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Everything you need to know about chest infections

Everything you need to know about chest infections

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How antibiotics may render flu infections more dangerous

How antibiotics may render flu infections more dangerous

Doctors already know that misusing antibiotics can cause antibiotic resistance, which can make it difficult to fight bacterial infections, such as pneumonia. Now, a study in mice suggests that antibiotic use could also make the lungs more vulnerable to viral infections, such as the flu. Researchers find that antibiotics could make the body more vulnerable […]

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Risks of dying from pneumonia

Risks of dying from pneumonia

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Can a hot toddy help with a cold?

Can a hot toddy help with a cold?

Many people believe in the healing abilities of a hot toddy for colds and flu, but does this popular home remedy work? A hot toddy is a mixture of hot water, honey, lemon, and whiskey. Some of these ingredients may have beneficial effects, but research has not looked specifically at the effectiveness of hot toddies […]

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How long does the flu last?

How long does the flu last?

Many sources discuss the common cold and flu as though they are interchangeable, but the flu is usually worse than the common cold. Although most people with the flu feel better after about a week, the illness can last longer if a person develops complications. The flu can leave a person unable to work, perform […]

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How elderberries can help you fight the flu

How elderberries can help you fight the flu

If you have ever eaten ripe elderberries or made elderberry jam, syrup, or wine, then you will be familiar with their sharp, tart, yet refreshing taste. According to tradition, these dark, purple berries can fortify a person’s immune system. New evidence suggests this is correct — and research explain how. Elderberries really do have antiviral […]

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What are the side effects of Tamiflu in children?

What are the side effects of Tamiflu in children?

Tamiflu is a prescription medicine for the treatment of influenza, or flu, in children and adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Tamiflu in 1999. In 2009, governments across the world stockpiled the drug in response to the worldwide spread of the H1N1, or “swine flu” strain of influenza. However, recent […]

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Could this food additive make it harder to fight the flu?

Could this food additive make it harder to fight the flu?

New research suggests that a chemical compound that helps packaged food stay fresh could weaken the body’s immune response in the fight against influenza. A food additive that manufacturers commonly add to frozen meat could make it harder for us to fight influenza viruses. Many of us have had the flu at some point and […]

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Why do I have chills without a fever?

Why do I have chills without a fever?

Chills are the sensation of feeling cold. They often occur alongside a fever, which is when a person’s body temperature is higher than normal. However, a person can also experience chills without a fever, and there can be many different reasons for this. Potential causes include: being cold having hypothyroidism, which causes more sensitivity to […]