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  1. Flu Cases on the Rise in U.S.

    Feb. 17, 2011 -- Flu activity was relatively low in most of the U.S. from October through early December, but it has increased and is now widespread in most states, the CDC says. The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for Feb. 18 says the flu is now present now in all 50 states and the Dist

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  2. Zinc May Prevent and Shorten Colds

    Feb. 15, 2011 -- Taking zinc, either as a syrup or lozenge, through the first few days of a cold may shorten the misery of an upper respiratory infection, a new research review shows. The review also found that zinc cut the number of days that kids missed school because of being sick and reduced the

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  3. Most People With Flu Don’t Stay Home

    Jan. 25, 2011 -- Staying home when you have the flu helps reduce the risk of others catching the disease, yet a recent survey finds that 66% of Americans go about their daily activities even after flu symptoms set in. The same survey, however, revealed a double standard: 59% said they feel annoyed w

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  4. Catch a Bus, Catch a Cold

    Jan. 20, 2011 -- People who have recently ridden a bus are six times more likely than those who don’t use public transportation to find their next stop is the doctor’s office, researchers say. The risk in question, they say, is of developing an acute respiratory infection (ARI). Experts at the Unive

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  5. Flu Is Widespread in 11 States

    Jan. 14, 2011 - Don't put off your flu shot any longer: The winter flu season has arrived. While only four states have high levels of flu activity, the seasonal illness is widespread across 11 states. And there's evidence of outbreaks in several U.S. cities. Sadly, four children died of flu in the f

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  6. Early Antibiotics Help Ear Infections in Young Children

    Jan. 12, 2011 -- Young children with ear infections recover faster and more completely if doctors give antibiotics right away rather than waiting to see if the kids get better on their own. The findings come from two clinical trials, one in the U.S. and one in Finland. For young children with middle

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  7. Echinacea Mildly Effective in Treating Colds

    Dec. 20, 2010 -- Despite its popularity as a natural remedy for treating the common cold, a new study suggests echinacea does not substantially reduce the severity or duration of the common cold. Investigators led by Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD, an associate professor of family medicine at the University

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  8. Flu Spreads Fast Among High School Students

    Dec. 14, 2010 -- Forget Facebook, it's the thousands of close encounters within real, live social networks at high schools that could prove dangerous to students' health. A new study shows that on a typical day high school students engage in thousands of social interactions that put them at risk for

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  9. Georgia Tops U.S. in Seasonal Flu Activity

    Dec. 6, 2010 -- Flu season is here, and so far Georgia is the state hit the hardest by this year’s influenza virus, according to the CDC. “Georgia is reporting high levels of influenza-like activity,” Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases,

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  10. Accidental Overdose of Cold Drugs in Kids Declines

    Nov. 22, 2010 -- The voluntary withdrawal of over-the-counter cough and cold medications that cause adverse reactions in babies has resulted in a dramatic decline in accidental overdosing and other problems requiring emergency room treatment, the CDC says in a new study. Product withdrawals occurred

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