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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. CDC: Flu Hitting Harder This Year

    Jan. 11, 2013 -- Flu is hitting the nation harder than it did at this time last year, but it could be peaking in some parts of the country, the CDC said today. CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, said Americans who haven't yet been vaccinated against the flu should do so. "Better late than never,"

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  5. Flu Stretches Hospitals, Drug Supplies Nationwide

    Jan. 10, 2013 -- The early flu season has turned severe in some parts of the country, stretching health care providers and drug supplies. According to the latest numbers from the CDC, there’s now widespread flu activity in 41 states. New York City and 29 states are reporting a high number of cases o

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  6. FDA Approves Tamiflu for Infants

    Dec. 21, 2012 -- Children as young as 2 weeks old may now be treated for the flu with Tamiflu. The FDA expanded its approval today for Tamiflu to include infants under age 1 who have had symptoms of the flu, such as stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, fever, and body aches, for no longer than two days.

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  7. CDC: Flu Season Hits Early and Could Be a Bad Year

    Dec. 3, 2012 -- The U.S. flu season is here -- the earliest start since the "moderately severe" season of 2003. Just as in 2003, the nasty H3N2 flu bug is causing most cases so far. "This could be a bad flu year," warned CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH. "Because of that, we are particularly enc

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  8. Does Tamiflu Work? Questions Continue

    Nov. 14, 2012 -- Does the blockbuster flu drug Tamiflu really work? Nobody knows for sure, claims the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration, a group that issues careful analyses of the evidence behind drugs and vaccines. Cochrane researchers say there's not enough evidence to prove Tamiflu works. The C

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  9. Flu Vaccines May Protect the Heart Too

    Oct. 28, 2012 -- Flu vaccines may do more than guard against infection. New research hints that the vaccine, which is recommended for all adults, may also help the heart. Two new studies presented at the 2012 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress suggest that heart patients who get flu vaccines have lowe

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  10. Strike Vitamin D Off the List for Cold Prevention?

    Oct. 2, 2012 -- Looks like we may have to cross out another supposed way to prevent the common cold. A new study shows that people who took large doses of vitamin D were as likely to catch colds, and suffer with them as long, as those who took placebo pills. There were reasons to think otherwise. Va

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