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  1. Flu Vaccines Offer About 6 Months of Protection

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Flu vaccines offer moderate protection throughout most of the flu season, a new study shows. The research included more than 1,700 Americans of all ages. The participants all got flu shots. The researchers followed them

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  2. Flu Vaccine Protects Nursing Home Residents

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal flu shots save lives and prevent hospitalizations among nursing home residents, a new study shows. There has been debate about the effectiveness of flu vaccination in this group of patients, but the findings show

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  3. Norovirus Can Go Airborne Through Vomit

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When people infected with norovirus vomit, they release virus particles into the air that can infect other people, researchers report. Norovirus is often called the "cruise ship" virus due to numerous outbreaks at sea.

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  4. Better Control of These Germs Could Save Many Lives

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An immediate, focused effort to halt the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs could save tens of thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of new infections over the next five years, a new government report su

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  5. Nasal Balloon Can Treat Youngsters for 'Glue Ear'

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A simple procedure using what's known as a "nasal balloon" can treat hearing loss in children with a common middle-ear problem, preventing unnecessary and ineffective treatment with antibiotics, according to a new study. M

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  6. Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA

    By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The prescription drops your child is using for ear pain could be among 16 unapproved medications targeted this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These drugs, prescribed and sold for years to relieve

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  7. CDC Tweaking Flu Vaccine for Better Protection

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having acknowledged that the 2014-2015 flu vaccine was mismatched to the circulating influenza strains, U.S. health officials have ramped up next season's shots for broader protection. Flu-vaccine makeup is determined mon

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  8. Bird Flu Poses Little Threat to People: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The bird flu outbreak that has resulted in the slaughter of millions of chickens and turkeys in the United States has little chance of sickening humans, federal health officials said Wednesday. The reason: the geneti

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  9. New Anthrax Drug Approved by FDA

    March 25, 2015 -- A new drug to treat inhalation anthrax has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Anthrasil was approved to be used in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs. Anthrasil testing was limited to animals, because it was not feasible or ethical to test it in p

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  10. Obama Unveils Plan to Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

    March 27, 2015 -- The Obama administration is pledging to end the widespread practice of using antibiotics to boost the growth of animals that are raised for food in the U.S. “The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria” also directs the FDA to make meat producers get a vete

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