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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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 defens

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Many Health Care Workers Won’t Get Flu Shots

    Oct. 14, 2010 -- Many people who are at high risk for the flu -- including health care workers -- say they won't be getting a flu shot this year, a Consumer Reports survey shows. This year's vaccine protects against the seasonal and H1N1 swine flu. The CDC now recommends flu vaccines for everyone ol

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  8. Prevent Flu: Steer Clear of Sick People

    You've heard them -- flu-sick sneezers and coughers at the office, day care, shopping mall, or grocery store. Avoiding the flu is no small matter. So what can you do? One sure flu prevention tip is to avoid close contact with people who are sick. Anyone who is at high risk from the seasonal flu -- l

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  9. 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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  10. 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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