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    1. Flu's Grip on U.S. Starting to Weaken: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After a rough start to the flu season, the number of infections seems to have peaked and is even starting to decline in many parts of the nation, federal health officials reported Thursday. "We likely reached our highe

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    2. The Flu Remains Widespread in Much of the U.S.

      Jan. 23, 2015 – The flu is still widespread in a majority of states, and flu-related hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, the CDC says. The worst might not be over: It’s too soon to tell whether this flu season has peaked. Since it began early, it might last longer than the average of about

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    3. Flu Cases Down Slightly

      Jan. 16, 2015 -- New flu cases were down slightly across the U.S. last week, but it’s still too early to know if the season has peaked, according to the CDC. We’re 8 weeks into a particularly nasty flu season. People over 65 have been hardest hit. Seniors are being hospitalized for the flu at nearly

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    4. Flu Season Bad and May Get Worse

      Jan. 9, 2015 -- This year's flu season is still bad, and it’s too soon to say whether it has peaked, officials from the CDC warned Friday. "This flu season is shaping up to be a severe one, especially for older people, young children, and those with underlying conditions," said CDC director Tom Frie

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    5. Why Are Colds More Likely in Winter?

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Though it's never been scientifically confirmed, conventional wisdom has it that winter is the season of sniffles. Now, new animal research seems to back up that idea. It suggests that as internal body temperatures fall after

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    6. Flu: Bad Season Getting Worse

      Jan. 5, 2015 -- The flu is increasing in intensity and spreading throughout much of the country, the CDC said in its weekly flu update. And it will get worse before it gets better. “Flu activity is expected to continue in the coming weeks, with increases occurring especially in those states that hav

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    7. Binge Drinking May Weaken Immune System

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who engage in just one bout of binge drinking may experience a relatively quick and significant drop in their immune system function, a new small study indicates. It's well-known that drinking ups injury risk, and

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    8. FDA Shares Advice to Avoid Colds and Flu

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Viral infections can happen at any time, but they're more common during winter when people spend more time in close contact with others indoors. Although most respiratory viruses clear up within a few days, some can

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    9. Flu Season in Full Swing: CDC

      Editor's note: This story was updated on Dec. 30 with a CDC update. Dec. 17, 2014 -- Flu season is in full force, according to the CDC, which is reporting widespread disease activity in 36 states for the week ending Dec. 20. That’s up from just 14 states in the previous week’s flu report. There were

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    10. Many Americans Still Haven't Gotten a Flu Shot

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than half of Americans have gotten a flu shot so far this flu season, which might be a bad sign for a season that could be potentially severe, infectious-disease experts said Thursday. Worse, some people are thin

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