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    Flu shot may not be enough protection this season

    by Jessica Firger / CBS News on Dec 04, 13:42

    “Get your flu shot.” It’s the most common health advice this time of year. Physicians and public health officials constantly stress the importance ofprotecting yourself from the seasonal flu, an illness that kills thousands of Americans every year. But now the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year’s vaccine may not offer […]

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    The race to find a vaccine or treatment to stop Ebola

    by Jessica Firger / CBS News on Aug 04, 15:38

    As the Ebola virus outbreak continues to rage in West Africa, the pressure is on to fast-track drug research that could potentially stop or slow its spread. Last week, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health, announced plans to expedite research on a vaccine against Ebola […]

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    Possible listeria contamination spurs recall of summer fruits

    by Jessica Firger / CBS News on Jul 22, 10:37

    A produce packing company in Cutler, Calif., has issued a voluntary recall of a variety of summer produce which may be contaminated with harmful listeria bacteria. Wawona Packing Company recalled orders of both organic and conventionally sold whole peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots on Saturday. The company distributes their products to Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale […]

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    Deadly germs can live in aircraft cabins for a week

    by Jessica Firger / CBS News on May 20, 13:10

    Some of the most harmful and resilient bacteria on airplanes aren’t necessarily the ones from the sneezing old lady sitting next to you. They’re the germs that live on the upholstery of the chair, the tray table where the flight attendant places your lunch and on the metal buttons you press to move your seat […]

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    Thousands of dogs, and 3 people, sickened by jerky pet treats, FDA says

    by Jessica Firger / CBS News on May 19, 14:37

    Rewarding your favorite canine with a tasty treat may pose health risks. The Food and Drug Administration released updated information on Friday about an ongoing investigation into illnesses and deaths caused by jerky pet treats imported from China. As of May 1, 2014 the regulatory agency has received more than 4,800 reports of illness affecting […]

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    Alcohol responsible for 1 death every 10 seconds

    by Jessica Firger / CBS News on May 12, 12:16

    Approximately 3.3 million deaths worldwide in 2012 were the result of alcohol consumption, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. Additionally, 16 percent of people in the world who use alcohol could be categorized as binge drinkers. The new report, which examined the trends in alcohol use among 194 WHO member states, found Europe topped […]

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    CDC warns of common parasites plaguing millions in U.S.

    by Jessica Firger / CBS News on May 08, 17:25

    For many people, parasites are the stuff of nightmares. These organisms take up residence in their human hosts and feed on the nutrients of the person, causing both minor ailments as well as serious and sometimes life-threatening illness. Many people think parasites may be acquired only in developing and third-world countries or as a parting […]

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    Pesticides aplenty in your fruits and veggies: 2014 “Dirty Dozen”

    by Jessica Firger / CBS News on Apr 29, 17:54

    The Environmental Working Group, a watchdog organization in Washington, D.C., has just released their annual report to help consumers make more informed choices in the produce aisle. Their lists — known as the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” — analyze data on pesticide levels of 48 commonly sold fruits and vegetables. The list is guaranteed […]