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    1. FDA: Hand Sanitizers Make False Claims

      April 21, 2011 – Hand sanitizers protect us from germs, don't they? A new FDA initiative has consumers confused. The FDA yesterday warned consumers not to buy hand sanitizers "that claim to prevent infection from MRSA, E. coli, salmonella, flu, or other bacteria or viruses." But isn't that why we us

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    2. FDA Pulls 500 Cold Medicines From the Market

      March 2, 2011 -- The FDA today announced steps to remove more than 500 prescription cold, cough, and allergy products from the market because of potential safety concerns. The FDA asked companies to stop manufacturing the 500 products within 90 days and stop shipping them within 180 days. Some manuf

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    3. Flu Cases on the Rise in U.S.

      Feb. 17, 2011 -- Flu activity was relatively low in most of the U.S. from October through early December, but it has increased and is now widespread in most states, the CDC says. The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for Feb. 18 says the flu is now present now in all 50 states and the Dist

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    4. Zinc May Prevent and Shorten Colds

      Feb. 15, 2011 -- Taking zinc, either as a syrup or lozenge, through the first few days of a cold may shorten the misery of an upper respiratory infection, a new research review shows. The review also found that zinc cut the number of days that kids missed school because of being sick and reduced the

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    5. Most People With Flu Don’t Stay Home

      Jan. 25, 2011 -- Staying home when you have the flu helps reduce the risk of others catching the disease, yet a recent survey finds that 66% of Americans go about their daily activities even after flu symptoms set in. The same survey, however, revealed a double standard: 59% said they feel annoyed w

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    6. Catch a Bus, Catch a Cold

      Jan. 20, 2011 -- People who have recently ridden a bus are six times more likely than those who don’t use public transportation to find their next stop is the doctor’s office, researchers say. The risk in question, they say, is of developing an acute respiratory infection (ARI). Experts at the Unive

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    7. Flu Is Widespread in 11 States

      Jan. 14, 2011 - Don't put off your flu shot any longer: The winter flu season has arrived. While only four states have high levels of flu activity, the seasonal illness is widespread across 11 states. And there's evidence of outbreaks in several U.S. cities. Sadly, four children died of flu in the f

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    8. Early Antibiotics Help Ear Infections in Young Children

      Jan. 12, 2011 -- Young children with ear infections recover faster and more completely if doctors give antibiotics right away rather than waiting to see if the kids get better on their own. The findings come from two clinical trials, one in the U.S. and one in Finland. For young children with middle

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    9. Cold and Flu IQ

      When it comes to what the average person believes about colds, there seems to be as many misconceptions as cold medicines on a drugstore shelf. And now that the winter cold and flu season is in full swing, we turned to Thomas Tallman, DO, an emergency medicine physician and cold and flu expert at th

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    10. Tips for Treating the Cold and Flu

      Before cold and flu season gets into full swing, arm yourself against germs. To stave off the flu, start here: "Get a flu shot. That's the single most important thing you can do," says Aaron Glatt, MD, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, N.Y. If a cold or flu do

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