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  1. Flu Vaccine Fell Short for Seniors This Season

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The flu vaccine has fallen markedly short of expectations for older Americans this winter, offering this vulnerable population protection against the most virulent strain of flu virus just 9 percent of the time, U.S. health

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  2. Hand Sanitizers: Do They Help Stop All Germs?

    Feb. 8, 2013 -- With winter cold and flu season in full swing -- and a new strain of norovirus circulating -- everyone's trying to dodge the bugs. Norovirus causes intestinal illness, and it's often the root of outbreaks at schools and in nursing homes. The question is: How best to avoid infection?

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  3. Flu Shot May Not Work as Well for Seniors

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors seem to get a weaker boost to their immune system following a flu shot than young people do, a small study shows. Experts say the findings essentially confirm what's been believed: The flu shot just doesn't work as well f

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  4. Health Highlights: Feb.1, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Lawsuit Claims Zoloft Not Effective  A lawsuit claiming that the antidepressant Zoloft is ineffective is being described as frivolous by drug maker Pfizer Inc. and psychiatric experts. Plaintiff L

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  5. Study: People Emit Flu Germs Up to 6 Feet Away

    THURSDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from the flu can give off small virus particles into the air at greater distances than previously thought, putting the health care workers who treat these patients at increased risk for getting the virus themselves, researchers report. The inves

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  6. Flu Still Flexing Its Muscle in Western States

    Feb. 1, 2013 -- The flu continues to wane on a nationwide basis, but don't tell that to residents of the western United States. Of the 24 states reporting high levels of flu-like illness, 19 were west of the Mississippi River for the week ending Jan. 26, according to the latest "Flu View" report fro

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  7. Health Highlights: Jan. 29, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: FDA Issues Warning on Unapproved Flu Product A Florida company has been sent a warning letter about marketing an untested inhaled formula as a flu remedy, federal officials say. Flu and Cold Defen

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  8. Flu Continues to Wane, but Deaths Still Epidemic

    Jan. 25, 2012 -- Flu activity continues to fall in the U.S. even as the death toll, which lags behind the infection rate, continues to rise, according to the CDC. Through the third week of 2013 ending on Jan. 19, the percentage of deaths attributed to flu and pneumonia in 122 cities rose to 9.8% fro

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  9. Flu Epidemic Moving West

    Jan. 18, 2013 -- This flu season is shaping up to be worse than average, and particularly so for seniors, who represent roughly half of the hospitalizations and 90% of the deaths so far, the CDC said today. According to the CDC, the flu turned more brutal during the second week of 2013, which ended

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  10. Coughs Can Last About 2 Weeks

    Jan.  14, 2013 -- Just how long should that pesky cough last? The answer, according to most doctors, is close to 18 days. Yet many people with a cough get antsy after about five to nine days, a new study shows. “Coughs last for longer than we think they do,” says researcher Mark H. Ebell, MD, a fami

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