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    1. Getting to the Bottom of a Sore Throat

      First it's that rough feeling, like you swallowed a bit of sandpaper. You know what's next: a sore throat. Is it the start of a cold, strep -- or something else? "For most sore throats, you probably don't need to see a doctor. You can treat it with over-the-counter remedies, take time off from work,

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    2. Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA

      By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The prescription drops your child is using for ear pain could be among 16 unapproved medications targeted this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These drugs, prescribed and sold for years to relieve

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    3. Is It a Cold or Sinus Infection?

      Watery eyes, a stuffy nose, sneezing: How long these symptoms last can be a clue to what’s causing your congestion. Is it a cold or a sinus infection? If it’s a cold virus, you may find yourself close to a tissue box for several days. Most of the time, colds get better on their own in 10 days or les

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    4. 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 to

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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