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Many Flu Infections Aren't Good Match for Vaccine: CDC
But health officials still urge people to get inoculated because the shot should offer some protection

Most States Not Ready to Handle Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Report
Ebola, mumps, other illnesses suggest public health systems need strengthening, researchers say

Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk
Inability to stand on one foot for 20-plus seconds could suggest brain vessel damage, study contends

Arriving Now at Gate 42: Measles
CDC report of transmission in U.S. air terminal shows how easily the virus can spread

Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds
But medications such as ibuprofen pose their own risks, experts say

Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk
Expert notes, however, that potential threat is small

Scratch From Pet Rat Kills Child; CDC Warns of Risk
'Rat-bite fever' also sickened 16 others in 2000-2012 in San Diego County alone, report noted

Severe Hot Flashes During Menopause May Raise Hip Fracture Risk Later: Study
Researchers suspect that more marked hormonal changes may explain possible connection

Being Fit Keeps Blood Pressure in Check
Those in poorest shape were more likely to have high blood pressure, study found

Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction
Memory of correct way to use inhalers, epinephrine pens faded over time, researchers report

Global Life Expectancy Continues to Climb
Women have slightly greater gains than men, study finds

Frail Elderly Might Benefit From High-Dose Flu Shot
Ramped-up vaccine elicits greater immune response, study finds

'Homing Signal' in Brain Helps Humans Navigate, Research Shows
Finding may explain why some people are less likely to get lost than others

Sensitive Parenting May Boost Kids' Social Skills, School Performance
Researchers found the positive effect lingered into adulthood

Xtoro Approved for Swimmer's Ear
Infection's symptoms include pain, swelling and redness

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