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  1. Higher Indoor Humidity Levels Might Slow Flu

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- As the flu season continues to pack a punch for some Americans, new research suggests there might be a simple way to reduce the risk for infection in an indoor setting: hike up humidity levels. By raising indoor relative humidity

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  2. Kids' Ear Infections: New Guidelines for Treatment

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for identifying and treating a common childhood ailment that can cause a lot of misery -- the ear infection. In the guidelines released Monday, the pediatrics group mo

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  3. Children's Tamiflu Still in Short Supply

    Feb. 21, 2013 -- With flu season dragging on, supplies of the children’s version of the flu drug Tamiflu continue to dwindle nationwide, according to the drug's maker. The liquid medicine, called Tamiflu OS (for oral suspension), is approved for children 2 weeks old and older. It attacks the flu vir

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  4. Flu Vaccine Fell Short for Seniors This Season

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The flu vaccine has fallen markedly short of expectations for older Americans this winter, offering this vulnerable population protection against the most virulent strain of flu virus just 9 percent of the time, U.S. health

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  5. Hand Sanitizers: Do They Help Stop All Germs?

    Feb. 8, 2013 -- With winter cold and flu season in full swing -- and a new strain of norovirus circulating -- everyone's trying to dodge the bugs. Norovirus causes intestinal illness, and it's often the root of outbreaks at schools and in nursing homes. The question is: How best to avoid infection?

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  6. Flu Shot May Not Work as Well for Seniors

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors seem to get a weaker boost to their immune system following a flu shot than young people do, a small study shows. Experts say the findings essentially confirm what's been believed: The flu shot just doesn't work as well f

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  7. Health Highlights: Feb.1, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Lawsuit Claims Zoloft Not Effective  A lawsuit claiming that the antidepressant Zoloft is ineffective is being described as frivolous by drug maker Pfizer Inc. and psychiatric experts. Plaintiff L

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  8. Study: People Emit Flu Germs Up to 6 Feet Away

    THURSDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from the flu can give off small virus particles into the air at greater distances than previously thought, putting the health care workers who treat these patients at increased risk for getting the virus themselves, researchers report. The inves

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  9. Flu Still Flexing Its Muscle in Western States

    Feb. 1, 2013 -- The flu continues to wane on a nationwide basis, but don't tell that to residents of the western United States. Of the 24 states reporting high levels of flu-like illness, 19 were west of the Mississippi River for the week ending Jan. 26, according to the latest "Flu View" report fro

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  10. Health Highlights: Jan. 29, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: FDA Issues Warning on Unapproved Flu Product A Florida company has been sent a warning letter about marketing an untested inhaled formula as a flu remedy, federal officials say. Flu and Cold Defen

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