Sunday, October 22, 2017

“Feed a Fever, Starve a Cold” and Other Common Cold Myths

We’ve all heard it before: “Bundle up or you’ll catch cold.” “Don’t kiss me, I have a cold.” Or “Feed a fever, starve a cold.” While many old adages have truth to them, not all are entirely accurate. Read about some of the common myths and misconceptions about the common cold.

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Common Cold Overview: Causes, Symptoms, Transmission

The common cold is caused by any of about 200 viruses. Viruses are baffling bundles of genetic material. They’re so tiny that if a human throat cell were the size of the typical house, a cold virus would be about the size of a door or window. Using the common definition of “life,” viruses are […]

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Back Pain Overview

Studies show that at some point in life, 80 percent of Americans suffer back pain bad enough to require medication or a visit to a health professional. For about 85 percent of people who lament, “Oh, my aching back,” lower back pain strikes once, slowly goes away over a few months, and returns only occasionally, […]

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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Treatments and Remedies

Home treatment and complementary therapies may be all you need to manage mild-to-moderate heart failure. However, Seattle naturopath Donald Brown, N.D., warns that in moderate-to-severe CHF, which is life-threatening, they are no substitute for more aggressive mainstream drugs.

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Reducing Lung Cancer Risk for Smokers and Former Smokers

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Category: Cancer

According to the American Association for Cancer Research, while genetics and environment are major contributors to cancer risk, the simple decisions made each day often matter too. Whether you are picking up a pack of cigarettes, exercising, or eating lots of fresh vegetables, studies show the power to influence cancer risk is in your hands.

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What Causes Diarrhea?

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Category: Diarrhea

If you have diarrhea, that may be all you have. Or, your diarrhea may be a symptom of another illness. Diarrhea has a variety of different causes, some more serious than others. Read about the different types of diarrhea and their causes.

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Emphysema Treatments and Remedies

Emphysema is usually caused by years of smoking, and is due to damage to the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. People with emphysema experience shortness of breath because their bodies are not getting enough oxygen, and often have a chronic cough.

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Rubella (German Measles) Overview

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Category: Rubella

Rubella (also known as German Measles or Three-Day Measles) is a respiratory viral infection that exhibits mild respiratory symptoms and low-grade fever, followed by a rash lasting about 3 days. In adults, symptoms can also include aches in joints.

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Chinese Herbal Remedies to Combat Back Pain

Chinese medicine counts three major causes of low back pain: overuse, an invasion of Wind, Cold, and Damp, or weakness in your Kidney organ system, which governs your bones.

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Remedies for Constipation

The commercials call it “irregularity,” or “feeling sluggish,” or “out of sorts.” Euphemisms aside, if you feel constipated, you have plenty of company. From time to time, everyone has trouble going, and for more than 4 million Americans, constipation is a chronic problem. No wonder laxative sales approach $500 million a year.

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