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    1. Rx Ear Drops for Kids With Recurrent Ear Infection

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An eardrop that combines antibiotics and steroids might be the best ear infection treatment for children who already have ear tubes because of recurrent infections, a new study finds. New research compared the eardrop t

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    2. Flu Hits Unvaccinated Hardest, Study Finds

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to avoid the very worst of the flu, get a flu shot. That simple message is hammered home in a new study from Duke University Medical Center that found virtually all of the people with influenza who ended up in

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    3. Avoid Antibiotics in Pill Form for 'Swimmer's Ear'

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who's ever contracted "swimmer's ear" knows how painful the infection can be. Now, updated expert guidelines stress that the condition is best managed by antibiotics or antibacterials given as eardrops rather than by

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    4. Hand Washing, Zinc May Ward Off Colds: Review

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The cold season is in full swing, with everyone swearing by their own methods for avoiding infection or treating themselves should they get sick. Now, a new review finds that some methods seem to work better than others,

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    5. U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Flu season continues to tighten its grip on the United States, with 35 states now experiencing widespread influenza activity, federal officials reported Friday. The flu seems to be hitting young and middle-aged adults th

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    6. First North American Death From H5N1 Bird Flu

      Jan. 9, 2014 -- The first death in North America from H5N1 bird flu has been reported in Alberta, Canada. The victim was a resident of the province who had recently traveled to Beijing, China. Health officials said there was no risk of transmission of the virus between humans, CBC News reported. The

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    7. Tamiflu Liquid Hard to Find for Now in U.S.

      Jan. 8, 2014 -- The liquid form of the flu drug Tamiflu is in short supply because of early strong demand. But the shortage is expected to be brief, lasting only through mid-January, according to its manufacturer, Genentech. Doctors typically give the liquid form of the antiviral drug, called Tamifl

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    8. H1N1 Flu Spreading in South-Central U.S.

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu season may be off to a slow start nationwide, but infection rates are spiking in the south-central United States, where five deaths have already been reported in Texas. And the predominant strain of flu

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    9. Flu Vaccine Prevented 6.6 Million Illnesses Last Season: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials would like every American aged 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine, and on Thursday they produced statistics they think should convince everyone to get vaccinated. "In the 2012-2013 flu season, vacc

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    10. Natural Cold Remedies: What to Know

      Finding a cure for the common cold has proved harder than paddling across the Pacific in a rowboat. Experts say that's because colds can be caused by more than 200 different viruses. There may be no sure way to stop one in its tracks, but some things may work better than others to make you feel bett

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