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  • New chemical compound 'stops common cold in its tracks'

    05/15/2018 11:57:17 AM PDT · by TBP · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 14, 2018 | Nicola Davis
    It’s a conundrum that has stumped scientists for centuries, but now researchers say they have taken a tantalising step forward in the quest to tackle the common cold. The scourge of workplace, home and school playground, the common cold is predominantly caused by the rhinovirus. But attempts to thwart the pathogen by vaccination or antiviral drugs face a number of difficulties – not least because the virus comes in many forms and can mutate rapidly leading to drug resistance. But now scientists say they have discovered a way to nobble the virus that could one day help those with conditions...
  • Key ingredient in beer may help treat the common cold (humulone)

    12/11/2012 1:41:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/11/12 | Eric Pfeiffer -The Sideshow
    Got a cold? Treat yourself to a cold one. A new study, reports Agence France-Presse, suggests that a chemical compound in beer can help the human body fight the virus behind the common cold. Of course, there are some important caveats. First, the study was conducted and published by Sapporo Breweries, a Japanese beer manufacturer, through its Sapporo Medical University. And secondly, an adult would have to drink about 30 cans of beer to get enough humulone, the compound said to have anti-viral properties. The humulone found in hops, one of beer's three main ingredients, gives the alcoholic drink its...
  • Zinc can be an 'effective treatment' for common colds

    02/15/2011 6:00:01 PM PST · by decimon · 30 replies
    BBC ^ | February 15, 2011 | Michelle Roberts
    Taking zinc syrup, tablets or lozenges can lessen the severity and duration of the common cold, experts believe.A review of the available scientific evidence suggests taking zinc within a day of the onset of cold symptoms speeds recovery. It may also help ward off colds, say the authors of the Cochrane Systematic Review that included data from 15 trials involving 1,360 people. Now more work is needed to determine the exact dosing required, they say. Adults catch between two to four colds a year and children up to 10 a year. > There is no proven treatment for the common...
  • Not just swine flu - new cold virus may lurk, too

    11/17/2009 12:55:07 PM PST · by Kartographer · 8 replies · 476+ views
    Reuters/YahooNews ^ | 11/17/09 | Maggie Fox
    Runny nose, fever, cough, even pneumonia -- the symptoms sound like swine flu but children hospitalized at one U.S. hospital in fact had a rhinovirus, better known as a common cold virus, doctors said on Tuesday. Hundreds of children treated at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia had a rhinovirus, and federal health investigators are trying to find out if it was a new strain, and if this is going on elsewhere in the country.
  • FDA says Zicam nasal spray can cause loss of smell

    06/16/2009 9:48:23 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 53 replies · 2,480+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 6/16/09
    The FDA says consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products immediately. All the over-the-counter products contain zinc. Scientists say that ingredient may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell.
  • Resveratrol may have anti-flu activity

    05/25/2005 10:01:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 20 replies · 667+ views
    ABC News & Reuters ^ | May 24, 2005
    May 24, 2005 — NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Resveratrol, a chemical found in red grapes, blocks replication of the influenza virus in cell culture and in animals, Italian researchers report. "Resveratrol merits further investigation as a potential weapon for combating the growing threat of influenza," Dr. Anna Teresa Palamara of the Institute of Microbiology in Rome and colleagues conclude. In cell culture experiments, resveratrol prevented influenza from replicating. Study: Cigarette Smoke May Harm Fertility Big Guns: When Cops Use Steroids Study: Bypass Better for Clogged Arteries Resveratrol treatment had the greatest effect when administered 3 hours after exposure to...
  • Vitamin C for Preventing and Treating the Common Cold

    06/28/2005 9:40:44 PM PDT · by MRMEAN · 32 replies · 773+ views
    the Public Library of Science Medicin ^ | June 2005 | Robert M. Douglas*, Harri Hemilä
    Vitamin C for Preventing and Treating the Common Cold Robert M. Douglas*, Harri HemiläRobert M. Douglas is at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Harri Hemilä is at the Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki, Finland.Competing Interests: RMD was an organising author of one of the papers considered in the review. HH declares that he has no competing interests.Published: June 28, 2005DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020168Copyright: © 2005 Douglas and Hemilä. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any...
  • WARNING: Whooping Cough Outbreak

    06/09/2005 12:26:04 AM PDT · by ppaul · 211 replies · 11,722+ views
    Whooping Cough Outbreak Communities throughout the U.S. are experiencing whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks - the worst in 40 years. If the school nurse or the health department informs you that there is a pertussis outbreak in your school or community, you may need to call your pediatrician. The school or health department will tell you if your child was directly exposed and requires antibiotics. Health departments across the country are acting quickly to prevent the spread of pertussis, so your cooperation in contacting your pediatrician is crucial. Please follow the instruction of the health department. The care of children in...