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  1. Cold Relief: 6 Sleep Tips to Help You Breathe Easier

    Suffering the symptoms of a cold is bad enough by day. At night, it can be worse. Blocked sinuses can make it so hard to breathe that you spend all night in a misery of tossing and turning. WebMD asked cold and sleep experts around the country for advice on how to breathe easier at night while you’r

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  2. Should I Go to the Clinic for a Cold or Flu?

    Q:  I figure I'll pick up a cold or the flu at some point from all the sniffling, coughing students in my classes. How do I know when to seek medical help? A:  You're right. Because you spend a lot of time around other people, your chances of getting a cold or the flu this winter are high. Remember

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  3. CDC Reports More Americans Getting Flu Shots

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Although more Americans than ever are getting their annual flu shots, U.S. health officials said Thursday that the rates could be better and urged virtually all Americans to get vaccinated for the coming flu season. "Our me

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  4. Could Discovery Lead to Universal Flu Vaccine?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- An experiment based on the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic may have helped scientists move closer to developing a universal flu vaccine, according to a new study. Researchers at Imperial College London, in England, asked 342 staff

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  5. Tips to Help Prevent Kids' Colds and Flu

    Winter is upon us, and with it, the peak of cold and flu season. How can you keep your child from catching a nasty virus? Parents have two main weapons, says Bridget Boyd, MD. She's the director of the newborn nursery at Loyola University Health System in Chicago. The first: good hygiene. "The best

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  6. 10 Home Remedies for the Flu

    Flu symptoms can cause a world of misery, from fever and cough to sore throat, nasal congestion, aches, and chills. But there are ways to feel better. Prescription antiviral drugs may ease symptoms of the flu when taken shortly after you get sick. In many cases, however, simple home remedies may be

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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