Antibiotics No Help to Most Coughs

Commonly used antibiotics are of little help in adults with coughs. More than 2000 adults who complained of a cough were randomly assigned to either get the antibiotic amoxicillin or a placebo for a week. Overall, the antibiotic group had no better relief than the placebo group, including those over 60 years of age. Indiscriminate use…

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Nighttime Cough Helped by Honey

Children experiencing nighttime cough experienced symptom relief and sleep quality by receiving 10 grams (1 tsp) of honey within 30 minutes of bedtime. Almost 300 children 1-5 years old with upper respiratory infections were randomized to either the honey or a placebo. This study was funded in part by the Honey Board of Israel, however,…

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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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