Colds and Infections - Original Articles

5 Ways to Practice Common-Cold Etiquette

Colds happen. But passing them along to someone else doesn't have to.

Consider Becoming a Platelet Donor

Many patients undergoing chemotherapy are in need of platelets. Here's how you can help.

8 Ways to Soothe a Sore Throat

No Rx needed! Here are great remedies that bring relief fast.

8 Easy Tips for Organizing Your Medicine Cabinet

Follow this handy guide so you're fully prepared when minor injuries and illnesses strike.

How Effective Is the Flu Shot, Really?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get the flu shot annually. But does the vaccination truly prevent the virus?

Mono Myths and Facts

When it comes to the so-called "kissing disease," it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Get the right information right here from a medical professional.

Is the Flu Different for Women and Men?

Due to evolutionary factors and hormones, one sex is more prone to a miserable bout of the flu.

How to Recover From the Flu

If you're down for the count with influenza, here's how to get yourself up and going again.

When to Clean, When to Disinfect

Soap and water alone are fine for keeping dust bunnies away, but they won t rid your home of germs. Here's how to tell when your home needs more than just a routine clean.

A Closer Look at Bronchitis

A nagging cough, low-grade fever, and pain or tightness in the chest may signal bronchitis. Here's how to tell for sure.

A Closer Look at Laryngitis

Here's why you may have lost your voice...and how to find it again.

How to Protect Your Family From Pneumonia

Here's what you need to know about this inflammatory lung disease, from causes and symptoms to treatments and prevention tips.

What You Need to Know About Shingles

Once you have chickenpox, you won't get them again, right? Not quite. You could develop shingles, a painful skin condition caused by the same virus as chickenpox.

Mononucleosis: Learn the Basics

This common virus can last for weeks, or even months, and may leave you feeling exhausted. Learn how to deal with the symptoms.

Meningitis: Know the Facts

Be aware of the warning signs of this potentially deadly disease.

The Facts About Chronic and Recurrent Yeast Infections

Feel like you're dealing with yeast infections all the time? Learn more about this common problem.

Acute vs. Chronic Sinusitis: Understand Your Condition

For many, sinusitis means uncomfortable symptoms that may require the right treatment to overcome.

7 Natural Remedies for the Flu

Did you know some of the best fixes for flu-related symptoms can be found right in your home?

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Your head aches, your eyes hurt, and you're sneezing, coughing, and experiencing chills. Is it a bad cold, or could this be the start of the flu?

Natural Remedies for Cold Sores

Ease the discomfort of these contagious blisters with the healing properties of lemon balm, peppermint oil, and echinacea.

How to Weather Winter Asthma

Address your worst asthma triggers and enjoy the best that winter has to offer.

Harness Your Immune System to Fight Cancer

Your body's own immune system is a germ-fighting machine. Scientists see promise in directing these powers toward eradicating cancer. Here's how.

Health Risks in the Wake of a Hurricane

What are the key health risks you need to be aware of after a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy?

6 Common School-Spread Sicknesses

Kids bring home more than just homework. Here's how to deal with the germs and the bugs.

Don't Make These Germ-Filled Mistakes

You probably visit public restrooms, the bank, or a coffee shop nearly every day. Disinfect and prevent the spread of germs and illnesses with these simple tips.

Why Is Whooping Cough Back?

With around 18,000 new cases this year, health experts are calling the outbreak the most serious in 50 years. Here's how to protect your family.

The Sepsis Epidemic

An estimated 750,000 Americans get sepsis each year and 28 and 50 percent will die from the infection. Who's at risk for sepsis, and what can be done to prevent it?

AIDS: How to Talk to Kids and What They Should Know

An infectious disease specialist interprets the latest statistics and provides tips for talking to youngsters about the disease.

What Your Immune System Can Do for Asthma

A strong immune system can help keep healthy with asthma. Here s how to keep your immune system running strong.

Hand Sanitizer: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Keeping your hands clean is key, but using hand sanitizer isn't always the best option.
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