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    1. Flu Shots May Reduce Heart Attack Risk

      Sept. 21, 2010 -- Yearly flu shots may do more than stave off the seasonal flu -- they may also prevent heart attacks, according to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. And the earlier you get the flu shot, the greater this protection, the study shows. "If substantiated, this fin

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    2. Hand Washing Catching On in U.S.

      Sept. 14, 2010 -- Researchers who observed hand washing in restrooms in major cities say 85% of adults are washing their hands after using public facilities, a new observational study shows. The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) sent observers into res

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    3. FDA Panel Rejects Restrictions on Cough Medicine

      Sept. 14, 2010 -- An FDA advisory panel voted against placing restrictions on dextromethorphan (DXM), an active ingredient in many over-the-counter cough medications. The panel, which was convened at the request of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), was tasked with evaluating DXM's potential for abu

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    4. H1N1 Swine Flu No Worse Than Seasonal Flu

      Sept. 7, 2010 -- In adults and children over age 6 months, the H1N1 swine flu was no more severe -- and posed no greater risk of serious disease -- than recent seasonal flu bugs. The findings come from Edward A. Belongia, MD, and colleagues at Wisconsin's Marshfield Clinic, who have been tracking fl

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    5. Flu Deaths "Unpredictable"

      Aug. 26, 2010 – U.S. deaths from flu range from about 3,000 to about 50,000 per year, the CDC now calculates. The new numbers come from analysis of the last 31 flu seasons by CDC medical officer David Shay, MD, MPH and colleagues. For years, the CDC has been estimating the annual flu toll at about 3

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    6. CDC: Flu Vaccine Arriving, Get Yours ASAP

      Aug. 12, 2010 -- It may still be late summer, but this year's flu vaccine already is arriving -- and the CDC wants you to get yours right away. That "you" means "everybody." For the first time, the seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for all men, women -- including pregnant women -- and children ove

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    7. Swine Flu Pandemic Over, WHO Declares

      July 10, 2010 -- The H1N1 swine flu pandemic is over, the World Health Organization declared today. The world has now entered the "post-pandemic period" in which the H1N1 virus has begun acting like -- and circulating with -- other flu bugs. "The new H1N1 virus has largely run its course," WHO Direc

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    8. Swine Flu Pandemic Hit Children the Hardest

      July 29, 2010 -- The H1N1 flu strain that sparked the first influenza pandemic in four decades has caused the majority of flu cases so far in the 2009-2010 season, the CDC says. CDC spokesman Tom Skinner tells WebMD that the so-called swine flu bug has affected the very young more than elderly peopl

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    9. Study Links Zinc Nose Sprays, Loss of Smell

      July 19, 2010 -- Just over a year ago, the FDA warned that zinc-containing intranasal cold remedies might cause loss of sense of smell. Now a researcher who has long argued that the sprays were harmful says he has scientific evidence to back up the claim. Last summer, the FDA warned consumers to sto

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    10. Vitamin D May Cut Risk of Flu

      June 16, 2010 -- Vitamin D may reduce the incidence and severity of influenza and other infections of the upper respiratory tract, new research indicates. Simple steps such as eating foods rich with vitamin D and getting more sunshine may help to reduce your chances of contracting flu and other simi

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