Archive for November, 2012

Probiotics May Be Effective Cold Remedy

Probiotics modestly help stave off colds and the need for antibiotics to treat them, according to a Cochrane review. Taking doses of healthy bacteria in yogurt and supplements was associated with 12 percent fewer acute upper respiratory tract infections, Bi Rong Dong, MD, of Sichuan University in Sichuan, China, and colleagues found. Antibiotic use to […]

Flu Prevention Strategies

If we don’t take the right precautions, odds are that up to one in five of us will catch the flu in any given flu season. For most of us, having the flu means suffering at home for a week or two, then pulling ourselves out of bed to get on with our lives as […]

Senior Flu Prevention and Taking Care of the Elderly

Getting the flu can be a nasty experience, no matter what your age or general health, and each year flu shots are a major public health initiative. But, because of the risks to the elderly, senior flu prevention is especially important. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year more than 200,000 people […]

Headaches and the Head Cold

Along with other common cold or flu symptoms — runny and stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, chills, and fever — you may have a headache. In a clinical trial that evaluated people with upper airway cold symptoms, more than 60 percent experienced headache as part of their head cold. One of the reasons you may […]

4 Ways to Avoid Catching — and Spreading — the Flu Virus

To avoid spreading flu germs, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze. It’s every mother’s mantra: Cover your mouth when you cough. During flu season, it’s the best advice you can give any child — or adult – who wants to avoid the flu. The flu virus is passed from one person to the other through […]

Use Your Immune System to Prevent Flu

Looking for some ways to boost your immune system so you can prevent the flu this year? The immune system is a network that helps you avoid illness — or sometimes it can become the underlying reason you get sick. Here are some ways to strengthen your immune system to help prevent viral and bacterial […]

8 Natural Tips to Help Prevent a Cold

There are no known cures for colds and flu, so cold and flu prevention should be your goal. A proactive approach to warding off colds and flu is apt to make your whole life healthier. The most effective way for preventing the flu is to get the flu shot. It works better than anything else. […]

The Danger of Antibiotic Resistance

When the sneezing, coughing, aches, and pains of the common cold get to be too much, many people beg their doctor for an antibiotic. If they feel sick enough to drag themselves to the doctor’s office, an antibiotic seems necessary to help them beat this bug. But insisting on an antibiotic could actually be harmful […]