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1:49am

Tue January 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Can You Get A Flu Shot And Still Get The Flu?

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 4:06 am

Shea Catlin, a nurse practitioner, doses out flu vaccine to give a shot at a CVS Minute Clinic in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 3.
Barbara L. Salisbury The Washington Times/Landov

This year's flu season started about a month early, prompting federal health officials to warn it could be one of the worst in years. They're urging everyone to get their flu shots.

But like every flu season, there are lots of reports of people complaining that they got their shot but still got the flu. What's up with that?

Well, as Michael Jhung of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains, there are lots of possible reasons.

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10:06am

Mon January 7, 2013
Shots - Health News

Pregnancies Way Past Due Date Are On The Decline

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 6:03 am

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Ask any obstetrician, babies want to come out only when they're good and ready.

At least 39 weeks after conception is the goal. But some babies bust out early, and others take longer — sometimes much longer.

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1:00pm

Thu January 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Pap Tests For Cervical Cancer Often Are Wasted

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 9:10 am

Cells gathered during a Pap test. Those on the left are normal, and those on the right are infected with human papillomavirus.
Ed Uthman Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to testing women for cervical cancer, the nation sure could be doing a better job.

Too many women who don't need them are getting regular Pap tests. Other women who could benefit from the tests aren't getting them, often those are women without health insurance.

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1:48am

Wed January 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Mosquito Maven Takes Bites For Malaria Research

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 9:47 am

Chiara Andolina, a malaria researcher in Thailand, feeds her mosquito colony by letting the insects bite her right arm. These mosquitoes are picky and will dine only on live human blood.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

Most of us do everything possible to avoid mosquitoes. But one Italian researcher literally sacrifices her right arm to keep the lowly insects alive.

Chiara Adolina is studying a new malaria drug, and she needs the little suckers for her experiments. So she feeds them each day with her own blood.

She extends her arm into a mosquito cage to give the insects "breakfast." Several dozen mosquitoes spread across her forearm and jam their proboscises into her skin. "Can you see how fat they become?" she says. "Look at that tummy."

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7:27am

Mon December 24, 2012
Health

Hospitals Tell Workers: Get A Flu Shot Or Get Fired

The Center for Disease Control recommends that everyone over age 6 receive an annual flu vaccine. Most Colorado hospitals are requiring their employees receive the vaccination or be terminated
Carol E. Davis U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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