was created and produced in record time -- but it still wasn't ready when the U.S. pandemic peaked in early fall of 2009. Even so, by mid-December 2009, 28 million adults (13% of U.S. adults) and 18 million children (24% of U.S. children) had received the

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  10. Swine Flu FAQ

    The H1N1 swine flu virus appeared in the U.S. in April 2009 and never went away. After sweeping the globe, U.S. H1N1 swine flu cases surged as schools opened in the fall. What is H1N1 swine flu? What can we do about it? WebMD answers your questions. What is swine flu? What are swine flu symptoms? Wh

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