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    1. 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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    2. Prevent Flu: Cover Up When You Say Achoo!

      It's every mother's mantra: Cover your mouth when you cough. During flu season, it's the best advice you can give any child -- or adult - who wants to avoid the flu. The flu virus is passed from one person to the other through fluids from mouth and nose secretions. When we cough and sneeze, those dr

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    3. Experts: New H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic Unlikely

      Sept. 30, 2010 – Some two-thirds of Americans may already be immune to H1N1 swine flu, making an explosive new wave unlikely. High vaccination rates this flu season, especially among children and young adults, might even drive the pandemic bug to extinction, speculate top researchers at the National

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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