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    1. U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Flu season continues to tighten its grip on the United States, with 35 states now experiencing widespread influenza activity, federal officials reported Friday. The flu seems to be hitting young and middle-aged adults th

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    2. First North American Death From H5N1 Bird Flu

      Jan. 9, 2014 -- The first death in North America from H5N1 bird flu has been reported in Alberta, Canada. The victim was a resident of the province who had recently traveled to Beijing, China. Health officials said there was no risk of transmission of the virus between humans, CBC News reported. The

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    3. Tamiflu Liquid Hard to Find for Now in U.S.

      Jan. 8, 2014 -- The liquid form of the flu drug Tamiflu is in short supply because of early strong demand. But the shortage is expected to be brief, lasting only through mid-January, according to its manufacturer, Genentech. Doctors typically give the liquid form of the antiviral drug, called Tamifl

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    4. H1N1 Flu Spreading in South-Central U.S.

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu season may be off to a slow start nationwide, but infection rates are spiking in the south-central United States, where five deaths have already been reported in Texas. And the predominant strain of flu

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    5. Flu Vaccine Prevented 6.6 Million Illnesses Last Season: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials would like every American aged 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine, and on Thursday they produced statistics they think should convince everyone to get vaccinated. "In the 2012-2013 flu season, vacc

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    6. Two Questions May Rule Out Strep Throat

      By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Your throat is on fire. It hurts to swallow, and you're losing your voice. Is it time to see a doctor for antibiotics? In the near future, researchers report, it may be possible to click on an app, answer two questions about you

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    7. Flu Season Off to Slow Start . . .

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23 (HealthDay News) -- The 16-day federal government shutdown earlier this month hindered the ability of U.S. health officials to monitor flu activity around the country. Turns out, there wasn't much to monitor because there haven't been many out

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    8. CDC Reports More Americans Getting Flu Shots

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Although more Americans than ever are getting their annual flu shots, U.S. health officials said Thursday that the rates could be better and urged virtually all Americans to get vaccinated for the coming flu season. "Our me

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    9. Could Discovery Lead to Universal Flu Vaccine?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- An experiment based on the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic may have helped scientists move closer to developing a universal flu vaccine, according to a new study. Researchers at Imperial College London, in England, asked 342 staff

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    10. Gene Testing Helps Sort Out Bacterial, Viral Infections

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new genetic test that distinguishes between viral and bacterial infections could help fight antibiotic resistance and quickly detect new diseases, according to a new study. The immune system responds differently when battl

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