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  1. 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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  2. Flu Treatment With Antibiotics

    Looking for an effective flu treatment and wondering if antibiotics will work? They won’t. These medications fight infections caused by bacteria, but the flu results from a virus. So does a cold, so they won’t help with that, either. In fact, taking them when you have a virus may do more harm than g

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  3. Bird Flu Poses Little Threat to People: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The bird flu outbreak that has resulted in the slaughter of millions of chickens and turkeys in the United States has little chance of sickening humans, federal health officials said Wednesday. The reason: the geneti

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  4. Cough Medicine: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

    Coughs send more people to the doctor's office than any other specific symptom. And Americans spend billions of dollars every year on over-the-counter medications like suppressants and expectorants to treat them. Clearly we're concerned about our coughs. Clearly lots of us rely on medications to tre

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  5. Obama Unveils Plan to Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

    March 27, 2015 -- The Obama administration is pledging to end the widespread practice of using antibiotics to boost the growth of animals that are raised for food in the U.S. “The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria” also directs the FDA to make meat producers get a vete

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  6. New Anthrax Drug Approved by FDA

    March 25, 2015 -- A new drug to treat inhalation anthrax has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Anthrasil was approved to be used in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs. Anthrasil testing was limited to animals, because it was not feasible or ethical to test it in p

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  7. Bird Flu Spreads Across China: Report

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Avian flu, commonly called "bird flu," is gaining strength in China and has the potential to emerge as a life-threatening virus for humans across the globe, a new report suggests. In the year since avian flu first su

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  8. Seniors Bear Brunt of This Flu Season

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As the flu season continues to wind down, it's increasingly clear that older Americans have been hit particularly hard, federal health officials reported Thursday. Not only did record numbers of seniors wind up in the

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  9. Typical Adult Over 30 Gets Flu Twice Every Decade

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most people dread the flu, and many work hard to avoid it. However, a new British study finds that the typical person over 30 only gets the illness about twice every decade. "For adults, we found that influenza infection

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  10. Flu Vaccine Just 18% Effective This Year

    Feb. 26, 2015 -- It’s no secret this year’s flu shots didn’t work as well as doctors had hoped. But the news got worse Thursday when the CDC revised its estimates of the flu vaccine’s effectiveness downward even further, from 23% to 18%. That means for all ages, getting vaccinated cut the risk of ne

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