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  1. Flu Activity Up, Some Schools Closing

    Dec. 17, 2014 -- Flu season is ramping up, according to the CDC, which is reporting widespread flu activity in 14 states, including much of the U.S. mid-Atlantic region and several Southern states. In many states, flu is having a big impact on schoolchildren. In at least two counties in the South, e

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  2. Many Americans Still Haven't Gotten a Flu Shot

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than half of Americans have gotten a flu shot so far this flu season, which might be a bad sign for a season that could be potentially severe, infectious-disease experts said Thursday. Worse, some people are thin

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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