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Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective

Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective
Medical student Chelsea Spriggs receives a flu vaccination in Chicago.
As predicted, this year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, primarily because it doesn't include the bug that is making most people sick, according to a government study released Thursday.

Unique strategies to help you kick the habit

Unique strategies to help you kick the habit
FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2007 file photo, discarded cigarette cartons lie on the floor as people gather at a one hour " Stop Smoking" promotion in a bar in central London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Dr. Linda Petter shares with us some interesting strategies you might not have thought about.

Natural Ways to keep the flu at bay

Natural Ways to keep the flu at bay

Doctors and health experts regularly remind us of the importance of getting your flu shot.

But for those who don't, there are natural ways to help stave off the nasty bug.

CDC: Flu season continues to worsen, could peak this month

CDC: Flu season continues to worsen, could peak this month
Sue Carroll, head of the microbiology section in the laboratory at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, tests for the presence of flu virus in patients' fluid samples.
The flu is rampant in most of the country, and health officials say the season could peak soon.

Experts: It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control

Experts: It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control
In this Oct. 28, 2006, file photo, a mock patient is wheeled in an isolation pod during a drill at the Nebraska biocontainment unit in the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.
Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of the year. Nevertheless, this was a black-eye year for public health.

Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

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Lack of sunlight leads to the deficiency of an important vitamin in our bodies.

The Sugar Plum Fairy can make things tough on diabetics this time of year!

The Sugar Plum Fairy can make things tough on diabetics this time of year!
Each year, the Sheraton Seattle Hotel lobby is transformed into a grandiose winter wonderland with the annual Gingerbread Village, which benefits the Northwest Chapter of the JDRF. The holiday tradition draws more than 100,000 visitors annually and is free to the public, although donations to the Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are accepted and appreciated. In the past 20 years, the Gingerbread Village has raised more than $669,000 for the JDRF. (Image: Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

This is a rough time of year for anyone trying to watch their diet.

But for diabetics, it can be especially challenging.

Looking for health apps? Do your homework

Looking for health apps? Do your homework

When it comes to your health, there's an app for that...but be cautious with which app you choose!

Snack Attack!

Snack Attack!

We all need a bit of help, especially this time of year, avoiding the dreaded snack attack

Hershey explores removal of corn syrup

Hershey explores removal of corn syrup
FILE - This July 25, 2011 file photo shows a classic Hershey's chocolate bar, which is made with sugar, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar.