In news with several layers of weird, researchers have determined that the mix of bacteria that live inside your nose correlates with the type and severity of cold symptoms you develop.
A 2-year-old chimp named Betty, who succumbed to the virus. Courtesy of Richard Wrangham
Human rhinovirus (HRV), the culprit behind most colds, is the leading cause of hospitalization for premature babies.
Among children 1 to 5 years of age, daily high-dose administration of vitamin D did not reduce overall wintertime upper respiratory tract infections, according to a study published by JAMA.
Two randomized trials that examined the effects of zinc lozenges for the duration of common cold symptoms found that colds were shortened on average by 4.0 days and by 1.77 days.
There is no significant difference between zinc acetate lozenges and zinc gluconate lozenges regarding their efficacy in shortening the duration of common colds according to a meta-analysis published in Journal of the Royal Society of Med
The relationship between vitamin C dosage and its effects on the duration of the common cold symptoms may extend to 6 to 8 grams per day.
Suffering through a cold is annoying enough, but if you're lonely, you're likely to feel even worse, according to Rice University researchers. A study led by Rice psychologist Chris Fagundes and graduate student Angie LeRoy indicated people who feel lonely are more prone to report that their cold symptoms are more severe than those who have stronger social networks.
Kids get colds – sometimes, lots of them. But when runny noses and coughs turn into troubled breathing, the problem could indicate RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus.
The common cold is a major source of annoyance for most of us, but new research has found that the most prevalent respiratory infection can be far worse than a stuffy nose for one sector of the population -- bone marrow transplant patient