Cold, Flu, and Sinus

You've got a stuffy nose, a sore throat, and a pounding headache, but how do you know if it's a cold or the flu?

Echinacea Fails to Curb the Common Cold (Again)

In a new study of more than 700 people who came down with colds, echinacea pills were not measurably better than placebo at speeding recovery time or reducing the severity of runny nose, sore throat, cough, and other symptoms.

Cold Meds Sending Fewer Babies to ER

The number of infants and toddlers under age 2 who landed in emergency rooms after ingesting too much over-the-counter cold medicine dropped by more than half following the discontinuation of medicines targeted to that age group, a new study has found.

Daily Exercise Helps Keep the Sniffles Away

Regular exercise can improve your mood, help you lose weight, and add years to your life. Still need another reason to hit the gym? A new study suggests that working out regularly helps ward off colds and flu.

Study: Popular People Get Flu First

When the flu is going around, people at the center of social networks tend to come down with the virus first.

Sinus Trouble? Secondhand Smoke May Be to Blame

If you have perpetually clogged and swollen sinuses, secondhand smoke—even in small amounts—may be to blame. According to a new study, secondhand smoke may be responsible for up to 40% of cases of chronic sinusitis.

Mozart May Have Died of Complications From Strep Throat

So ill he could not move, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart supposedly sang parts of his final masterpiece Requiem as instructions to his assistant from his deathbed. Two centuries later, the exact cause of the legendary composer’s death in December 1791 at age 35 is still a mystery. Theories abound. It’s known that his entire body was so swollen he couldn’t turn over in bed; some say jealous rivals poisoned him, while others suggest lethal trichinosis from under-cooked pork, scarlet fever, or tuberculosis.

Study: Face Masks Seem to Protect Against Flu

Facemasks have been worn by citizens around the world, from Mexico to the United States to China, to protect against swine flu, or H1N1. The problem? Experts can't say for sure if such facemasks actually help people stay healthy. Now a new study suggests that when sick people and their families start wearing surgical facemasks and washing their hands within the first 36 hours of symptoms, healthy family members are indeed less likely to get seasonal flu. They think the results may apply to H1N1 as well.