Cold or flu? Top 10 cold myths debunked

A survey released by Merck Manuals found that 88 percent of Americans are confident when it comes to treating cold symptoms, but many buy into age-old myths about the common cold that could affect their treatment. Misreading symptoms or failing to seek appropriate treatment can lead to serious health issues, with more than 200,000 people in the U.S. hospitalized each year for respiratory and heart conditions associated with seasonal influenza virus infections. Making the wrong decision also impacts…
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Authorities evaluated all 549 travelers and crew members, and 11 were treated at a hospital for coughing, fever and gastrointestinal symptoms.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Airlines and Airplanes Hospitals Coughs Influenza Emirates Airlines Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Kennedy International Airport (Queens, NY) New York City Source Type: news
New York City's Department of Health&Mental Hygiene confirmed on Thursday that a majority of the test results from passengers aboard Emirates Flight 203 who reported illness Wednesday "showed common viruses such as influenza and the common cold."
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Abstract Human rhinovirus (RV), the major cause of the common cold, triggers the majority of acute airway exacerbations in patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nitric oxide (NO), and the related metabolite S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO), are produced in the airway epithelium via nitric oxide synthase 2 (NOS2) and have been shown to function in host defense against RV infection. We hypothesized that inhibitors of the GSNO-metabolizing enzyme, GSNO reductase (GSNOR), might potentiate the antiviral properties of airway-derived NOS2. Using in vitro models of RV-A serotype 16 (RV-A16) and mNeonG...
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Community acquired respiratory viruses (CARV) are an important cause of morbidity and mortality among Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant recipients (HSCT). Reported incidence of CARV in HSCT varies from 4% on early days of antigen testing to ∼40% using PCR based detection. Most commonly detected viruses are Rhinovirus/enterovirus (22-34%), followed by Influenza, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Parainfluenza on similar range. Less frequently, with important morbidity associated are Coronavirus (3-11%), Adenovirus and Human metapn eumovirus (HMPV).
Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Type: Invited Presentation Source Type: research
amada Influenza and the common cold are acute infectious diseases of the respiratory tract. Influenza is a severe disease that is highly infectious and can progress to life-threating diseases such as pneumonia or encephalitis when aggravated. Due to the fact that influenza infections and common colds spread easily via droplets and contact, public prevention measures, such as hand washing and facial masks, are recommended for influenza prophylaxis. Experimental studies have reported that tea catechins inhibited influenza viral adsorption and suppressed replication and neuraminidase activity. They were also effective aga...
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This study represents a first approach to prove a causal therapeutic effect in addition to the already described symptomatic effects for a thyme preparation. Patients with common cold infections may profit from the additional causal therapeutic effects of an expectorant.
Source: Journal of Herbal Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
The objective of this study was to test the relevance of such a model for the discovery and validation of antiviral drugs. Fully differentiated 3D nasal epithelium cultures were inoculated with picornaviruses, a coronavirus and influenza A viruses in the absence or in the presence of reference antiviral drugs. Results showed that, rupintrivir efficiently inhibits the replication of respiratory picornaviruses in a dose dependent manner and prevents the impairment of the mucociliary clearance. Similarly, oseltamivir reduced the replication of influenza A viruses in a dose dependent manner and prevented the impairment of the ...
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[The Herald] At least 12 people have died of common cold and influenza in the country this year while 9 962 cases of the diseases have been reported in one week countrywide.
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This study represents a first approach to prove a causal therapeutic effect in addition to the already described symptomatic effects for a thyme preparation. Patients with common cold infections may profit from the additional causal therapeutic effects of an expectorant.
Source: Journal of Herbal Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
The objective of this study was to test the relevance of such a model for the discovery and validation of antiviral drugs. Fully differentiated 3D nasal epithelium cultures were inoculated with picornaviruses, a coronavirus and influenza A viruses in the absence or in the presence of reference antiviral drugs. Results showed that, rupintrivir efficiently inhibits the replication of respiratory picornaviruses in a dose dependent manner and prevents the impairment of the mucociliary clearance. Similarly, oseltamivir reduced the replication of influenza A viruses in a dose dependent manner and prevented the impairment of the ...
Source: Antiviral Therapy - Category: Virology Source Type: research
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