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Aggressive Flu Strain Arrives Early And Spreads Rapidly Through U.S.
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The flu remains very active in New Jersey

The calendar suggests flu season is halfway done, but influenza-like activity is still abundant in the Garden State.

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Mickey Mouse shaped balloons are for sale at Disneyland,
Mickey Mouse shaped balloons are for sale at Disneyland (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Measles outbreak with Disney park origins grows to 95 cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A measles outbreak whose spread originated at Disneyland has grown to 95 cases.

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World Health Organisation Calls For Regulation Of Ecigarettes
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California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in pushing back against the fast-growing device.

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Health Overhaul Open Enrollment
The HealthCare.gov website, where consumers can buy health insurance online. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

Most Americans including significant numbers of Republicans would want lawmakers to restore federal aid for buying coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court annuls some of the subsidies, according to a poll released Wednesday.

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FDA issues new requirements for defibrillator safety

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency care devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems.

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Cold medicines containing dextromethorphan are offered for sale at a retail store. According to reports, the abuse of over the counter cough medicines, many containing dextromethorphan, has risen among youths. (Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Cold medicines containing dextromethorphan are offered for sale at a retail store. According to reports, the abuse of over the counter cough medicines, many containing dextromethorphan, has risen among youths. (Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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5 common mistakes we make with over-the-counter medications

A new report examines the misuse of cold and flu medications, especially during this time of year.

Here are five of the frequent mistakes that people are making, according to an expert we interviewed.

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Accidental Acetaminophen Overdoses On The Rise
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NJ health officials warn against acetaminophen

As we approach the peak of cold and flu season in New Jersey, many people are turning to over-the-counter medications to help them feel better. Many such medications contain acetaminophen, an ingredient that helps lower fever and reduce pain, but can also cause serious liver injury when taken incorrectly.

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Americans Register For Health Care On Final Day of ACA Enrollment Drive
Americans register for health care on final day of ACA enrollment drive (Joe Readle, Getty Images)
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Obama administration on track to surpass health care goal

Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.

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E-Cigarettes
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Surgeon General: Officials in ‘desperate need of clarity’ on e-cigarettes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The U.S. surgeon general says officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide public health policies.

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Avoiding injury while shoveling

Once the snow stops falling, homeowners must set about the task of getting rid of it. Like most things, there's a right and a wrong way to do it to keep from getting hurt.

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