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  1. Soothe Dry Skin When You Have a Cold

    When you have a cold, it also affects your skin. So while you're getting over your cold, give your skin some TLC, too. Long, hot showers can help ease a stopped up head, but they dry your skin. Because spending a lot of time in the water can suck the moisture right out of your skin, limit your bath

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  2. Natural Ways to Kick a Cold

    Trying to get over a cold? There are lots of things you can do to ease the symptoms as you get better. Here some easy ones. When a cold strikes, chicken soup and hot tea can ease your symptoms. The reason: heat. As the warmth moves down your throat toward your stomach, it helps loosen mucus, making

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  3. Cold Relief: 6 Sleep Tips to Help You Breathe Easier

    Suffering the symptoms of a cold is bad enough by day. At night, it can be worse. Blocked sinuses can make it so hard to breathe that you spend all night in a misery of tossing and turning. WebMD asked cold and sleep experts around the country for advice on how to breathe easier at night while you’r

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  4. CDC Reports More Americans Getting Flu Shots

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Although more Americans than ever are getting their annual flu shots, U.S. health officials said Thursday that the rates could be better and urged virtually all Americans to get vaccinated for the coming flu season. "Our me

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  5. Could Discovery Lead to Universal Flu Vaccine?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- An experiment based on the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic may have helped scientists move closer to developing a universal flu vaccine, according to a new study. Researchers at Imperial College London, in England, asked 342 staff

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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