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  1. Binge Drinking May Weaken Immune System

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who engage in just one bout of binge drinking may experience a relatively quick and significant drop in their immune system function, a new small study indicates. It's well-known that drinking ups injury risk, and

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  2. Flu: Bad Season Getting Worse

    Jan. 5, 2015 -- The flu is increasing in intensity and spreading throughout much of the country, the CDC said in its weekly flu update. And it will get worse before it gets better. “Flu activity is expected to continue in the coming weeks, with increases occurring especially in those states that hav

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  3. FDA Shares Advice to Avoid Colds and Flu

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Viral infections can happen at any time, but they're more common during winter when people spend more time in close contact with others indoors. Although most respiratory viruses clear up within a few days, some can

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  4. Flu Season in Full Swing: CDC

    Editor's note: This story was updated on Dec. 30 with a CDC update. Dec. 17, 2014 -- Flu season is in full force, according to the CDC, which is reporting widespread disease activity in 36 states for the week ending Dec. 20. That’s up from just 14 states in the previous week’s flu report. There were

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  5. Many Americans Still Haven't Gotten a Flu Shot

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than half of Americans have gotten a flu shot so far this flu season, which might be a bad sign for a season that could be potentially severe, infectious-disease experts said Thursday. Worse, some people are thin

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  6. This Year’s Flu Vaccine Less Effective Than Hoped

    Dec. 4, 2014 -- Flu season is well underway, and the CDC says the flu shot may not be offering as much protection as experts had hoped. “So far this season, influenza A -- H3N2 viruses -- have been detected most frequently, and in almost all states,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, in a t

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  7. Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that's likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says. "We are starting to see a little more fl

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  8. Could Flu Raise Risk of Fatal Artery Tear?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Influenza is a nasty virus in its own right. But, it might also increase a person's risk of suffering a life-threatening tear in the body's most important artery, a new study suggests. During flu season, an increased num

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  9. Study: Contact Sports Boost Spread of 'Superbugs'

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College athletes in contact sports such as football and soccer are more than twice as likely as other college athletes to carry a superbug known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), new research finds. "

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  10. Study: Hospital Patients Don't Wash Hands Enough

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients don't wash their hands often, even when they use the restroom or eat meals, potentially increasing their risk of getting an infection, a new study shows. "This is important because getting patients to wa

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