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  1. Epilepsy Drug Gabapentin Calms Chronic Cough

    Aug. 27, 2012 -- A drug used to treat epilepsy and chronic pain after shingles also appears to be effective for another persistent condition: chronic cough. About 1 in 10 people suffers from chronic cough, and for many the cause is unknown. Chronic cough is a cough that lasts for longer than eight w

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  2. New Swine Flu Outbreak: Case Count Rising

    Aug. 9, 2012 -- The case count in the ongoing outbreak of new swine flu has jumped from 12 cases last week to at least 145 cases, the CDC announced today. Even while the CDC was making the announcement, Indiana health officials reported seven new cases. That brings the total to 152 cases -- and coun

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  3. YouTube for Do-It-Yourself Vertigo Treatment?

    July 23, 2012 -- Watching self-help videos on the popular Internet site YouTube may help some people with vertigo treat themselves. A new study found 33 videos showing the Epley maneuver. This maneuver is often used by health care providers to help people with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, o

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  4. Zinc May Slightly Help Adults With Colds, Not Kids

    May 7, 2012 -- Adults who take zinc supplements at the first sign of a cold may shave almost two days off of their sniffling, sneezing, and coughing, a new review study suggests. That said, the supplements didn't lessen the severity of these symptoms in adults, and had no effects on children, who ca

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  5. Flu Risk Higher for Workers in Certain Industries

    March 22, 2012 -- Although having a job offers some protection against the flu, a new report from the CDC shows that workers in some industries appear more flu-prone than workers in other industries. “[T]his information is needed for recognizing and responding to increased risks for infection among

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  6. It's Flu Season, CDC Says

    Feb. 24, 2012 -- Flu season is officially under way, the CDC says. It's the latest start in 24 years, Joseph Bresee, MD, chief of epidemiology and prevention at the CDC's flu branch, said at a news teleconference. The CDC declares a flu season when for three weeks in a row at least 10% of people see

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  7. Where's the Flu? Get Ready

    Dec. 29, 2011 -- Where is this flu season we keep hearing about? Brace yourself. Although it's seemed pretty quiet so far, flu season may already have arrived. Although official CDC data show little flu activity throughout the U.S., it takes about two weeks to compile that data. More timely data fro

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  8. Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Tied to Flu Survival

    Dec. 14, 2011 -- Each year, thousands of Americans die from the flu. Now, a new study suggests that certain drugs that lower cholesterol may also reduce the flu’s severity and may prevent flu deaths. But don’t trade a prescription for statin pills for a flu shot or other protections just yet. Resear

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  9. Flu Season Mild So Far, Says CDC

    Dec. 8, 2011 -- The U.S. flu season is mild so far, according to the CDC. That is typical for this early in the season. Influenza activity was low in October and November, according to the latest CDC statistics. They are published in the Dec. 9 issue of the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Re

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  10. More People Getting Flu Shots This Year

    Dec. 5, 2011 (Atlanta)  -- New CDC numbers show that 36% of adults have already gotten flu shots as of early November -- months before the illness normally sweeps the nation. That means roughly 111 million adults have received flu shots or the spray flu vaccine so far, the CDC’s Anne Schuchat, MD, d

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