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How Can We Tamp Down the Spread of COVID-19?

Data from cell phones show which locations are linked to higher infection rates. Reducing capacity could slow the spread of COVID-19.

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How Many New Yorkers Have Contracted COVID-19?

When researchers analyzed 10,000 blood samples from New Yorkers, they found about one in five had been infected with COVID-19 by late May.

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How Long Do People Feel Bad After COVID-19?

Months after they expected to be recovered, some people still feel bad after COVID-19. They report fatigue, headache or other symptoms.

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Will We Have a Bad Flu Season This Year?

If we continue to practice preventive measures against COVID-19 like keeping our distance, we might avoid a bad flu season.

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Can a Face Mask Protect You or Others?

Evidence is building that wearing a face mask can protect you and others around you, even in the risky environment of a long-distance flight. This tactic works best when everyone adopts it.

Alan Greene, MD, expert at keeping kids healthy

Show 1208: Keeping Kids Healthy in the Age of Coronavirus

How are parents and grandparents keeping kids healthy when they can't go to school or the playground? Dr. Alan Greene has suggestions for families, 4/18/20.

Ripe elderberries, also known as Sambucus berries, growing on a shrub; source of elderberry extract
Alternative Health

Have You Tried Elderberry to Ease Your Cold Symptoms?

Elderberry rob. a homemade concentrate of berries and spices, is used as a type of hot toddy to ease cold symptoms. Have you tried it?

Alternative Health

What Is the Impact of Herbal Treatments for Cough?

Herbal treatments for cough can help avoid overuse of antibiotics and prevent antibiotic resistance. Have you tried sage for sore throat & thyme for cough?

Ripe elderberries, also known as Sambucus berries, growing on a shrub; source of elderberry extract
Alternative Health

How Can You Find Natural Cough Medicine That Works?

A search for a natural cough medicine from Germany turned up several herbs that can be helpful. Have you tried elderberry, thyme or Andrographis?

Jar of Vicks VapoRub
Alternative Health

Can Vicks VapoRub on Your Soles Calm Your Cough?

Have you ever massaged Vicks VapoRub on your soles at night to get some sleep without coughing? Many readers find this is a helpful remedy.

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Delayed Cough with Lisinopril Can Lead to Misdiagnosis

Most people are alert to drug side effects that arise after a few days or weeks. But what about a delayed cough with lisinopril that takes years to show up?

Onion and onion slices on wooden cutting board.

How to Make Onion Syrup for a Cough

Some readers like to make onion syrup when they have a cough. It is an old home remedy that seems to help calm a cough with minimal side effects.

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Alternative Health

Will Honey and Chocolate Ease Your Cough?

Honey and chocolate are unorthodox cough remedies, but there is evidence they can be helpful to calm an unpleasant cough.

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Can You Get Addicted to Cough Syrup?

Dextromethorphan is the active ingredient in many OTC cough medicines. Be aware that it is possible to become addicted to cough syrup.

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Alternative Health

Will Chocolate Calm Your Cough?

Might chocolate calm your cough? Some research is suggestive but inconclusive. Treat it as a possible home remedy and try it yourself.

lisinopril cough, terrible cough
Alternative Health

How to Calm a Cough Naturally

Thymol in Vicks VapoRub or thyme tea can help calm a cough naturally. Here are instructions on how to make your own cough syrup at home.

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Cough Remedy Plus Antidepressant Spark Scary Serotonin Syndrome!

Drug interactions are more common than most people realize. Even something as seemingly safe as an OTC cough medicine can trigger scary serotonin syndrome.

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How to Make Thyme Cough Medicine

You can make your own thyme cough medicine right in your kitchen. Here's the recipe, along with the explanation about why this homemade medicine works well.

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Alternative Health

Vicks on Soles of Feet Calmed Grandkids’ Coughs

You can ease grandkids' coughs at night by smearing Vicks on the soles of their feet at bedtime. This remedy works for grown-ups, too.

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Alternative Health

Terpin Hydrate Helped World War I Veteran

What do you do for a cough? Do you find that dextromethorphan (the DM in OTC cough meds) tastes terrible? Have you ever found that terpin hydrate helped?