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It's time to step up that research into the H1N1 virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that "an estimated 22 million Americans have been sickened with swine flu since April and 3,900 have died," according to this article in the Wall Street Journal. "The sharply higher numbers of illnesses and deaths are the result of the CDC trying to better quantify the new H1N1 flu's impact, authorities said, and do not mean the disease has become more virulent."

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