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    1. Antibiotic Overuse May Be Bad for Body's Good Bacteria

      Aug. 24, 2011 -- Antibiotic overuse doesn’t just lead to drug-resistant superbugs, it may also permanently wipe out the body’s good bacteria. Good bacteria in the gut help people in many ways, including helping make vitamins and boosting immunity. Some researchers think that killing them off with an

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    2. Many Health Care Workers Don't Get Flu Vaccines

      Aug. 18, 2011 -- A new report from the CDC suggests that not enough health care workers are being vaccinated against the flu. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC says that only 63.5% of 1,931 health care workers who took part in a survey in April 2011 said they had received flu vac

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    3. Little Risk of Guillain-Barré With H1N1 Flu Vaccine

      July 15, 2011 -- A new study affirms that the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine, developed to counter the flu pandemic, does not substantially put people at increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Guillain-Barré syndrome is a disorder in which a person's immune system damages nerves, causing weakness and in

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    4. Flu Vaccine Rates Are High for 2 Seasons in a Row

      June 9, 2011 -- Flu vaccination rates remained high during the 2010-2011 flu season, according to data in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The 2010-2011 flu season marked the first time that the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended flu shots for everyone age

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    5. Swimmer's Ear Costs U.S. Half a Billion Yearly

      May 19, 2011 -- Swimmers often regard inflammation of the external ear canal, known as swimmer's ear, as an inevitable, minor nuisance. But a new study finds that the problem adds substantially to health care costs and the number of annual doctor visits. "For swimmer's ear, there are 2.4 million hea

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    6. FDA OKs Flu Shot With Smaller Needle

      May 12, 2011 -- The FDA has approved the first flu shot to be injected with a tiny needle into a skin layer called the dermis rather than into muscle. The new needle is expected to be available for adults for the 2011-2012 flu season. The French drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur says the company’s Fluzone In

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    7. FDA: Hand Sanitizers Make False Claims

      April 21, 2011 – Hand sanitizers protect us from germs, don't they? A new FDA initiative has consumers confused. The FDA yesterday warned consumers not to buy hand sanitizers "that claim to prevent infection from MRSA, E. coli, salmonella, flu, or other bacteria or viruses." But isn't that why we us

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    8. FDA Pulls 500 Cold Medicines From the Market

      March 2, 2011 -- The FDA today announced steps to remove more than 500 prescription cold, cough, and allergy products from the market because of potential safety concerns. The FDA asked companies to stop manufacturing the 500 products within 90 days and stop shipping them within 180 days. Some manuf

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    9. 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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    10. 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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