A Doctor Says a Woman Died From a Brain-Eating Amoeba After Using a Neti Pot. Are They Safe?
A Seattle woman died earlier this year after becoming infected by the brain-eating amoeba Balamuthia mandrillaris, Fox Q13 reports. And doctors believe her infection started in an unusual, and seemingly innocuous, way: using a neti pot filled with tap water. Terrifying as it may be, the Seattle woman’s case is extremely rare. Worldwide, only about 200 cases of Balamuthia infection have been diagnosed since the amoeba was first discovered in 1986, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nonetheless, the incident may spook even devoted neti pot users. So are neti pots safe? TIME asked Dr. Ben...
Source: TIME: Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine Source Type: news

Adenovirus Kills 12 in 2 States, But What Is It?
Adenovirus refers to a cluster of viruses -- more than 50 known strains -- that most commonly infect the respiratory system. Each strain may bring about a different set of symptoms, such as the common cold, sore throat, fever, bronchitis, and pneumonia (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Babies' cold recovery 'all in the nose'
Bacteria in the nose could be the answer to battling the common cold, research suggests. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: Number of cases of AFM nearly doubled in the last month: CDC
Officials say it can start like a common cold and lead to symptoms like trouble breathing and paralysis. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: WNT Source Type: news

Opioids Are In the Spotlight. But Meth Hospitalizations Are Surging
The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug largely has been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids. Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped by about 245% from 2008 to 2015, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That dwarfs the rise in hospitalizations from other drugs, such as opioids, which were up by about 46%. The most significant increases were in Western states. The surge in hospitalizations and deaths due to amphetamines “is just totally off the radar,” ...
Source: TIME: Health - November 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anna Gorman / Kaiser Health News Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

Newlywed struck down by polio-like illness on dream honeymoon after coming down with a common cold
Adam Spoerri, 30, from Burnham Park, Wisconsin, caught a cold while on his honeymoon in July. Two months later, he was paralyzed and diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, a rare polio-like illness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors' group slams move to allow employers to require doctor's note for minor illnesses
A national doctors' group is raising concerns about the Ontario government's move to allow employers to require workers to provide a doctor's note to explain even minor illnesses, such as the common cold. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Check out these common herbs and spices that can decrease insulin resistance and lower blood sugar levels
(Natural News) Thanks to the to advent of modern medicine, many medicinal herbs and spices have been relegated to the back of kitchen cabinets and pantries. The truth is that herbs and spices hold far more healing power than the average pharmaceutical; whether it’s warding off the common cold, or battling blood sugar levels, natural... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Critical Role EMS Plays in Fighting the Flu
Influenza has been impacting public health on a global scale since the beginning of recorded history. Influenza, also known as the “flu,” has numerous organizations committed to public health research, developing vaccines, and educating best practices preparing for the upcoming flu season. By gaining an understanding of the flu through history, virology, and how it impacts our society, we can have a better appreciation for the commitment that’s involved with combating the flu. What Is Influenza (and What’s Not)? The eyes of an epidemiologist can twitch for a variety of reasons, one of them being whe...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Morgan K. Anderson, MPH Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Does Echinacea Work? Here ’s What the Science Says
During cold season, people often search for natural cold remedies and immunity boosters. Echinacea has long been rumored to both prevent and knock out colds. But the evidence in favor of the herbal supplement is mixed, and its varied preparations make it hard to study. The name “echinacea” refers to almost 10 species of flowering herb, and echinacea supplements use one or several of these species. They can be made using either the plant’s above-ground parts or its below-ground roots (or both). All this variance has led to disagreement among experts when it comes to echinacea’s benefits. “Our s...
Source: TIME: Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized Research Source Type: news

Does Echinacea Really Work Against Colds? Here ’s What the Science Says
During cold season, people often search for natural cold remedies and immunity boosters. Echinacea has long been rumored to both prevent and knock out colds. But the evidence in favor of the herbal supplement is mixed, and its varied preparations make it hard to study. The name “echinacea” refers to almost 10 species of flowering herb, and echinacea supplements use one or several of these species. They can be made using either the plant’s above-ground parts or its below-ground roots (or both). All this variance has led to disagreement among experts when it comes to echinacea’s benefits. “Our s...
Source: TIME: Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized Research Source Type: news

8 natural remedies that can cure preventable diseases in the U.S.
(Natural News) Did you know that a lot of diseases plaguing Americans right now — such as the common cold, diarrhea, and halitosis (bad breath) — can be prevented with natural and effective home remedies? For example, coconut oil, a natural alternative to mouthwash, can improve your oral health and eliminate bad breath. Coconut oil can... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamin C study finds that previous studies have been deliberately using ridiculously low doses to test flu prevention effects
(Natural News) A new study confirms that taking large doses of vitamin C can significantly reduce the duration of the common cold. Researchers from the University of Helsinki suggest that taking up to eight grams of vitamin C at the first signs of a cold can reduce the sick period by nearly 20 percent. These... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Three herbs from Crete, Greece show potential in treating upper respiratory tract infections
(Natural News) For thousands of years, the natives of the Greek island of Crete used local aromatic plants as herbal remedies for the common cold. Three of those herbs – dictamnus, sage, and thyme – have drawn attention for their antioxidant properties. The three herbs were used to make a new herbal extract that could treat... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Is the Virus That Has Killed 7 Children in New Jersey?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 -- 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,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 24, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Studying cellular fats reveals how to protect cells from the common cold
(Babraham Institute) As temperatures drop and the sniffles start, take hope; research suggests a new approach to protect ourselves from the common cold. By analysing changes to the make-up and types of cellular fat molecules in cells as they are infected by the cold virus, the research identified three chemicals that point to those that could be developed into a new type of anti-cold drug that could actually stop the infection in its tracks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A Virus Outbreak Has Killed 6 Children at a New Jersey Health Center. Here ’s What to Know
A viral illness outbreak has killed six children and infected 12 others at a medical facility in New Jersey, state health officials confirmed Tuesday. Eighteen cases of adenovirus, six of them fatal, have been confirmed among pediatric residents at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, according to a statement from the New Jersey Department of Health. An investigation is ongoing, but the center has agreed not to admit new patients until the outbreak is deemed over. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement Tuesday that state and local health officials are working to contain the outbreak. ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime New Jersey onetime Source Type: news

A Virus Outbreak Has Killed 7 Children at a New Jersey Health Center. Here ’s What to Know
A viral illness outbreak has killed seven children and infected 11 others at a medical facility in New Jersey, state health officials announced Wednesday. The New Jersey Department of Health initially announced that 18 cases of adenovirus, six of them fatal, had been confirmed among pediatric residents at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell. On Wednesday, officials announced that a seventh child, who was among the 18 original confirmed cases, died on Tuesday. An investigation is ongoing, but the center has agreed not to admit new patients until the outbreak is deemed over. New Jersey Governor Phil...
Source: TIME: Health - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime New Jersey onetime Source Type: news

Don't give decongestants to children for colds, experts say
(Reuters Health) - For children under age 12, decongestants might ease the common cold symptoms of a blocked or running nose, but these medications may not be safe for this age group, according to a research review. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What's the link between cold weather and the common cold?
Despite the association between cold weather and getting sick, it is viruses that cause colds and the flu. However, colder temperatures may increase a person ’s risk of developing an illness. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

Limited Evidence for OTC Preps to Treat Nasal Symptoms of Colds
THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 -- Limited evidence is available for over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for nasal symptoms of the common cold, according to a report published online Oct. 10 in The BMJ. Noting that the common cold is usually caused by viruses... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

WATCH: 62 cases confirmed of mysterious illness affecting kids
The cases of acute flaccid myelitis, which starts as a common cold but then leads to paralysis, have been confirmed in 22 states, reported the CDC. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Experts say blocked nose medicines don't work and may be harmful for children under 12
Researchers from the University of Queensland and the University of Ghent looked at evidence on common cold treatments and found the risks outweigh benefits for children aged 12 or under. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Here ’s How to Tell if You Have a Cold or the Flu
Your nose is dripping like a leaky faucet, your throat is sore and you can’t stop sneezing. You don’t have a fever, but you feel wiped out—like you could curl up on the floor and fall asleep. Do you have a cold or the flu? If you guessed cold, you’re probably right. But experts say that differentiating the common cold (an upper respiratory infection) from the flu (influenza) can be trickier than most people assume. “There is huge overlap among non-influenza viruses and the symptoms produced by influenza and other bugs,” says Dr. Bruce Barrett, a professor of family medicine and community...
Source: TIME: Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

Researchers advise against decongestants for colds in children
Decongestants should not be given to young children because there is no evidence they help clear up a blocked or runny nose and their safety is unclear, according to experts investigating the effectiveness of treatments for the common cold. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 11, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Experts say blocked nose medicines don't work and may be harmful for children under 12
Researchers from the University of Queensland and the University of Ghent looked at evidence on common cold treatments and found the risks outweigh benefits for children aged 12 or under. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: Rare illness targeting children
In Minnestoa, officials report a rise in polio-like disorder that appears to be a common cold, but is developing into paralysis. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: WNT Source Type: news

Zinc is cancer's worst enemy: This mineral is key to preventing cancer, scientists conclude
(Natural News) Consuming zinc might be something that you only think about when cold season approaches given its stellar performance in keeping the common cold at bay, but its value extends far beyond preventing this relatively innocuous problem to something far more serious: fighting cancer. Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington have discovered... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu jab: Can it prevent the common cold? Contents of this year’s vaccine revealed
FLU JAB is one of the best forms of protection against the virus which strikes down thousands of people in the UK every year. Some of the symptoms of flu are similar to those of the common cold, so can getting flu vaccine prevent you getting the common cold? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cold symptoms: How to get rid of a cold fast and treat symptoms
COLD SYMPTOMS can be extremely irritating and unpleasant, and can get in the way of daily activities. While there is no cure for the common cold, there are ways to relieve symptoms and help you recover quickly. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Your cough and runny nose may not be cold symptoms - they could signal this infestation
COUGH and runny nose are symptoms of the common cold, which is easily treated. But in some cases, these could be a sign of a horrifying infestation in your home. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu: Can vitamin C supplements prevent you getting the virus or should you get the jab?
FLU IS an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus and symptoms can be similar to those of the common cold. Vitamin C has been touted as a cold remedy, so can taking vitamin C supplements prevent you getting the flu or should you get the jab? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Summer and fall enteroviruses affect kids
It's common for kids in the U.S. to get infected with enteroviruses in the summer and fall, says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic. Enteroviruses is a virus that can cause an infection similar to the common cold and, in some cases, it can cause serious breathing problems. The Centers [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 17, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

P & G invents unique remedy for the common cold
Procter& Gamble Co. invented a pleasantly flavored liquid medication that includes a decongestant and has a long shelf life. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Monkeypox warning: Five common symptoms of deadly infection - virus in UK for first time
MONKEYPOX virus symptoms can be mistaken for a common cold or flu during its early stages. But what are the earliest warning signs of the deadly virus, after it was diagnosed in the UK for the first ever time? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fighting the cold virus and other threats, body makes trade-off, says study
(Yale University) A Yale research team has revealed how cells in different parts of the human airway vary in their response to the common cold virus. Their finding, published in Cell Reports, could help solve the mystery of why some people exposed to the cold virus get ill while others don't, said the researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 11, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Popular belief that milk increases phlegm levels is ‘myth’
The widely held and persistent belief that milk boosts phlegm production and worsens respiratory conditions from asthma to the common cold, is a myth, agues a children ’s health expert. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 7, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Passengers on Emirates Flight From Dubai Had Flu and Common Cold
Authorities evaluated all 549 travelers and crew members, and 11 were treated at a hospital for coughing, fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TYLER PAGER 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

Flu and common cold confirmed in sick passengers on Emirates flight to JFK
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." (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Airport security trays carry more germs than toilets, study finds
New research finds airport security bins are a hotbed for germs that cause illnesses in humans, such as the flu and the common cold (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Some People Hate Being Hugged, According to Science
If you hate being hugged, the world can be a challenging place. You never know when someone you’re meeting for a quick coffee will approach you, arms open wide, coming in for an embrace. Your options are limited: you can awkwardly dodge the gesture, stick out your hand for a handshake, or submit to the unwanted bear hug. Regardless of whether you are pro or anti-embrace, here’s everything to know about the human behavior of hugging: Why people love or loathe hugging So why is it that some people love a good hug, while others abhor them? According to experts, it may have something to do with how you were raised....
Source: TIME: Health - September 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Locker Tags: Uncategorized behavior hugging Living psychology Source Type: news

How to get rid of a head cold fast: Five simple remedies to alleviate symptoms
HOW TO get rid of a cold: Whether it ’s a blocked or runny nose, sore throat, cough or headache, the symptoms of the common cold can be difficult to handle. The good news is the common cold can be treated at home and there are five remedies recommended for fast relief. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to get rid of a cold: Five simple remedies to get fast relief and alleviate symptoms
HOW TO get rid of a cold: Whether it ’s a blocked or runny nose, sore throat, cough or headache, the symptoms of the common cold can be difficult to handle. The good news is the common cold can be treated at home and there are five remedies recommended for fast relief. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Sleep Affects Your Relationships, According to Science
In a properly functioning body, sleep helps the brain process your emotions and memories from the day. You wake up well-rested with enough mental space to both create and log new memories and work through the experiences of your day. Sleep deprivation, on the other hand, is like falling into an icy river: “The body shuts down circulation to the appendages and tries to keep the core warm. It goes into survival mode,” says W. Christopher Winter, a neurologist based in Charlottesville, VA and the author of The Sleep Solution. When you’re not sleeping well, “your brain’s ability to do things gets ...
Source: TIME: Health - August 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cassie Shortsleeve  Tags: Uncategorized Living relationships sleep Source Type: news

The Case For Sauna Bathing Is Stronger Than Ever
A new research review has plenty of good news for people who love a good sauna session: Studies overwhelmingly suggest that the relaxing habit is also a healthy one. A paper published Wednesday in Mayo Clinic Proceedings gathered existing findings on Finnish sauna bathing, the practice of spending time in relatively dry rooms heated to between 80 and 100 degrees, interspersed with periods of cooling. The results were culled from more than 70 studies published up through February 2018. Overall, the research suggests that “sauna bathing, an activity used for the purposes of pleasure, wellness, and relaxation, is linked...
Source: TIME: Health - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime Research Source Type: news

Swimming in winter walking with bare feet truth behind cold myths why you NEED to take flu seriously
With the Australian cold snap in full swing, flu season is well and truly here. Medical expert Dr Sam Hay debunked a host of myths surrounding how to stave off the common cold. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Why you shouldn't take antibiotics for cold, flu symptoms
Viral respiratory infections such as?sore throats, the?common cold, ear infections and?bronchitis,?are caused by viruses. This means?antibiotics?won't help. But nearly 46 percent of patients who go to urgent care centers with cold and flu symptoms are prescribed an?antibiotic inappropriately for their respiratory diagnosis, according to a?study?released by the?Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Antibiotics are a [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - July 23, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Urgent care centers often prescribe unnecessary antibiotics
(Reuters Health) - Patients with common colds and respiratory illnesses may be more likely to get antibiotics - which don't work for these conditions - when they go to an urgent care clinic, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Common Cold, Influenza Kill 12
[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. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news