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    Science Eyes New Way to Battle the Flu

    We can be our own worst enemies. For infectious diseases like the flu, Ebola and SARS, it’s not just germs that send the body into chaos, but the body’s own overzealous response — fevers, vomiting and aches. That’s why some researchers have shifted their focus away from vaccines that attack disease-causing agents, looking instead to immunomodulatory drugs that calm or redirect the immune system. These meds could take a jab at a large spectrum of viral and bacterial strains while being cheaper and more accessible than many vaccines.

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