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    1. This Year’s Flu Vaccine Less Effective Than Hoped

      Dec. 4, 2014 -- Flu season is well underway, and the CDC says the flu shot may not be offering as much protection as experts had hoped. “So far this season, influenza A -- H3N2 viruses -- have been detected most frequently, and in almost all states,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, in a t

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    2. Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that's likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says. "We are starting to see a little more fl

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    3. Could Flu Raise Risk of Fatal Artery Tear?

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Influenza is a nasty virus in its own right. But, it might also increase a person's risk of suffering a life-threatening tear in the body's most important artery, a new study suggests. During flu season, an increased num

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    4. Study: Hospital Patients Don't Wash Hands Enough

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients don't wash their hands often, even when they use the restroom or eat meals, potentially increasing their risk of getting an infection, a new study shows. "This is important because getting patients to wa

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    5. Study: Contact Sports Boost Spread of 'Superbugs'

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College athletes in contact sports such as football and soccer are more than twice as likely as other college athletes to carry a superbug known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), new research finds. "

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    6. New Clues to How Colds Can Spur Asthma Attacks

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have pinpointed a molecule that may trigger potentially life-threatening asthma attacks brought on by colds. The researchers say this finding could offer a target for new drugs to be developed to treat these a

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    7. Obama Administration Tackles Antibiotic Resistance

      Sept. 18, 2014 -- The Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of measures aimed at combating the threat of antibiotic resistance, which can happen when these medicines are used too often and lose their power to treat bacterial infections. Resistance is “a serious domestic and international

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    8. Almost Everyone Needs a Flu Shot: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year, so U.S. health officials on Thursday urged that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for the coming flu season. "It's really unfortunate that half of Ame

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    9. Single-Dose Injected Flu Treatment Shows Promise

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Sept. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new single-dose, injected drug appears safe and effective at helping ease flu symptoms, two new studies show. The studies included a total of 427 adults who were given one injection of the drug peramivir or a placebo w

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    10. Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Threat: CDC Head

      July 24, 2014 -- Tougher measures to control antibiotic resistance need to be taken in the coming years, to avoid the possibility of it becoming the "next pandemic," the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. During an event at the National Press Club, CDC Director

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