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  1. Gene Testing Helps Sort Out Bacterial, Viral Infections

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new genetic test that distinguishes between viral and bacterial infections could help fight antibiotic resistance and quickly detect new diseases, according to a new study. The immune system responds differently when battl

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  2. CDC Sounds Alarm on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 16 (HealthDay News) -- More than 2 million people come down with infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year in the United States, leading to at least 23,000 deaths, according to a report released Monday by federal health officials. Th

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  3. New Choices for Flu Vaccines

    Sept. 17, 2013 -- It's fall. The kids are back at school, college football rivalries are in high gear, and -- oh, yeah -- it’s time to get a flu vaccine. In the past, flu protection basically boiled down to a choice between a shot or a sniff of a nasal spray. But this year there are new options. Som

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  4. Don’t Let a Cold Get You Down

    We’re more than a decade into the 21st century, and scientists are no closer to that most elusive goal: a cure for the common cold. If anything, cold viruses seem more formidable than ever. Until recently, researchers thought there were about 100 varieties of rhinoviruses, the most common cause of t

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  5. Many Docs Wrongly Prescribe Antibiotics: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- When prescribing antibiotics, American doctors choose the most powerful drugs more than 60 percent of the time, a new study finds. But more than 25 percent of the prescriptions for these "broad-spectrum" antibiotics -- which ar

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  6. Kids and the Flu: Little Bodies, Big Aches

    Is your little child achy and feverish with the flu? The bad news: There's no pill or syrup that will cure the flu. You just need time to let your child's body fight it off naturally. The good news: Although you can't magically make the flu go away, you can make your child more comfortable while her

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  7. 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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  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. 5 Ways to Stop Colds From Spreading in Your Family

    When you've got a family, even a run-of-the-mill cold can be a lot of trouble. As it spreads from one person to the next in your family, that one crummy cold virus can disrupt your lives for weeks -- causing missed school, missed work, sleepless nights, and frayed tempers. So when your child -- or y

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  10. China's Bird Flu Might Someday Spread More Easily

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- The deadly H7N9 bird flu virus has the potential to be easily transmitted from human to human, a new study suggests. Chinese scientists have found that the virus is highly transmissible between ferrets, a mammal often used t

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