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  1. First North American Death From H5N1 Bird Flu

    Jan. 9, 2014 -- The first death in North America from H5N1 bird flu has been reported in Alberta, Canada. The victim was a resident of the province who had recently traveled to Beijing, China. Health officials said there was no risk of transmission of the virus between humans, CBC News reported. The

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  2. Tamiflu Liquid Hard to Find for Now in U.S.

    Jan. 8, 2014 -- The liquid form of the flu drug Tamiflu is in short supply because of early strong demand. But the shortage is expected to be brief, lasting only through mid-January, according to its manufacturer, Genentech. Doctors typically give the liquid form of the antiviral drug, called Tamifl

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  3. H1N1 Flu Spreading in South-Central U.S.

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu season may be off to a slow start nationwide, but infection rates are spiking in the south-central United States, where five deaths have already been reported in Texas. And the predominant strain of flu

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  4. Flu Vaccine Prevented 6.6 Million Illnesses Last Season: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials would like every American aged 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine, and on Thursday they produced statistics they think should convince everyone to get vaccinated. "In the 2012-2013 flu season, vacc

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  5. Natural Cold Remedies: What to Know

    Finding a cure for the common cold has proved harder than paddling across the Pacific in a rowboat. Experts say that's because colds can be caused by more than 200 different viruses.  There may be no sure way to stop one in its tracks, but some things may work better than others to make you feel bet

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Myths vs. Facts About Your Immune System

    Your immune system is your friend. It protects your body from infection. Give it your full support and, as with any friend, there will be perks. Here’s how it works: Your immune system creates, stores, and distributes the white blood cells that fight bacteria and viruses that enter your body, especi

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  9. Two Questions May Rule Out Strep Throat

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Your throat is on fire. It hurts to swallow, and you're losing your voice. Is it time to see a doctor for antibiotics? In the near future, researchers report, it may be possible to click on an app, answer two questions about you

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  10. Flu Season Off to Slow Start . . .

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23 (HealthDay News) -- The 16-day federal government shutdown earlier this month hindered the ability of U.S. health officials to monitor flu activity around the country. Turns out, there wasn't much to monitor because there haven't been many out

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