It's Been a Quiet Flu Season -- So Far

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_4bf57887c5.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (ATLANTA) -- There’s a reason health officials say the only thing predictable about the flu is its unpredictability. When the federal government was shut down for more than two weeks earlier this month, U.S. health officials were hampered in their efforts to monitor flu activity around the country. Well, it turns out there wasn’t much to watch out for because there haven’t been many flu outbreaks this fall.

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College Students Admit Digital Device Habits Interfere with School

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_b8df9fc7c9.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (LINCOLN, Neb.) -- A new survey of college students finds that while more than 80 percent admit their smartphones and other devices can interfere with their learning, that doesn’t deter them from playing with their digital devices an average of 11 times a day while in class. More than a fourth say their grades suffer as a result of their use of smartphones, tablets and laptops while in class.

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Five Things We Didn't Know About the Fungal Outbreak Last Year

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_82c3e9ed65.jpgJared Wickerham/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Health officials are still learning from the fungal outbreak tied to tainted steroid pain injections made at the now-shuttered New England Compounding Company. Researchers now know that most patients' immune systems didn't try to fight off the deadly fungi as it burrowed into their spinal columns -- called duras -- and wreaked havoc, according to one of two scientific journal articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine to review the outbreak.

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Main Ingredient in Benadryl Could Relieve PTSD

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_aa6de6a5c3.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Could Benadryl treat post traumatic stress disorder? It’s not as far-fetched as it seems. Geneticists at the University of Basel, Switzerland studied genomes of 2,500 healthy young volunteers to find gene traits common in people with negative memories. After whittling down the group to 40, the geneticists investigated drugs that could possibly manipulate this trait.

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What Scares Us Makes Us Stronger?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_33553c9ed0.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (PHILADELPHIA) -- Halloween is a time of year that seems to bring out our fascination for getting the wits scared out of us. While enjoying horror movies does seem strange, Saint Joseph's University assistant English professor Paul J. Patterson says it’s an enjoyment we share with many generations before us.

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