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  1. Hand Hygiene Habits Improve

    Sept. 22, 2009 -- Americans get a B- for their hand hygiene in a new survey about hand washing. That grade is up from a C- in 2008. The new, improved grade is based on a survey of 888 U.S. adults. The survey, which was conducted by phone in August for the Soap and Detergent Association, gets into th

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  2. Kids Need 2 Swine Flu Shots

    Sept. 21, 2009 - Kids under age 10 will need two doses of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, given three weeks apart. The finding -- early results from clinical trials of the Sanofi Pasteur version of the swine flu vaccine -- is no surprise. The CDC bases its swine flu vaccination plan on the need for two

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  3. First Doses of Swine Flu Vaccine Coming Soon

    Sept. 18, 2009 - The first 3.4 million doses of swine flu vaccine -- all the nasal spray vaccine -- will ship in early October, the CDC said today. In addition, some flu shots may be ready to ship by then, too, Jay Butler, MD, chief of the CDC's H1N1 Vaccine Task Force, said at a news conference. "V

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  4. 2 Easiest Ways to Catch Swine Flu

    Sept. 18, 2009 -- What's the single most efficient way to catch H1N1 swine flu? OK, that's a no-brainer. Having a sick person cough directly into your face cannot be a good thing. That gives you more than a 50% chance of getting sick, calculate environmental health experts Mark Nicas, PhD, of the Un

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  5. Best Swine Flu Face Mask: N95 Respirator

    Editor's note: In November 2009, the researchers retracted the findings of this study.   Sept. 16, 2009 (San Francisco) -- If you're going to buy a face mask to protect yourself against H1N1 swine flu, you might want to invest in an N95 respirator mask. So suggests a new study showing that ordinary

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  6. Swine Flu Vaccines Get FDA Nod

    Sept. 15, 2009 - The FDA has approved four swine flu vaccines, which will make up 96% of the 195 million doses the U.S. has purchased. Vaccinations will start by mid-October. Some early lots of vaccine may arrive even earlier. "This vaccine will help protect individuals from serious illness and deat

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  7. Swine Flu: How Long Are You Infectious?

    Sept. 15, 2009 (San Francisco) -- Some swine flu patients are still infected with H1N1 virus that they can transmit to other people eight to 10 days after their symptoms strike, researchers say. The finding suggests that the CDC’s recommendation for people with flu-like illness to avoid others until

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  8. Nasal Spray May Kill Cold Virus

    Sept. 15, 2009 (San Francisco) -- Oxymetazoline, a compound found in many over-the-counter nasal decongestant sprays, may help kill the virus that causes the common cold, researchers report. In a new study, viral levels dropped more quickly than expected in volunteers treated with oxymetazoline nasa

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  9. IV Drug Fights Flu as Well as Tamiflu

    Sept. 14, 2009 (San Francisco) -- One IV treatment of the investigational flu drug peramivir works as well as five days of Tamiflu pills, suggests a large study that pitted one drug against the other. An injectable flu drug is badly needed because many sick people can't swallow pills and severe illn

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  10. 'Devil's Dung' Plant May Fight Swine Flu

    Sept. 11, 2009 -- A plant commonly called "devil's dung" for its foul smell may have flu-fighting properties that include H1N1 flu, new research shows. The plant, which has the scientific name of Ferula assa-foetida, grows mainly in Iran, Afghanistan, and mainland China. It's long been used in folk

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