| Apr 4, 2013
| 9:12 AM
Mt. Vernon, MO. - If you have a cough that won't go away, a sore throat or stuffy nose you probably have an upper respiratory infection or illness.
That's What's Going Around this week.
Most upper respiratory infections are a virus and more often than...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 10:53 AM
Royal Caribbean International's cruise ship Vision of the Seas arrived at Port Everglades early Friday after several passengers and crew aboard had reported symptoms of gastrointestinal illness during a 11-night Caribbean cruise.
Cruise line officials...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 2:21 PM
Americans live in a food paradise. Food is generally plentiful, cheap and made to be convenient.
And, despite the occasional food-poisoning event, the food supply is consistently safe to eat. Government food-safety regulations limit amounts of...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 9:58 AM
Dear Pharmacist: I've got a cold. Should I start taking echinacea, and will it help me with the sneezing? —A.T., Sanibel
Dear A.T.: It's the season for the common cold, with more than 1 billion cases in the United States each year. Sneezing is...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 7:54 AM
The number of pertussis cases, otherwise known as whooping cough, are rising nationally, and cases locally in 2013 are up as well.
Pertussis can be unknowingly spread to others, especially infants and young children, to whom it may be deadly....
| Feb 11, 2013
| 2:06 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sniffles, runny noses and flu-like symptoms can deter, delay and even derail many exercisers just when enthusiasm for that New Year's resolution is beginning to flag.
Health and fitness experts advise to starve a fever of exercise....
| Feb 6, 2013
| 4:46 PM
You may hear each winter that vitamin C can fight off the common cold. But is it just hype or does it really help?
"The findings of a large number of studies on the subject are mixed," says Dr. Bruce Bistrian, chief of clinical nutrition at Beth...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 10:50 AM
Dear Pharmacist: What are some suggestions to avoid catching cold this season? — R. P. Albany, New York
Dear R.P.: The common cold has been around for eons, even though it has morphed a bazillion times. It's brilliant at outsmarting us. This is...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Dear Pharmacist: I ate like a hog over the holiday, and it was wonderful! To spare my guilt, are there any benefits to holiday foods and spices? — D.E., Orlando
Dear D.E.: All those delicious spices have numerous medicinal benefits. Nutmeg can ease...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 12:09 PM
The common cold and flu are caused by different viruses but can have some similar symptoms, making them tough to tell apart. In general, the flu is worse and symptoms are more intense.
- COLDS: Usual symptoms include stuffy or runny nose, sore throat...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 4:26 PM
Optimism is a powerful force. You can talk to nurses and doctors, again and again they'll confirm that those with the best outlook on their situation tend to do better than those who approach their disease with a fatalistic attitude. But why? Much has...