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What causes mucus in the chest?

What causes mucus in the chest?

Inflammation and a buildup of mucus in the chest can cause unpleasant symptoms like wheezing, sleep difficulties, and a sore throat. Congestion is also often accompanied by a cough that brings up phlegm. Some mucus in the chest is normal, and having excess mucus from occasionally is usually not a cause for concern. However, if […]

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How much menthol does it take to overdose?

How much menthol does it take to overdose?

Cough drops can be helpful for a sore throat or a nagging cough. In general, cough drops cannot cause an overdose and are safe to use. Their active ingredient, menthol, can result in an overdose in extremely high amounts, but these are hard to get from eating even large quantities of cough drops. These candy-like […]

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Why you should choose your plane seat wisely

Why you should choose your plane seat wisely

Have you ever woken up with a nasty cold the day after a flight? Airplane environments are notorious for the transmission of viral infections. Fear not, though; a new study elucidates the most common trajectories for germ transmission on an aircraft. What puts us at risk of catching a viral disease when flying, and how […]

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What are flu vaccines made of and why?

What are flu vaccines made of and why?

Flu shots contain numerous ingredients in very small quantities. They often include a deactivated flu virus. Each of the ingredients work together to ensure that the vaccine is safe and effective. Influenza viruses are always changing, which means that the flu vaccine is updated every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend […]

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Home remedies for phlegm and mucus

Home remedies for phlegm and mucus

Phlegm is a type of mucus produced in the lungs and lower respiratory tract. It is most noticeable when a person is acutely sick or has a longstanding health condition. Mucus forms a protective lining in certain parts of the body, even when a person is well. Mucus keeps these areas from drying out and […]

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How to avoid catching the flu

How to avoid catching the flu

Are you looking for ways to avoid being struck down by the flu? Although complete immunity can’t be guaranteed, we have put together some top tips that might just protect you from getting sick this flu season. Steps can be taken to try to reduce your risk of infection from flu viruses. Between 9.2 million […]

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What home remedies can help with a runny nose?

What home remedies can help with a runny nose?

A runny nose can be one of the most annoying symptoms of the common cold. Thankfully, there are several natural and home remedies to try. In this article, we look at the following ways to stop a runny nose: hot drinks hot steam inhalation hot baths neti pots capsaicin We also look at the evidence […]

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A hidden culprit? Flu may heighten heart attack risk

A hidden culprit? Flu may heighten heart attack risk

Could something as seemingly innocuous as the seasonal flu increase the possibility of a heart attack for people at risk of heart disease? New research suggests that may indeed be the case. The flu could be particularly harmful to those at risk of heart disease, a new study shows. Researchers from the Institute for Clinical […]

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Flu vaccine: Nasal drops may succeed where shots have failed

Flu vaccine: Nasal drops may succeed where shots have failed

Flu viruses adapt and mutate, making influenza vaccines less effective. New research — published in the journal Science — has found a way to break down the virus’s defenses, giving future flu vaccines a boost. The new vaccine will come in the form of nasal drops. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles — […]

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The perils of sneezing incorrectly

The perils of sneezing incorrectly

A newly published study describes what can happen if you block your nostrils and close your mouth during a sneeze — and it isn’t pretty. The following advice should be heeded. Do you know how to sneeze safely? Although no one likes a cold, you have to admit that a powerful sneeze can feel pretty […]