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11:47am

Fri January 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

CDC Says Flu Could Be Waning In Places, But Worst May Not Be Over

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 12:45 pm

Registered nurse Michelle Newbury and physician assistant Scott Fillman see patients Thursday in a tent set up for people with flu symptoms, just outside the emergency entrance at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa.
Matt Rourke AP

Federal healthy officials said Friday there are some early signs this year's flu season may be easing in some parts of the country. But they stressed it's far too early to tell whether the flu season has peaked.

The number of states reporting widespread flu activity is up to 47, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But flu activity nationally fell slightly in the CDC's most recent data. Five states reported less flu than a week earlier, according to the CDC.

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9:25am

Fri January 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Military Research On Anthrax Could Lead To A Weapon Against Gluten

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 7:06 am

Students at the University of Washington used a protein-folding program initially funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to come up with a treatment for celiac disease.
DARPA

Why would the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — the people who helped bring the world stealth fighters and GPS — fund research into man-made proteins that could make it easier for some Americans to eat pizza?

That's what we wondered when we read that the Pentagon's gee-whiz research arm provided support for work on a drug to treat celiac disease, a condition that interferes with the digestion of gluten in wheat and other foods.

So we asked.

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8:43am

Fri January 11, 2013
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Merck Halts Sale Of Niacin Drug In 40 Countries

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 9:29 am

Tredaptive, a booster of good cholesterol, is dead.
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Drugmaker Merck just stuck a fork in a vitamin-based drug to prevent heart disease and stroke.

The company is withdrawing Tredaptive, a long-acting pill combining niacin (No. 3 in the long list of B vitamins) and laropiprant, a chemical that reduces the unpleasant skin flushing caused by high doses of niacin.

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6:38am

Fri January 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Feeling Miserable? You're Not Alone, And The Flu Epidemic Has Yet To Peak

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 9:50 am

Reaching for relief: A customer at a pharmacy in New York City was grabbing some medicine on Thursday.
Andrew Kelly Reuters /Landov

If you haven't caught the flu yet or don't know someone who has, you might want to buy a lottery ticket today. You're one lucky person.

As The Associated Press writes, "from the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms." More than 40 states report "widespread" outbreaks. The flu's been blamed for the deaths of at least 20 children, the AP adds.

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2:20pm

Thu January 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Speaking More Than One Language Could Prevent Alzheimer's

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 7:07 am

Scientists have found that bilingual seniors are better at skills that can fade with age than their monolingual peers.
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Not so long ago bilingualism was thought to be bad for your brain. But it looks more and more like speaking more than one language could help save you from Alzheimer's disease.

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