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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Could Your Child Have an Ear Infection?

    Even newbie parents can spot diaper rash or a runny nose with no problem, but ear infections may come with only a whisper of symptoms. Yet three-quarters of children will get one by age 3. "An ear infection happens when you get infected fluid or pus behind the eardrum," says Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP.

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  9. Early, Severe Flu Season Caused Big Rise in Child Deaths: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- This past flu season started earlier, peaked earlier and led to more adult hospitalizations and child deaths than most flu seasons, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. At least 149 children died, compared to the usual r

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  10. Gene Therapy May Protect Against Flu Pandemics

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Gene therapy that turns cells in the nose into factories that crank out super antibodies against the flu protected mice and ferrets against lethal doses of several pandemic strains of the virus. If the approach works in human

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