By: Terry Graedon December 6, 2018 1 Comments
    Did the Maker Recall Ibuprofen for Your Baby?

    Parents across the country have been alarmed today to hear that some brands of ibuprofen sold as fever medicine for infants have been recalled. What led the manufacturer, Tris Pharma Inc., to recall i…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2018 14 Comments
    Terpin Hydrate Helped World War I Veteran

    Terpin hydrate, with or without codeine, used to be a highly popular cough remedy. It was available without a prescription from the 1880s until the 1990s. That’s when the FDA decided there wasn’t …

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2018 10 Comments
    Should You Pay Less for Vicks VapoRub®?

    Vicks VapoRub® is a familiar household product with a venerable history. It has been around since the turn of the 20th century, and for much of that time, it contained natural essential oils. In the …

    By: Terry Graedon October 11, 2018 0 Comments
    How to Take Care of Kids with Colds

    Ask a pediatrician how to treat kids with colds, and you'll probably learn that there are few, if any, medicines that speed recovery or even ease symptoms. During cold season, parents often search for…

    By: Terry Graedon September 6, 2018 3 Comments
    Security Line Is the Germiest Spot in the Airpor…

    Traveling can expose you lots of germs. People often worry about airplane air, but in reality, it is well filtered. A little recognized source of contamination is lurking in the security line. What's …

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 24 Comments
    Beware Unnecessary Antibiotics from Urgent Care …

    Have you ever visited an urgent care center or a retail clinic (like those found in some pharmacies)? Getting a quick doctor’s appointment during flu season can be challenging. It may take a week or…

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2018 4 Comments
    Overdosing on Acetaminophen in Cold and Flu Reme…

    Many over-the-counter medicines marketed for treating colds and flu contain acetaminophen (paracetamol in Europe, Australia and New Zealand). This non-aspirin pain reliever helps lower fever. Acetamin…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2018 2 Comments
    Have You Tried Onion Syrup to Calm a Cough?

    The 2017-2018 flu season might have set some records for being long-lasting and rough. But even after the flu fades from memory, respiratory tract infections will cause coughs and sniffles, sore throa…

    By: Terry Graedon March 22, 2018 8 Comments
    Will You Catch a Cold on Your Next Flight?

    Are you likely to catch a cold, the flu or some other infectious disease when you get on an airplane? A lot of people believe that the close quarters in the cabin make it very easy to pick up a bug. H…

    By: Joe Graedon March 5, 2018 29 Comments
    Will Wearing a Face Mask Protect Against the Flu…

    Every year public health officials encourage people to do two things to reduce the risk of catching the flu. 1) Get a flu shot. 2) Wash your hands! We rarely, if ever, see or hear messages about weari…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 1 Comments
    Spices for Unexpected Cough and Cold Relief

    When half the people you know are sniffling, sneezing and coughing, you might want something for cough and cold relief. As it turns out, you won't need to make a trip to the drugstore. You can probabl…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 28 Comments
    Should You Worry About Germs on Your Coffee Cup …

    Do you pay attention when you visit your local coffee shop? Can you observe the person who fills your mug or places the lid on your paper cup? Does that person wear disposable gloves? We are constantl…

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2017 10 Comments
    How to Make Your Own Cough Syrup

    What do you do for a nasty cough? You might smear Vicks VapoRub on the soles of your feet; many readers find that approach helpful. Or you might look for an over-the-counter cough syrup. In the US, th…

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2017 8 Comments
    Why You Should Leave the Vent On in an Airplane

    Is it possible to improve the air you breathe on an airplane? What about that little vent over your seat? Is it doing anything to help? Most people realize that air travel increases the chance of catc…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2017 1 Comments
    Extra Vitamin D No Benefit for Kids with Colds

    People with low levels of vitamin D appear more susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections (Zhang et al, PLOS One, Dec. 9, 2016) and even pneumonia (Haugen et al, Pediatric Research, online Jul…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2017 10 Comments
    Is Vitamin D Good for Colds? Will it Battle the …

    Grandmothers in Scandinavia have been forcing children to swallow cod liver oil for hundreds of years. They knew it acted as a tonic in the winter to keep colds and other upper respiratory tract infec…

    By: Joe Graedon February 6, 2017 74 Comments
    Terpin Hydrate Cough Medicine Disappearance Can …

    One of the most popular cough medicines in pharmacies for over 100 years was terpin hydrate. It was an expectorant, meaning that it was prescribed by physicians to loosen mucus and ease congestion. It…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Soothe Your Cough with Cayenne Pepper

    In the winter, when colds and flu viruses are common, one of the most common complaints is a cough that lingers long after the infection has cleared up. Of course, the congestion, sneezing and general…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 13 Comments
    Vicks On the Feet Calms Night Cough: Not a Place…

    Whenever we get a question about putting Vicks on the feet for a nighttime cough we hear from skeptics who insist that this is a placebo effect. Since there are no scientific studies to prove otherwis…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2016 4 Comments
    Can Cod Liver Oil Strengthen Your Immune System?

    As cold and flu season sets in, it makes sense to do what we can to strengthen the immune system and ward off these respiratory infections. Will cod liver oil help? To protect yourself from the flu, p…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2016 8 Comments
    Will Extra Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

    Every winter, millions of people suffer with congestion, coughs, fever and other symptoms of the common cold. They may lose days from work. (If they don't take time off, they spread the virus causing …

    By: Joe Graedon October 10, 2016 71 Comments
    Can Science Explain Why Vicks on the Feet Calms …

    Around the year 2000 a nurse called into our syndicated radio show to tell us that she calmed nighttime coughs by applying Vicks VapoRub to the soles of her children's feet. She then put socks on the …

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Prevent Colds by Taking Cod Liver Oil

    With the change in seasons, people are becoming more susceptible to coughs and sneezes. Could taking cod liver oil help them avoid colds or recover more quickly? A History of Cod Liver Oil: Q. I'd li…

    By: Joe Graedon March 3, 2016 20 Comments
    Is There a Natural Herbal Remedy for Colds?

    Colds that hit late in the season can be especially nasty. This reader has really suffered: Q. I have a terrible time with colds and flu symptoms all the time. No sooner do I get over one cold than I …

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 8 Comments
    How to Prevent Colds by Taking Supplements

    People have been searching for centuries for a way to prevent colds. That, we've been told, was one of the motivations for dosing children with cod liver oil in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Non…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2016 11 Comments
    Can You Boost Your Immune System with Extra Zinc…

    Most people would like to improve their immune function at this time of year. Viruses that cause colds and influenza are everywhere and even vigorous hand washing may not protect you from coming down …

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 19 Comments
    Taking Garlic at the First Sign of a Cold

    During cold season, it can be difficult to follow all the rules that are supposed to protect us from cold viruses. We can certainly wash our hands many times a day and refrain from touching our faces.…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2016 14 Comments
    How to Cut Your Chance of Catching a Cold

    Even if you didn't go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house in the past few weeks, there is a good chance you did some traveling. That means you almost assuredly were exposed to …

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2015 3 Comments
    Vicks on the Soles of the Feet Eased Horrible Co…

    In this season of colds and flu, a lot of people are troubled with persistent coughing. Although many expect that once the cold goes away, the cough will vanish as well, it can take several weeks long…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2015 4 Comments
    Tincture of Thyme Fended Off Cold

    Physicians don't usually learn much in medical school about herbs, home remedies or even dietary supplements. As a result, they often tend to be skeptical of these unconventional approaches to healing…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2015 1 Comments
    Sleep Deprived People Caught Colds Easily

    New research confirms your grandmother was right: getting enough sleep keeps your immune system in good working order. Those who get less than five hours nightly should be considered sleep deprived pe…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2015 5 Comments
    Tart Cherry Juice for Marathon Runners

    Tart cherry juice has anti-inflammatory properties and may help athletes recover faster from intense exercise. Tart Cherry Juice Study: British investigators found that if marathon runners drank tart …

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2015 7 Comments
    Swallow Zinc Pills Instead of Sucking Zinc Lozen…

    Q. I usually enjoy your column but your answer to one question sounded really dumb. A reader with a cold asked how to get rid of the terrible taste and nausea caused by zinc lozenges, and you said the…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2014 7 Comments
    Home Remedies or Brand Names for the Common Cold…

    The sniffle season has arrived. Commercials for cold and flu medicine are everywhere. But what should you buy? Is Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold & Flu Liquid Gels the answer or should you select Tyl…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2014 3 Comments
    Will Echinacea Prevent Colds? Results from Studi…

    Many people think of Echinacea as a natural way to prevent or fight off colds. The independent evaluators at the Cochrane Collaboration analyzed 24 randomized controlled trials of Echinacea for the co…

    By: Terry Graedon December 15, 2013 18 Comments
    Could Vitamin D Keep You Healthy This Winter?

    Despite increasing scientific scrutiny of the benefits of vitamin D, there is still mystery and confusion about this essential nutrient. Part of the complexity is due to the fact that vitamin D is not…

    By: Terry Graedon November 11, 2013 9 Comments
    Should You Choose Medication or Home Remedies to…

    Are you sniffling and sneezing yet? If not, chances are that you soon will be. Cold season is upon us! Experts estimate that adults will average two to four colds this year. Kids often get six to ten …

    By: Joe Graedon January 14, 2013 6 Comments
    Elderberry Extract Against Colds

    Q. I have found that elderberry extract really helps against the common cold. If I start taking it soon enough I can keep the cold from getting a foothold. A. German researchers have found that a stan…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2013 15 Comments
    Does a Chill Cause a Cold?

    Q. When I get sweaty from working outside in the winter and then get chilled, I frequently start to feel a sore throat coming on within several hours. It often develops into a full-blown cold. I belie…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2012 4 Comments
    Probiotics Against Colds

    College dormitories are breeding grounds for colds and other upper respiratory infections. The young people in them live in close quarters and are often sleep-deprived. But research suggests that prob…