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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Echinacea Mildly Effective in Treating Colds

      Dec. 20, 2010 -- Despite its popularity as a natural remedy for treating the common cold, a new study suggests echinacea does not substantially reduce the severity or duration of the common cold. Investigators led by Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD, an associate professor of family medicine at the University

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    5. Flu Spreads Fast Among High School Students

      Dec. 14, 2010 -- Forget Facebook, it's the thousands of close encounters within real, live social networks at high schools that could prove dangerous to students' health. A new study shows that on a typical day high school students engage in thousands of social interactions that put them at risk for

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    6. Georgia Tops U.S. in Seasonal Flu Activity

      Dec. 6, 2010 -- Flu season is here, and so far Georgia is the state hit the hardest by this year’s influenza virus, according to the CDC. “Georgia is reporting high levels of influenza-like activity,” Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases,

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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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