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Treating the Common Cold

Over-the-counter cold medications: Do any of them really work?

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MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- No parent wants to see their child catch a cold, but some take prevention measures that have little basis in science, a new survey shows.

For example, 51 percent of parents said they give their child an over-the-counter vitamin or supplement to prevent colds, even though there's no evidence they work.

Seventy-one percent of parents s...

FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- Flu has so far infected more than 6 million Americans this season, and winter colds are making their rounds. If you've been hit by either, you may be thinking about heading to your local pharmacy to relieve your aches, pains and congestion.

But before you do, you need to consider how some over-the-counter cold medicines may impact...

THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 25 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the United States are given for conditions they aren't meant to treat, a new study finds.

Antibiotics are miracle drugs that can cure deadly bacterial infections. But too often they are given to treat viral infections, such as colds and flu, for which they are ineffective.

And the ov...

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- How highly you rate your health could predict how likely you are to catch a cold -- and, even more important, how healthy you'll be in later years.

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh asked 360 healthy adults to rate their health as excellent, very good, good, fair or poor -- and then exposed them to a virus that causes the ...

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many people rely on chicken noodle soup to soothe a cold, but few know exactly why the warm broth brings relief.

But one dietitian can explain its magic.

"Studies have shown that a hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup may help clear nasal congestion and ease cold symptoms," said Sandy Allonen, a clinical dietitian at Beth Israel Dea...

TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When a baby starts sniffling and sneezing, the type of bacteria in their nose may predict how long the cold will last, a new study finds.

Babies with a wide variety of bacteria in the nose recover faster from their first cold than those with less variety, the researchers said.

"It's well known that different types of bacteria live i...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New Jersey health officials on Wednesday confirmed the deaths of seven children following infection with an adenovirus -- a member of the same viral family that causes the common cold.

Eleven other children are infected, and all cases occurred at the same health care facility, the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, ac...

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- School is in full swing, and with it comes a plethora of colds passed back and forth among kids.

But parents who want to alleviate a sick child's misery would do best to avoid over-the-counter cough and cold remedies.

Decongestants should not be given to children younger than 6 because there's no evidence that they do any good, acc...

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Every now and then you might not feel well enough to exercise and decide to skip a workout. But if you have a cold that could last a full week, you probably won't want to find yourself facing a fitness setback once you've recovered.

Here's how to stay in the game.

The general guideline is that you should be able to work out if your sy...

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For people suffering from a cold, the severity of their symptoms may be linked to the mix of bacteria that inhabit their nose.

New research suggests the amount and type of organisms residing in the nose might explain why some people's symptoms are worse than others -- even if they are infected with the same strain of virus.

For the st...

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- British researchers have developed a molecule they claim could make colds a thing of the past.

In lab tests, this molecule blocked viruses that cause colds and prevented them from taking control of human cells.

"The common cold is an inconvenience for most of us, but can cause serious complications in people with conditions like asth...

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you suffer from allergies, you already know that pollen is in the air -- even in the parts of the United States with unseasonably cool temperatures. So what kind of allergy season can we expect this year?

Will we see a return of the pollen vortex? Might we have a blooming bombogenesis of pollen?

Don't scoff: There is some evi...

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you worry about catching a nasty infection when you fly, a new study suggests your risk boils down to exactly how close you are to that sick passenger.

A row in front, a row in back, a couple of seats to the side, and your chances of getting sick jump, researchers report.

"Passengers should not, however, worry about getting sick ...

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A brutal flu season has had people reaching for relief in their medicine cabinet, but a new study warns that overdosing on acetaminophen (Tylenol) is more common when bugs and viruses are circulating.

It turns out that the odds of taking more than the recommended 4 grams a day jumps 24 percent during these months, said lead researcher Saul Sh...

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If traveling is in your near future, there are a number of things you can do to keep from getting sick and spoiling your trip.

"We are having a bad cold and flu season, so it is really important to remember to practice good general health hygiene so as to not get sick or spread germs," Dr. Irvin Sulapas said in a news release from the Baylor...

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With a severe flu season now widespread across 46 states, do symptoms you or a loved one have point to the dreaded illness?

Amid the sniffles, coughing and fever, "it's sometimes difficult to determine whether you have the common cold or the flu," said Dr. Boris Khodorkovsky. He's associate chair of emergency medicine at Staten Island Universi...

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Trying to put a dent in the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday slapped strict new restrictions on the use of opioid-containing cold and cough products by kids.

These prescription medicines involve any that include codeine or oxycodone, the FDA said.

"After safety labeling changes are...

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Five healthy chimpanzees in Uganda that died following a mysterious respiratory disease outbreak in 2013 were actually killed by a common human cold virus, scientists now say.

The deaths in the small chimpanzee community followed an "explosive outbreak of severe coughing and sneezing," according to study author Dr. Tony Goldberg, a profess...

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When one child gets sick, you might brace yourself for everyone getting sick. But it's possible to keep healthy family members from falling ill, too.

When taking care of a sick child, handwashing is more important than ever. All healthy family members should wash frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Do this after...

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who develop respiratory infections like colds or sinusitis may have a higher risk of asthma and reduced lung function later in life, a new study says.

Researchers examined data from nearly 155,000 children in Europe. They were followed from birth through ages 4 to 15 years.

Those who had an upper respiratory infection -- such ...

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- White children are about twice as likely as black or Hispanic kids to get unneeded antibiotics when treated in U.S. emergency rooms for viral respiratory infections, a new study finds.

For years, scientists have warned that unnecessary use of antibiotics is making germs stronger and more resistant to medications. ...

SATURDAY, Aug. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It can be tough for people with diabetes to choose appropriate over-the-counter medicines for a cold, cough or headache, a pharmacist explains.

Many of these so-called OTC drugs contain carbohydrates (including sugar) that can affect blood sugar levels, or ingredients that can interact with diabetes medications, ac...

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to vitamin supplements, more is not always better, according to a new study that found even high doses of vitamin D don't protect children from colds in the winter.

"We may have just busted a myth," said study leader Dr. Jonathon Maguire.

"Our findings do not support the routine use of high-dose vitamin D supplementati...

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An unfriendly divorce can raise a child's risk of colds in adulthood, a new study suggests.

"Early life stressful experiences do something to our physiology and inflammatory processes that increase risk for poorer health and chronic illness," explained researcher Michael Murphy of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

"This work ...

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of heart attack increases sharply after a respiratory infection, a new study finds.

But the absolute risk that any one episode will cause a heart attack is low, the Australian researchers added.

The researchers looked at 578 people who suffered a heart attack and found that 17 percent had experienced symptoms of respiratory ...

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You might think of public restrooms as scary breeding grounds for germs, but two everyday items can spread colds and the flu as fast as a bathroom doorknob.

They're your phone and your computer. More germs reside on these two items than on most any toilet seat.

Most of the germs on your phone come from your own hands and mouth. Bu...

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Wellness Library Results - 4

How serious is the flu? Many people think the flu is nothing more than a bad cold -- until they come down with it. When your entire body aches, your energy vanishes, and a fever, dry cough, sore throat, and headaches set in, it's impossible to mistake the flu for a mild illness. The flu can hit anybody hard, but it's especially dangerous for people over 65 and others with weak immune system...

Why does my child get so many colds? The common cold (also known as an upper respiratory infection) is caused by a virus. Trouble is, there are at least 200 different known viruses, with new ones occasionally appearing. Children develop immunity to the viruses one cold at a time. Remember all the colds you've had over your lifetime? Your child has to get every one -- and more -- to be immune to ...

A cold can be an annoyance or a major misery, depending on its severity. But if you catch a cold when you're pregnant, you may well wonder how the over-the-counter (OTC) cold remedies you usually reach for could affect your baby. Are they safe? Unfortunately, for many OTC medicines, we just don't know the answer. It would be unethical to use pregnant women as guinea pigs, so researchers rely on an...

Is there any way to avoid catching a cold? Cold viruses can lurk just about anywhere during cold and flu season, but that doesn't mean that you have to sniffle through the winter. A cold virus can't make you sick unless it finds a way into the upper reaches of your nose. If you can simply keep your fingers away from your nose and eyes (where tear ducts drain into your nasal cavity), you're unlik...

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