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    1. Study: Contact Sports Boost Spread of 'Superbugs'

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College athletes in contact sports such as football and soccer are more than twice as likely as other college athletes to carry a superbug known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), new research finds. "

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    2. Study: Hospital Patients Don't Wash Hands Enough

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients don't wash their hands often, even when they use the restroom or eat meals, potentially increasing their risk of getting an infection, a new study shows. "This is important because getting patients to wa

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    3. New Clues to How Colds Can Spur Asthma Attacks

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have pinpointed a molecule that may trigger potentially life-threatening asthma attacks brought on by colds. The researchers say this finding could offer a target for new drugs to be developed to treat these a

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    4. Almost Everyone Needs a Flu Shot: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year, so U.S. health officials on Thursday urged that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for the coming flu season. "It's really unfortunate that half of Ame

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    5. Obama Administration Tackles Antibiotic Resistance

      Sept. 18, 2014 -- The Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of measures aimed at combating the threat of antibiotic resistance, which can happen when these medicines are used too often and lose their power to treat bacterial infections. Resistance is “a serious domestic and international

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    6. Single-Dose Injected Flu Treatment Shows Promise

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Sept. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new single-dose, injected drug appears safe and effective at helping ease flu symptoms, two new studies show. The studies included a total of 427 adults who were given one injection of the drug peramivir or a placebo w

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    7. Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Threat: CDC Head

      July 24, 2014 -- Tougher measures to control antibiotic resistance need to be taken in the coming years, to avoid the possibility of it becoming the "next pandemic," the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. During an event at the National Press Club, CDC Director

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    8. Doctors, Patients Rely on Antibiotics

      June 27, 2014 -- While both health care professionals and the public seem to be aware of the problem of antibiotic resistance, a new survey shows that when it comes to your personal health, it may be a different story. According to a new WebMD/Medscape survey, some 95% of health care professionals s

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    9. Flu Vaccine Spray Better Than Shots for Young Kids

      June 26, 2014 -- Spraying a flu vaccine up young children's noses is more effective than giving them a shot, a U.S. government panel ruled Wednesday. The new recommendation, voted on during a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, only applies to children aged 2 to 8, according

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    10. Report Questions Effectiveness of Flu Meds

      By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- No evidence exists to show that anti-flu medicines stockpiled by countries around the world protect people from the spread of flu or reduce related hospitalizations and complications, a new analysis contends. T

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