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A new study has found that prescribing antibiotics for a cough may do more harm than good. Antibiotics don’t speed recovery from a cough. Coughs clear up in a couple of weeks and can be soothed with natural support, like the traditional hot cup of water or tea with honey (and lemon or ginger may […]


Headlines and news channels everywhere have already covered how bad this flu season is–even if you are healthy enough to stay out of the hospital, expect two weeks of downtime, plus longer lingering symptoms before you make a full recovery. With the stakes high, make sure you’re doing everything possible to avoid getting sick, including […]

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How do we predict flu seasons, and how do we decide what to put in the flu vaccine? One big factor is the sort of flu season the Southern Hemisphere goes through before us, and Australia has had a pretty bad one (and we’ve prepared a matching flu vaccine, so we’re expecting the same strains). […]

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Beware Whooping Cough

July 28, 2017

It’s not just measles that’s making a comeback, there’s a higher number of whooping cough (AKA pertussis) cases this year, too. While measles is spreading mostly due to vaccinations, whooping cough is a little less straightforward. Measles is spreading out of pockets of people who aren’t vaccinated, and into those who are (vaccination provides protection […]

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Planning a vacation? Better pack your immune support. Some estimates say that as many as 20% of commercial airline passengers will develop a respiratory illness within the week after flying. That includes coughs, sinus infections, runny noses, or worse. Not included in that 20% and adding to the pile of ill travelers is variations of […]

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