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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Is Your Kid Sick or Just Faking It?

    Your school-aged child wakes up sniffling, coughing, and moaning that he just doesn't feel well enough to go to school. Could it be a cold? The flu? Or, even the dreaded swine flu? As a parent, how are you supposed to respond? Sometimes, it's clear that your child has cold symptoms or flu symptoms a

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  5. 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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  6. H1N1 Swine Flu No Worse Than Seasonal Flu

    Sept. 7, 2010 -- In adults and children over age 6 months, the H1N1 swine flu was no more severe -- and posed no greater risk of serious disease -- than recent seasonal flu bugs. The findings come from Edward A. Belongia, MD, and colleagues at Wisconsin's Marshfield Clinic, who have been tracking fl

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  7. The Flu and You: Your Urgent Response Guide

    You can take all the precautions in the world, but sometimes the flu sneaks around your defenses. So what do you do when someone in your house has the flu -- or even swine flu? To give you an idea, here's a countdown of five average days with the flu. Keep in mind that this rundown is based on a typ

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  8. Too Sick to Work?

    You rise from a fitful night’s sleep with a sore throat and headache. Your temperature is slightly over 100 degrees, but judging by how crummy you feel, you wonder if it will spike to 103 degrees by day’s end. Should you drag yourself to work and risk infecting coworkers? Or should you phone in sick

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  9. Flu Deaths "Unpredictable"

    Aug. 26, 2010 – U.S. deaths from flu range from about 3,000 to about 50,000 per year, the CDC now calculates. The new numbers come from analysis of the last 31 flu seasons by CDC medical officer David Shay, MD, MPH and colleagues. For years, the CDC has been estimating the annual flu toll at about 3

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  10. CDC: Flu Vaccine Arriving, Get Yours ASAP

    Aug. 12, 2010 -- It may still be late summer, but this year's flu vaccine already is arriving -- and the CDC wants you to get yours right away. That "you" means "everybody." For the first time, the seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for all men, women -- including pregnant women -- and children ove

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