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  1. Beware Fake Swine Flu Drugs, FDA Warns

    Oct. 15, 2009 - Beware fake "Tamiflu" sold over the Internet, the FDA warns. The FDA recently bought five different products advertised online as "Tamiflu" or as treatments for the 2009 H1N1 swine flu. Some of the pills contained only talc and acetaminophen. Some had various amounts of oseltamivir,

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  2. Swine Flu Cases Rise; CDC Urges Vaccination

    Oct. 9, 2009 -- As the number of H1N1 swine flu cases continues to rise in the U.S., officials from the CDC urge the public to consider getting vaccinated against both swine flu and seasonal flu. ''Unfortunately we are seeing more illness, more hospitalizations, and more deaths," said Anne Schuchat,

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  3. Swine Flu May Stress ICUs This Winter

    Oct. 8, 2009 - Data from Australia and New Zealand's winter flu season suggest H1N1 swine flu will stress U.S. intensive care units in hard-hit areas. Down Under hospitals are well equipped. Yet many had to struggle to keep up with severely ill swine flu patients, who have to be isolated from other

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  4. Air Quality Up, Ear Infections Down

    Oct. 7, 2009 -- Cleaner air resulting from federal pollution laws may have significantly reduced the prevalence of ear infections in children, a new study shows. The study, presented at the 2009 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation in San Diego, analyzed U.S. data on 1

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  5. Seasonal Flu Shot Some Help vs. Swine Flu?

    Oct. 6, 2009 - A small study of Mexican H1N1 swine flu patients suggests that seasonal flu shots might offer some protection against the new flu. But CDC data show no hint of such protection. The study, which looked at patients of a small respiratory disease hospital in Mexico City, showed that thos

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  6. 28 Pregnant Women Dead From H1N1 Swine Flu in U.S.

    Oct. 1, 2009 -- H1N1 swine flu has killed 28 pregnant women in the U.S., raising the level of concern among obstetricians and CDC investigators. The 28 women who died were among about 100 pregnant women who required intensive care because of severe H1N1 swine flu disease. "Doctors around the country

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  7. Only 1/3 in U.S. Plan to Get Swine Flu Vaccine

    Sept. 30, 2009 -- Only a third of Americans plan to get the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, a Consumer Reports poll shows. One reason might be that 57% of adults with conditions that put them at risk of severe flu complications aren't aware of their risk of severe swine flu. Nearly a third of those polled s

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  8. Bacteria Have Role in Swine Flu Deaths

    Sept. 30, 2009 - Bacterial infections play a major role in H1N1 swine flu deaths, the CDC warns. The swine flu bug can cause fatal pneumonia all by itself. But in a large number of cases it gets help from other deadly germs that take advantage of a weakened immune system and cause pneumonia. A CDC i

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  9. Tamiflu for Kids: Confusing Dosage Can Harm

    Sept. 25, 2009 -- Confusing Tamiflu Oral Suspension prescriptions can lead to dangerous over- or under-dosing of the flu drug, Roche and the FDA warn. It's confusing even to medical professionals, find Kara Jacobson, MPH, and her husband, a doctor. Jacobson's 6-year-old daughter came down with swine

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  10. U.S. Swine Flu Vaccinations Start Oct. 6

    Sept. 25, 2009 - Vaccinations against H1N1 swine flu will start on Oct. 6, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, said today. Nearly all of the first 6 million doses of swine flu vaccine are the FluMist nasal spray vaccine. By mid-October, the government plans to deliver some 45 million doses -- incl

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