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High-Dose Vitamin D May Not Curb Kids' Colds

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – When it comes to vitamin supplements, more is not always better, according to a new study that found even high doses of vitamin D don't protect children from colds in the winter. "We may have just busted a myth," said study leader Dr. Jonathon Maguire. "Our findings do not support the routine use of high-dose vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of wintertime upper respiratory tract infections among healthy children," added Maguire. He is a pediatrician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Vitamin D is often called the "sunshine" vitamin, because human skin manufactures the nutrient upon contact with sunlight. It's also found in certain foods, such as fatty fish. But many people now take a daily vitamin D supplement, as well. For the past 30 years, it's been thought that vitamin D can help prevent or reduce the severity of colds and other respiratory ... Read more

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Many Parts of the World Lack Soap for Hand-Washing

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – For many families in poor countries, soap is a luxury that they do without, a new study finds. Hand-washing with soap can help prevent the spread of diseases, especially pneumonia and diarrhea. These ills caused about 1.6 million child deaths worldwide in 2013, the researchers said. "Hand-washing prevents leading causes of the 6 million deaths that occur annually in young children around the world. Never before has hand-washing been systematically measured in so many countries," said study co-author Dr. Pavani Ram. She is director of the University at Buffalo's Community for Global Health Equity in New York. "These data are useful to public health programs and policy makers because they underscore the deep inequities that persist globally and within countries, contributing to these preventable child deaths among people living in poverty and in rural areas in ... Read more

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Probiotic Supplements Failed to Prevent Babies' Infections

Posted 3 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 3, 2017 – Probiotic supplements may not protect babies from catching colds or stomach bugs in day care, a new clinical trial suggests. Probiotics are bacteria and other microorganisms that dwell in the body, aiding in digestion, immunity and other vital functions. Probiotic supplements provide some of those same organisms. Most often, products contain strains of the bacteria Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. That's what researchers tested in the new study – with disappointing results. Among 290 babies in child care, those given probiotics every day for six months were no less likely to suffer respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, the investigators found. The findings stand in contrast to some past studies: Specifically, two trials have found that probiotics cut the risk of gastrointestinal infections among babies ... Read more

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Health Tip: Are You Well Enough to Travel?

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Since germs can spread easily in a confined airplane cabin, it's important to make sure that it's safe to fly. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you should avoid plane travel if: You have a baby who is less than 2 days old, or if you're beyond 36 weeks pregnant. You've had a recent surgery or injury to the head, eye or stomach. You've had a recent stroke or heart attack. You've had recent chest pain, sinus problems, brain swelling, a contagious illness, sickle cell disease, psychotic episode or a serious respiratory disease. You've had a recent fever and rash, vomiting or diarrhea. Read more

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When a Divorce Turns Bitter, Kids' Immune Systems May Pay a Price

Posted 5 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 – An unfriendly divorce can raise a child's risk of colds in adulthood, a new study suggests. "Early life stressful experiences do something to our physiology and inflammatory processes that increase risk for poorer health and chronic illness," explained researcher Michael Murphy of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. "This work is a step forward in our understanding of how family stress during childhood may influence a child's susceptibility to disease 20-40 years later," Murphy said in a university news release. He's a psychology postdoctoral research associate. The study found that children whose parents separate and don't speak are at increased risk for colds as adults. Previous research has shown that adults who experience the split of parents during childhood are at increased risk for poorer health. The authors of this new study believe their work may ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get More Sleep if You Have a Cold

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Trying to sleep with a cold can be a miserable battle. It may be difficult to breathe, and you're probably coughing, neither of which make it easy to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Run a humidifier or vaporizer while you sleep. Clean and dry it frequently to prevent mold. Use a foam wedge or stack several pillows to elevate your head. Keep a box of tissues by your bed so you don't have to get up when it's time to blow your nose. Tissues with moisturizing lotion can help comfort an irritated nose. Before bed, rinse your nose with a saline wash. Use nasal strips to help open nasal passages while you sleep. Read more

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Can People 'Sniff' Out Illness in Others?

Posted 30 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 – People's ability to use smell and vision to detect and avoid others who are sick is better than believed, a new study suggests. Researchers injected harmless bacteria into volunteers, to trigger classic symptoms of illness such as tiredness, pain and fever. These study participants were photographed and filmed, and odor samples were taken from them. Another group of people were given brain scans while they were shown the images and exposed to the odor of the "ill" group along with a "control group" of healthy people. These volunteers were then asked to identify which people in the two groups looked sick, which they considered attractive and which they might socialize with. "Our study shows a significant difference in how people tend to prefer and be more willing to socialize with healthy people than those who are sick and whose immune system we artificially ... Read more

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Heart Attack Risk Spikes After Respiratory Infection, Study Finds

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – The risk of heart attack increases sharply after a respiratory infection, a new study finds. But the absolute risk that any one episode will cause a heart attack is low, the Australian researchers added. The researchers looked at 578 people who suffered a heart attack and found that 17 percent had experienced symptoms of respiratory infection within seven days before the heart attack, and 21 percent within the prior month. The risk of a heart attack is 17 times higher in the week after a respiratory infection, the University of Sydney team concluded. In a second analysis, the researchers focused on upper-respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold, sore throat, hay fever and sinus infections. "For those participants who reported milder upper-respiratory tract infection symptoms, the risk increase was less, but was still elevated by 13-fold," study ... Read more

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Is It Wise to Take a Steroid for a Sore Throat?

Posted 18 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – Researchers seeking new sore throat treatments report only modest success with a single dose of a steroid medication. Concerns about growing bacterial resistance to antibiotics have led scientists to look for alternative therapies for sore throat, a common reason for doctor visits. In this new British study, a steroid medication led to improvement in about one-third of patients with sore throat. But, two U.S. physicians said they aren't rushing to prescribe the drugs on the basis of these results. Steroid treatment "might mask a more serious problem. That's really pretty important," said Dr. Robert Centor, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Most sore throats are relatively simple, but some are relatively dangerous, and people can die or end up in the ICU," said Centor, who wasn't involved in the study. "Steroids could ... Read more

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A Lonely Heart Could Worsen a Cold

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 – A cold is never fun, but it's even more misery for folks who feel lonely, new research suggests. "We think this is important, particularly because of the economic burden associated with the common cold," said study co-author Angie LeRoy, a psychology graduate student at Rice University in Houston. "Millions of people miss work each year because of it. And that has to do with how they feel, not necessarily with how much they're blowing their noses," she said in a university news release. For the study, LeRoy and Rice psychologist Chris Fagundes used nose drops to deliberately infect a group of 159 volunteers with the cold virus. The participants were all unmarried and ranged from 18 to 55 years of age. Each also filled out standard psychological questionnaires aimed at assessing their feelings of social isolation. According to LeRoy, "Research has shown that ... Read more

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Shorter Winter, Longer Spring?

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – Spring is officially here, and the world around you is transitioning from winter to warmer weather. But, scientists say this transition appears to be lengthening. And, this could have significant environmental and economic consequences. "Historically, the transition into spring is comparatively shorter than other seasons," said Alexandra Contosta, a research assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire's Earth Systems Research Center. "You have snow melting and lots of water moving through aquatic systems, nutrients flushing through that water, soils warming up, and buds breaking on trees," she said in a university news release. "Something striking happens after a very cold winter or when there's been a lot of snow. Things seem to wake up all together, which is why spring seems to happen so quickly and can feel so dramatic," Contosta explained. But, ... Read more

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Parents Don't Always Head to Child's Doctor When Illness Strikes

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – Many American parents don't count on getting a same-day appointment with their child's doctor and turn to other health care options when their kids are suddenly sick, a new survey finds. More than 2,000 parents of youngsters up to age 18 were surveyed in the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. The parents were asked about trying to make a health provider appointment or to get health advice if their child woke up with a sore throat and fever. Forty-two percent of parents said they would take their child to an urgent care, retail clinic or emergency department. But another 42 percent said they would call their child's doctor for advice. More parents believed they could get same-day phone advice (60 percent) than get a same-day appointment with their child's doctor (53 percent). Only 10 percent of parents said they would use email to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Identifying Signs of the Common Cold

Posted 24 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Feeling under the weather? It's important to know whether you the common cold or something more serious. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says common-cold symptoms may include: Sore throat. Cough. Sneezing and runny nose. Body aches. Headache. The common cold is most likely during winter and spring, though you can get a cold at any time. Symptoms usually subside in seven-to-10 days. Some people with a compromised immune system or respiratory problems may develop pneumonia as a complication. Read more

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Don't Skip Veggies in Winter

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you can't eat fresh, healthy foods. There are five types of foods you should try to consume during the winter months, according to health experts at the Cleveland Clinic who offer these suggestions: While it can be hard to find local produce during the winter, root vegetables such as beets, carrots and turnips can withstand the cold and are available. Roast carrots to get a dose of beta-carotene, or boil turnips for vitamins A and C. Oatmeal provides nutrients that are essential during winter. It's high in zinc (important for your immune system) and soluble fiber, which is associated with heart health. Instant oatmeal is more convenient but also more expensive. If you're on a budget, choose old-fashioned oats. Soup is another good food choice in winter, but hold the cream, salt and beef. Try soup recipes that call for ... Read more

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Vitamin D Linked to Lower Risk of Respiratory Infections

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – There's preliminary evidence that adequate amounts of vitamin D might help lower rates of respiratory infections. These infections include colds, bronchitis and pneumonia, the researchers said. In a review of past trials of people taking vitamin D supplements, researchers from Queen Mary University in London found that supplementation was linked to a 12 percent reduction in the proportion of people having an "acute respiratory infection." The researchers said their findings "support the introduction of public health measures such as food fortification to improve vitamin D status in settings where profound vitamin D deficiency is common." But not everyone agrees with the authors of the review, which was published Feb. 15 in the BMJ. The results are inconclusive and need to be confirmed in carefully controlled clinical trials, said Mark Bolland from the ... Read more

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