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7 Kinds of Coughs and What They Might Mean

Allergies? A cold? Acid reflux? No matter what the cause, there’s a simple reason behind all your hacking: “A cough is a protective mechanism to clear your airway,” explains Jonathan Parsons, MD, Director of the Cough Clinic at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. While it’s impossible to always pinpoint …

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Two Vaccines Every Pregnant Woman Should Get

When you’re pregnant, you pay extra-close attention to nearly everything you put into your body, from a tuna fish sandwich to everyday pain medication. So you might also feel extra nervous about getting a flu shot or other vaccines. But some vaccines are actually crucial during pregnancy: “Being immunized not only protects the health of a pregnant …

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Zika Vaccine Probably Won't Be Ready for 'Years', Officials Say

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Efforts to create a Zika vaccine are getting a leg up from lessons learned during earlier battles against other mosquito-borne viruses, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Researchers are working on two potential vaccines, each based on earlier vaccines created …

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Flu Vaccine Doesn't Protect Seniors From Pneumonia

THURSDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) — Flu vaccine may not protect older people from pneumonia once they get the disease, researchers report. Older, frail adults are more susceptible to getting the flu, even if they have been vaccinated, and once getting the flu, they are more susceptible to such complications …

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Holiday Health Myths: Sugar, Suicides, and Cold

By Amanda MacMillanWEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2008 (Health.com) — The holiday season is a great time for family, friends, and well, old wives’ tales: Who hasn’t been told to wear a hat because you lose the most heat from your head? Or to keep kids away from poisonous poinsettias? There are …

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Study: Can More Sleep Help Fight Off Colds?

Istockphoto By Theresa TamkinsMONDAY, Jan. 12, 2009 (Health.com) — Are you getting enough sleep? If not, it could be hurting your health. A new study suggests that people who lose just a bit of sleep, or those who have poor quality sleep, are more likely to get sick after being …

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