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Outdated technology makes flu vaccine only 20 percent effective

Due to the mutation, most people receiving the egg-grown vaccine did not have immunity against H3N2 viruses that circulated previous year, leaving the vaccine with only 20 to 30 percent effectiveness. Last year, the spray's effectiveness was just 3 percent, versus 63 percent for the shot. Excuse #3: The flu vaccine will give me the flu. One important reason flu shots don't usually work very well is because they're grown in chicken eggs, a slow and tricky process that can go wrong easily, ...

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Recall alert: Kidde fire extinguishers deemed faulty

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of about 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers. Kidde says it has received a report of a death in the USA involving a auto fire and some 390 other reports of malfunctions involving extinguishers in the US that led to 16 injuries.

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Savea Starts Against All Blacks Along With 4 Saffas

World champions New Zealand rallied in the second half to beat an enterprising Barbarians side 31-22 at Twickenham. Nevertheless, it was a courageous effort from a New Zealand-dominated Barbarians outfit and the match very much resembled a good quality all-New Zealand Super Rugby match, with a sprinkling of South African brilliance.

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Not smoking gets Japanese workers an extra week of vacation

Non-smokers at a Tokyo firm have been given a breath of fresh air by their employers, in the form of six days of extra annual leave. "We don't give punishment for smoking", said Piala spokesman Hirotaka Matsushima. But curbing tobacco use in Japan will likely be hard, as it was in the U.S. Original efforts by the country's health ministry to ban indoor smoking in restaurants were scaled back after lobbyists pressured politicians.

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Six Tottenham Hotspur players called up to England squad

The Three Lions will face Germany and Brazil at Wembley Stadium with all Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Joe Gomez getting the nod in the squad . I know what Chris can do. "This is a great opportunity to see if they can fit into the senior team and they've got the chance to stay there if they do well".

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What We're Reading: Soy Health Claims; Opioid Accountability; Keeping the Weight Off

But if the soy health claim reversal does become an authorized regulation, food companies could still slap a "qualified" health claim on their products. In a statement , American Soybean Association (ASA) President and IL farmer Ron Moore, said: "In a time when heart disease is the number one cause of death both in the United States and the world, we can't afford to discourage people from taking steps to improve their diets with heart-healthy ingredients".