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    1. Flu Season Bad and May Get Worse

      Jan. 9, 2015 -- This year's flu season is still bad, and it’s too soon to say whether it has peaked, officials from the CDC warned Friday. "This flu season is shaping up to be a severe one, especially for older people, young children, and those with underlying conditions," said CDC director Tom Frie

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    2. Why Are Colds More Likely in Winter?

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Though it's never been scientifically confirmed, conventional wisdom has it that winter is the season of sniffles. Now, new animal research seems to back up that idea. It suggests that as internal body temperatures fall after

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    3. Binge Drinking May Weaken Immune System

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who engage in just one bout of binge drinking may experience a relatively quick and significant drop in their immune system function, a new small study indicates. It's well-known that drinking ups injury risk, and

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    4. Flu: Bad Season Getting Worse

      Jan. 5, 2015 -- The flu is increasing in intensity and spreading throughout much of the country, the CDC said in its weekly flu update. And it will get worse before it gets better. “Flu activity is expected to continue in the coming weeks, with increases occurring especially in those states that hav

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    5. FDA Shares Advice to Avoid Colds and Flu

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Viral infections can happen at any time, but they're more common during winter when people spend more time in close contact with others indoors. Although most respiratory viruses clear up within a few days, some can

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    6. Flu Season in Full Swing: CDC

      Editor's note: This story was updated on Dec. 30 with a CDC update. Dec. 17, 2014 -- Flu season is in full force, according to the CDC, which is reporting widespread disease activity in 36 states for the week ending Dec. 20. That’s up from just 14 states in the previous week’s flu report. There were

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    7. Many Americans Still Haven't Gotten a Flu Shot

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than half of Americans have gotten a flu shot so far this flu season, which might be a bad sign for a season that could be potentially severe, infectious-disease experts said Thursday. Worse, some people are thin

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    8. This Year’s Flu Vaccine Less Effective Than Hoped

      Dec. 4, 2014 -- Flu season is well underway, and the CDC says the flu shot may not be offering as much protection as experts had hoped. “So far this season, influenza A -- H3N2 viruses -- have been detected most frequently, and in almost all states,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, in a t

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    9. Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that's likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says. "We are starting to see a little more fl

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    10. Could Flu Raise Risk of Fatal Artery Tear?

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Influenza is a nasty virus in its own right. But, it might also increase a person's risk of suffering a life-threatening tear in the body's most important artery, a new study suggests. During flu season, an increased num

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