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  1. Should I Go to the Clinic for a Cold or Flu?

    Q: I figure I'll pick up a cold or the flu at some point from all the sniffling, coughing students in my classes. How do I know when to seek medical help? A: You're right. Because you spend a lot of time around other people, your chances of getting a cold or the flu this winter are high. Remember to

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  2. Cough Relief: How to Lose a Bad Cough

    Ah, the joys of winter. Eggnog, ice skating ... (cough cough cough). Constant cough can stop you in your tracks. “Even a little cough can be debilitating,” says Mark Yoder, MD, assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Cold and flu seas

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  3. Getting to the Bottom of a Sore Throat

    First it's that rough feeling, like you swallowed a bit of sandpaper. You know what's next: a sore throat. Is it the start of a cold, strep -- or something else? "For most sore throats, you probably don't need to see a doctor. You can treat it with over-the-counter remedies, take time off from work,

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  4. Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA

    By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The prescription drops your child is using for ear pain could be among 16 unapproved medications targeted this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These drugs, prescribed and sold for years to relieve

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  5. Is It a Cold or Sinus Infection?

    Watery eyes, a stuffy nose, sneezing: How long these symptoms last can be a clue to what’s causing your congestion. Is it a cold or a sinus infection? If it’s a cold virus, you may find yourself close to a tissue box for several days. Most of the time, colds get better on their own in 10 days or les

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  6. CDC Tweaking Flu Vaccine for Better Protection

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having acknowledged that the 2014-2015 flu vaccine was mismatched to the circulating influenza strains, U.S. health officials have ramped up next season's shots for broader protection. Flu-vaccine makeup is determined mon

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  7. Tips to Comfort Your Sick Baby

    When your baby is sick with a cold, some simple remedies and a big dose of love can make him feel more comfy. And of course, that means you'll get a lot more rest, too! Your baby's stuffy head, runny nose, or cough can keep him awake. Try these tips: Use a humidifier or cool-mist vaporizer. They add

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  8. Quiet Activities for Sick Kids

    Are you at home with a sick child? What your child probably needs most is rest. But it's hard to get cranky, sick kids the rest they need without leaving the TV on all day. Try these quiet activities instead. You'll help your child heal, and spend some quality time together. Games and puzzles. It's

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  9. Flu Vaccines and Kids

    Every fall, millions of U.S. children get flu vaccinations at their pediatricians' offices. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for all Americans who are at least 6 months old. You may have questions about the vaccination. Why can't last year's flu shot protect your child this year? Do you need

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  10. Your Baby's Cold: When to Call a Doctor

    It's a pretty safe bet that your little one is going to get a cold 6 to 12 times a year. Usually a few remedies and plenty of TLC will get him feeling better. Sometimes, though, you may need to get some expert advice. Keep your eye out for symptoms that need a doctor's care. Call your doctor if your

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