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  1. FDA OKs Flu Shot With Smaller Needle

    May 12, 2011 -- The FDA has approved the first flu shot to be injected with a tiny needle into a skin layer called the dermis rather than into muscle. The new needle is expected to be available for adults for the 2011-2012 flu season. The French drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur says the company’s Fluzone In

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  2. FDA: Hand Sanitizers Make False Claims

    April 21, 2011 – Hand sanitizers protect us from germs, don't they? A new FDA initiative has consumers confused. The FDA yesterday warned consumers not to buy hand sanitizers "that claim to prevent infection from MRSA, E. coli, salmonella, flu, or other bacteria or viruses." But isn't that why we us

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  3. FDA Pulls 500 Cold Medicines From the Market

    March 2, 2011 -- The FDA today announced steps to remove more than 500 prescription cold, cough, and allergy products from the market because of potential safety concerns.   The FDA asked companies to stop manufacturing the 500 products within 90 days and stop shipping them within 180 days. Some man

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  4. Flu Cases on the Rise in U.S.

    Feb. 17, 2011 -- Flu activity was relatively low in most of the U.S. from October through early December, but it has increased and is now widespread in most states, the CDC says. The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for Feb. 18 says the flu is now present now in all 50 states and the Dist

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  5. Zinc May Prevent and Shorten Colds

    Feb. 15, 2011 -- Taking zinc, either as a syrup or lozenge, through the first few days of a cold may shorten the misery of an upper respiratory infection, a new research review shows. The review also found that zinc cut the number of days that kids missed school because of being sick and reduced the

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  6. Most People With Flu Don’t Stay Home

    Jan. 25, 2011 -- Staying home when you have the flu helps reduce the risk of others catching the disease, yet a recent survey finds that 66% of Americans go about their daily activities even after flu symptoms set in. The same survey, however, revealed a double standard: 59% said they feel annoyed w

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  7. Catch a Bus, Catch a Cold

    Jan. 20, 2011 -- People who have recently ridden a bus are six times more likely than those who don’t use public transportation to find their next stop is the doctor’s office, researchers say. The risk in question, they say, is of developing an acute respiratory infection (ARI).  Experts at the Univ

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  8. Flu Is Widespread in 11 States

    Jan. 14, 2011 - Don't put off your flu shot any longer: The winter flu season has arrived. While only four states have high levels of flu activity, the seasonal illness is widespread across 11 states. And there's evidence of outbreaks in several U.S. cities. Sadly, four children died of flu in the f

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  9. Early Antibiotics Help Ear Infections in Young Children

    Jan. 12, 2011 -- Young children with ear infections recover faster and more completely if doctors give antibiotics right away rather than waiting to see if the kids get better on their own. The findings come from two clinical trials, one in the U.S. and one in Finland. For young children with middle

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  10. Echinacea Mildly Effective in Treating Colds

    Dec. 20, 2010 -- Despite its popularity as a natural remedy for treating the common cold, a new study suggests echinacea does not substantially reduce the severity or duration of the common cold. Investigators led by Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD, an associate professor of family medicine at the University

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