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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Swine Flu Shot Gives Fast Protection

    Sept. 11, 2009 - You'll be protected from swine flu eight to 10 days after getting a single shot of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine -- at least if you're a healthy adult, U.S. studies show. Results of studies in children, who may still need two doses of the swine flu vaccine, won't be available for two w

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  7. '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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  8. 1 Swine Flu Shot Enough?

    Sept. 10, 2009 - Adults are immune to swine flu after just one shot of vaccine, early test results suggest. It's a surprise finding. Most experts expected that two shots of the vaccine -- given three weeks apart -- would be needed. Now vaccine supplies may go twice as far, and may start working twic

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  9. Give Kids First Shot at Swine Flu Vaccine?

    Sept. 10, 2009 -- An all-out vaccination program that would target children first could mitigate the impact of an H1N1 swine flu pandemic this fall, new research indicates. Such a concerted vaccination effort could lead to coverage of 70% of the U.S. population, say researchers at the Fred Hutchinso

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  10. Businesses Fret Effects of Swine Flu

    Sept. 9, 2009 -- A new survey shows that most U.S. businesses are concerned that swine flu will have a negative effect on business if cases are widespread and severe this fall and winter. The survey, conducted in July and August by the Harvard Opinion Research Program at the Harvard School of Public

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