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    1. EVD68 No Deadlier for Kids Than Other Viruses

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Enterovirus D68 made headlines in 2014 when it sickened scores of kids across North America, but a new study says the aggressive virus proved no more deadly than other common cold germs. The virus was more aggressive,

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    2. Does Gargling Wlth Salt Water Ease a Sore Throat?

      By Chris C. Anderson When your throat turns to sandpaper and every bit of food and liquid that goes down your gullet feels like it’s a bill trying to pass the Senate, unlike a politician you become more than eager to try to find a way to move things forward. A sore throat is a miserable thing to dea

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    3. Do I Really Have to Clean My Humidifier?

      By Chris C. Anderson The Rumor: Humidifiers should be cleaned every once in a while If you've ever lived in a dry climate, chances are you’ve had a humidifier in your house at some point. Legend has it they need to be cleaned from time to time. Really cleaned, as in a proper, follow-all-of-the-instr

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    4. Flu Vaccine May Also Protect Against Pneumonia

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a flu shot may protect you not only from flu, but also from pneumonia, the leading cause of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths, a new study suggests. Most children and adults hospitalized for flu-related pneu

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    5. This Year's Flu Shot Should Be Better Match: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu vaccine should be a better match than last year's for circulating flu strains, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sai

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    6. Flu Vaccines Offer About 6 Months of Protection

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Flu vaccines offer moderate protection throughout most of the flu season, a new study shows. The research included more than 1,700 Americans of all ages. The participants all got flu shots. The researchers followed them

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    7. Flu Vaccine Protects Nursing Home Residents

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal flu shots save lives and prevent hospitalizations among nursing home residents, a new study shows. There has been debate about the effectiveness of flu vaccination in this group of patients, but the findings show

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    8. Norovirus Can Go Airborne Through Vomit

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When people infected with norovirus vomit, they release virus particles into the air that can infect other people, researchers report. Norovirus is often called the "cruise ship" virus due to numerous outbreaks at sea.

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    9. Better Control of These Germs Could Save Many Lives

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An immediate, focused effort to halt the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs could save tens of thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of new infections over the next five years, a new government report su

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    10. Nasal Balloon Can Treat Youngsters for 'Glue Ear'

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A simple procedure using what's known as a "nasal balloon" can treat hearing loss in children with a common middle-ear problem, preventing unnecessary and ineffective treatment with antibiotics, according to a new study. M

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