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    1. CDC Tweaking Flu Vaccine for Better Protection

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having acknowledged that the 2014-2015 flu vaccine was mismatched to the circulating influenza strains, U.S. health officials have ramped up next season's shots for broader protection. Flu-vaccine makeup is determined mon

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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    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. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Bird Flu

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal flu vaccines trigger immune system protection against the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, a new study reveals. This strain of bird flu, which emerged in China in 2013, kills nearly one-third of people infected with i

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    10. 1 in 5 Sore Throats Tied to Scary Bacteria: Study

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A potentially deadly bacteria is responsible for one in five sore throats in young adults, a new study suggests. Patients with this bacteria -- Fusobacterium necrophorum -- can get negative results on a strep test, but b

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