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Zinc Pills May Shorten Colds, Analysis Suggests

Posted 7 May 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 7 – Those suffering from the common cold will try almost anything to relieve their symptoms, but a cure has yet to be found. A new Canadian analysis has revealed that zinc tablets may help patients suffer a little less, but side effects are common. "Although it is possible that oral zinc preparations impact symptoms of the common cold, there is currently insufficient evidence to recommend its use in children and only a weak rationale for use in otherwise healthy adults," said lead researcher Dr. Michelle Science, of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. "The decision to use zinc should take into consideration the questionable benefits balanced against the potential adverse effects." The report was published in the May 7 edition of the Canadian medical journal CMAJ. For the study, Science's team looked at the findings of 17 randomized trials that included more than ... Read more

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Zinc May Help Ease Common Cold: Analysis

Posted 16 Feb 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 15 – A review of data from 15 trials suggests that the zinc supplements so many Americans pop at the first sign of a cold may, in fact, cut the length and severity of illness. The review, conducted by a team in India and published in the Cochrane Library, found that zinc might help shorten the time people have to stay away from work or school. "This review strengthens the evidence for zinc as a treatment for the common cold," lead researcher Meenu Singh, of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, said in a news release issued by the journal. "However, at the moment, it is still difficult to make a general recommendation, because we do not know very much about the optimum dose, formulation or length of treatment." Despite the popularity of zinc supplements, controversy over their effectiveness has raged since a much-publicized ... Read more

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