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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Many Docs Wrongly Prescribe Antibiotics: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- When prescribing antibiotics, American doctors choose the most powerful drugs more than 60 percent of the time, a new study finds. But more than 25 percent of the prescriptions for these "broad-spectrum" antibiotics -- which ar

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  8. Kids and the Flu: Little Bodies, Big Aches

    Is your little child achy and feverish with influenza, otherwise known as the flu? The bad news: There's no pill or syrup that will cure the flu. You just need time to let your child's body fight it off naturally. The good news: Although you can't magically make the flu go away, you can make your ch

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  9. 5 Ways to Stop Colds From Spreading in Your Family

    When you've got a family, even a run-of-the-mill cold can be a lot of trouble. As it spreads from one person to the next in your family, that one crummy cold virus can disrupt your lives for weeks -- causing missed school, missed work, sleepless nights, and frayed tempers. So when your child -- or y

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  10. China's Bird Flu Might Someday Spread More Easily

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- The deadly H7N9 bird flu virus has the potential to be easily transmitted from human to human, a new study suggests. Chinese scientists have found that the virus is highly transmissible between ferrets, a mammal often used t

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