Kids, Colds, and Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is common in Mongolian children. This is partly because of long, cold winters, which limit exposure to the sun for many months of the year, the lack of food fortification, and the limited availability of supplements. Researchers in the United States have found that Mongolian children who drank Vitamin D-fortified milk experienced…

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Waiting It Out is the Best Policy for Colds

According to a randomized, controlled trial, antibiotic treatment does not improve the sniffles and stuffiness (called acute rhinosinusitis) that often accompany a cold. Disease-specific quality of life as measured by the Sinonasal Outcome Test (SNOT-16) did not vary between antibiotic or placebo groups over a 10-day study period. Remember, most colds are caused by viruses,…

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Your Mom May Have Been Right About VapoRub!

Vicks VapoRub, often called a mother's best friend for when children can't sleep due to cold and congestion, has been shown to actually be beneficial. In a single-night study, Pennsylvania researchers found that vapor rub improved both parent and child sleep and reduced symptoms significantly more than in the placebo groups.PositiveTip: When you or your…

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So Much for So Little

If people would simply start a walking program of at least 30+ minutes of brisk walking daily beginners: start slower, work up, and break it up into 15 minute sessions), they could positively impact their own health. Many research reports show that compared to sedentary persons, those who exercise regularly have a:45% reduced risk of…

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