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Top 10 Health Not Totally True

Seems like just about every day the headlines are full of some new health news… Let’s set the record straight on ten of the commonly repeated myths we’ve been hearing out there… and the facts you need to know.

1. You must drink 8 glasses of water a day. Research finds that those who drink a glass of water when they feel thirsty get enough liquid to stay healthy and keep hydrated. Foods that have lots of water… soup, fruit and veggies, as well as drinks like juice, coffee and tea are all ways to keep your body hydrated. The only time you should up your water intake is if your urine is a dark, yellow, you’re very active (or live) in a hot climate or if you don’t pass urine regularly.

2. Eggs are bad for your heart. Don’t despair egg lovers, eating an egg (or two) a day won’t raise the risk of heart disease in someone who is healthy. Sure the yolks are natural sources of cholesterol, but the amount isn’t as bad for you as the mix of fats from all the other foods you’re eating. Plus, eggs have lots of natural nutrients, including omega-3, that have been shown to be beneficial.

3. Antiperspirant cause breast cancer. There are some experts who believe that the chemicals in deodorants and antiperspirants can be absorbed into the skin of your underarm, and then end up in breast tissue and increase the chances of tumors in this area. Yet the National Cancer Institute says there is absolutely no evidence connecting these products with breast cancer.

4. Being chilled gives you a cold. Despite what you may have been told, spending too much time in the cold air does not make you more likely to get sick. In fact, you’re more apt to get sick when spending time indoors, where germs are released into the air from coughs and sneezed and have nowhere to go. In research on men who spent time out in the cold, they actually had an increase in virus fighting action in their immune systems. So go out, enjoy the fresh, icy air without the worry that you’ll catch a cold.

5. You need to take a daily multivitamin. Researchers do not all agree that multivitamins can make up for the nutrients you aren’t getting from what you eat. If you’ve been told to take a vitamin by your healthcare professional, then do so. If you’re pregnant you need folic acid daily. Of course the best way to get nutrients is from the foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, healthy oils) that you eat on a regular basis, not a pill.

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6. Eat breakfast to lose weight. Sure eating breakfast is important, and it does help some people with weight because it holds off hunger, and may keep you from picking on snacks later in the day. But even if you hate eating breakfast, you can slim down according to a Cornell University study. Non-breakfast eaters were found to take in about 400 fewer calories each day. So for some people, not eating that first meal of the day works just fine.

7. Green mucus means infection. Unfortunately, the leavings on a tissue do not take the place of lab tests, and do not indicate infection by color. Research has found that green or yellow mucus is slightly more common in some infections, but this is no sure sign that you have something or need treatment with antibiotics.

8. Sugar makes kids hyper. Though we know that sugar isn’t good for a child, research finds that it doesn’t cause them to act out, or harm their work at school or keep them focusing. Parents believe (expect) there’s a link, and see what they expect.

9. A toilet seat can make you sick. Despite what you’ve been told, toilet seats are pretty clean, it’s the doors and handles and floors of the rest room that are home to some pretty nasty microbes. Cover your hand with a paper towel before you touch handles or doors, and be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer every time.

10. Cracking joints causes arthritis. Even though the sound might make you cringe, there’s no harm. The cracking comes from a gas bubble that forms between the bones and pops. Studies have found it doesn’t play any part in arthritis. If you do feel pain when you do it, stop and see your doctor.

To your good health,

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How Zinc Fights Infection

Many of you have probably tried a zinc cold lozenge in hopes of fighting off a cold, and now a new bit of research in the journal Cell Reports may explain how this essential, relatively simple mineral might work. The study, led by Daren Knoell who is a professor of pharmacy and internal medicine at Ohio Statue University uncovered just how zinc works to balance the immune systems response to infection, tapping the brakes (so to speak) to prevent out of control inflammation.

On the cellular level zinc stops the activity of a protein that plays a key role in our natural immune response to infection. It acts to keep inflammation in check, inflammation that can be damaging, even deadly.

Surprisingly, a deficiency of zinc affects almost 2 billion people the world over, and this figure includes about 40% of the elderly in the United States. The lack of this mineral can have some unpleasant consequences for vulnerable people, or at the time of an infection could be very serious according to the researchers. If you don’t have enough zinc your immune system is amplified, and not in a good way.

After looking at animal studies and human cell cultures of those with sepsis (a dangerous systemic response to infection), Knoell and his team saw that a specific protein draws zinc into key infection fighting cells, first responders in the fight against infection. Here it balances the immune response. This is the first time this pathway has been studied. In earlier work in animals, Knoell found that mice deficient in zinc developed significant inflammation in response to sepsis than did the mice fed a normal diet.

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This might explain why taking zinc supplements at the beginning of a cold seems to ease your symptoms. In the future, there may be therapeutic benefit to giving zinc supplements to some patients with certain conditions. But no one is saying that if very ill patients in hospital ICS’s, where sepsis can be life threatening, would benefit from supplements of zinc. Not all patients might need them, perhaps only a portion.

The team also believes that the findings are applicable to other diseases and will continue to study this pathway, inflammation and zinc deficiency. Without enough zinc to start with, perhaps people are more likely to pick up an infection.

Most healthy adults should be getting from 8 (for women) to 11 (for men) milligrams of zinc each day. The U.S. National Institutes of Health tells us that natural sources of zinc include red meat and poultry. Other rich sources of zinc include nuts, beans, some shellfish (oysters, crab, lobster), whole grains, dairy products and fortified cereals. It’s also available as an affordable, easy to take dietary supplement.

If you’re looking for ways to help your immune system, living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best. This includes getting regular exercise (20 minutes with your heart rate up, three times a week), eating more natural sources of antioxidants (besides zinc, vitamin C, and E and beta carotene), being sure you’re getting enough sleep as fatigue increases your susceptibility to illness. Rounding out the list, manage your stress levels as cutting stress brings down levels of cortisol and helps you sleep better. Perhaps most fun of all… laugh as this brings down the levels of stress hormones and increases a type of white blood cell that fights infection.

To your good health,

Stop An Oncoming Cold With These 9 Tips

The average healthy adult can expect to get up to three colds a year, each lasting on average a total of 9 days. The good news is that while modern medicine has no “cure” for the common cold, there are things you can do at the first signs (tickle in the throat, stuffy head, body aches) that will help stop your cold in its tracks, and have you feeling better, faster.

As soon as you feel that first cold symptom:

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Start drinking water, juice or tea. Keeping yourself hydrated eases symptoms
like a stuffy nose and sore throat. Add some chicken soup for lunch or dinner,
as research suggests this age-old remedy really does help cold symptoms.

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Gargle with salt water. Add a half teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water
and gargle with the contents. The salt reduces the inflammation in your throat
by drawing out extra water in the tissues, while also helping to clear mucous
and irritants from the back of the throat. This also flushes out bacteria and
viruses.

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Keep your nose clean with a saline nasal spray. According to some studies this
can be helpful clearing the buildup of mucous

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Take a hot shower. Spending time in warm moist air helps clear your nasal passages,
relax away aches and pains in the muscles.

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Take an over the counter pain relieve like acetaminophen (or whatever your doctor
has told you to use for pain) to ease the aches of the oncoming cold. You might
also try products for runny nose and watery eyes or to clear your sinuses.

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Skip the over-the-counter cough medication as natural honey works just as well
and tastes a whole lot better. Take one to two tablespoons right from the jar
or added into tea. Skip the zinc lozenges or sprays, there’s not just any conclusive
evidence that they do anything.

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Slow down if you can. Your body can fight off the cold virus more effectively
if you’re well rested. If you have to go into work or run into people, keep your
distance. The first few days of a cold are when you’re most likely to pass it
on to others. Once you do get home, be sure to get as good a night’s sleep as
possible.

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Some light exercise can actually boost the immune system; so if you feel up to
it, try an easy workout.

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Eating healthy can help your immune system. Try to choose a dinner that has lots
of proteins from lean meats, fish or beans along with a whole grain side such
as brown rice. Add to that some antioxidant rich veggies and you have a great
healthy meal that will have you satisfied without feeling overloaded.

The next day, if you feel the same, or better, keep taking care of yourself just to be sure that you get rid of the cold for good. If your nagging cold symptoms don’t clear within two weeks, a call to your doctor is in order.

If you wake the morning after feeling worse, have a fever, start vomiting or have a headache that’s getting more intense, call your doctor and get in for a visit. These symptoms can be signs you might have something more than the common cold, like the flu or an infection that could be helped by prompt medical treatment.

To your good health,

How Zinc Fights Infection

Many of you have probably tried a zinc cold lozenge in hopes of fighting off a cold, and now a new bit of research in the journal Cell Reports may explain how this essential, relatively simple mineral might work. The study, led by Daren Knoell who is a professor of pharmacy and internal medicine at Ohio Statue University uncovered just how zinc works to balance the immune systems response to infection, tapping the brakes (so to speak) to prevent out of control inflammation.

On the cellular level zinc stops the activity of a protein that plays a key role in our natural immune response to infection. It acts to keep inflammation in check, inflammation that can be damaging, even deadly.

Surprisingly, a deficiency of zinc affects almost 2 billion people the world over, and this figure includes about 40% of the elderly in the United States. The lack of this mineral can have some unpleasant consequences for vulnerable people, or at the time of an infection could be very serious according to the researchers. If you don’t have enough zinc your immune system is amplified, and not in a good way.

After looking at animal studies and human cell cultures of those with sepsis (a dangerous systemic response to infection), Knoell and his team saw that a specific protein draws zinc into key infection fighting cells, first responders in the fight against infection. Here it balances the immune response. This is the first time this pathway has been studied. In earlier work in animals, Knoell found that mice deficient in zinc developed significant inflammation in response to sepsis than did the mice fed a normal diet.

This might explain why taking zinc supplements at the beginning of a cold seems to ease your symptoms. In the future, there may be therapeutic benefit to giving zinc supplements to some patients with certain conditions. But no one is saying that if very ill patients in hospital ICS’s, where sepsis can be life threatening, would benefit from supplements of zinc. Not all patients might need them, perhaps only a portion.

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The team also believes that the findings are applicable to other diseases and
will continue to study this pathway, inflammation and zinc deficiency. Without
enough zinc to start with, perhaps people are more likely to pick up an infection.

Most healthy adults should be getting from 8 (for women) to 11 (for men) milligrams of zinc each day. The U.S. National Institutes of Health tells us that natural sources of zinc include red meat and poultry. Other rich sources of zinc include nuts, beans, some shellfish (oysters, crab, lobster), whole grains, dairy products and fortified cereals. It’s also available as an affordable, easy to take dietary supplement.

If you’re looking for ways to help your immune system, living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best. This includes getting regular exercise (20 minutes with your heart rate up, three times a week), eating more natural sources of antioxidants (besides zinc, vitamin C, and E and beta carotene), being sure you’re getting enough sleep as fatigue increases your susceptibility to illness. Rounding out the list, manage your stress levels as cutting stress brings down levels of cortisol and helps you sleep better. Perhaps most fun of all… laugh as this brings down the levels of stress hormones and increases a type of white blood cell that fights infection.

To your good health,

Prevent Flu At Home

With flu season now in full swing, anything that will slow the spread is welcome. A new study in the respected journal PLoS One finds there might be a very simple way to reduce the risk of infection… upping humidity levels. If indoor humidity levels are raised to 43% or higher, the researchers saw that they were able to render 86% of airborne virus particles powerless.

To look at the role humidity plays in flu transmission, John Noti, who is a senior service fellow with the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Health Effects Laboratory Division and his team relied on mechanical mannequins and tissue cultures instead of live human subjects.

Here’s how the study worked, a coughing mannequin acting as a patient was placed in a tightly sealed and disinfected hospital exam room and allowed to “cough” by being outfitted with aerosolized virus. At the same time, a breathing mannequin who was the caregiver faced the coughing patient at a distance of just under 7 feet. The breathing caregiver was programmed to inhale in time with the coughing, samples of the inhaled air were taken at different points for up to five hours after exposure to the coughing patient.

All during the testing, humidity levels were changed from a low of 7% to a high of 73% relative humidity. When the humidity levels were set at 43% only 14% of the virus particles that were released by the coughing were able to transmit the virus. This compares to a transmission rate of 7% to 77% in a low humidity environment, in the range of 23% relative humidity. The good news is that the protective impact of the higher humidity levels was pretty fast, the inactivation taking place within 15 minutes of when the particles were first coughed into the air.

Of course it remains to be seen if the study findings on humidity can be applied effectively to a real world medical setting. The most practical application of the idea would likely be in hospitals where protecting staff would be most valuable.

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Experts like Dr. Marc Siegel, a clinical associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center agree that the reasoning makes sense. Viral droplets fall to the ground in humid air because water travels better on dry air. It’s well known that moisture stops the movement of germs (as it does bioterror weapons and other chemicals) as they combine with the moisture and drop.

When relative humidity reaches the 70s is when we feel uncomfortable.

It’s no accident that in the winter months, when the flu or other viruses are most likely to be spread, it’s hard to keep humidity at 45% because you have to compete with all the dry heat being pumped into rooms that are at 20% relative humidity, if you’re lucky. In a home space, you’d have trouble keeping humidity this high, even if you confined the patient to one room and used humidifiers of the proper size while keeping doors and windows closed.

Each year the flu kills over 36,000 people and sends 200,000 more to the hospital. It’s a serious illness that can hospitalize or kill even the young and healthy. What might inhibit the oxytocin response? Things like high stress, abuse in childhood that was early and severe in nature, some psychiatric disorders and the high testosterone of young men.

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Prevent Flu At Home

With flu season now in full swing, anything that will slow the spread is welcome. A new study in the respected journal PLoS One finds there might be a very simple way to reduce the risk of infection… upping humidity levels. If indoor humidity levels are raised to 43% or higher, the researchers saw that they were able to render 86% of airborne virus particles powerless.

To look at the role humidity plays in flu transmission, John Noti, who is a senior service fellow with the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Health Effects Laboratory Division and his team relied on mechanical mannequins and tissue cultures instead of live human subjects.

Here’s how the study worked, a coughing mannequin acting as a patient was placed in a tightly sealed and disinfected hospital exam room and allowed to “cough” by being outfitted with aerosolized virus. At the same time, a breathing mannequin who was the caregiver faced the coughing patient at a distance of just under 7 feet. The breathing caregiver was programmed to inhale in time with the coughing, samples of the inhaled air were taken at different points for up to five hours after exposure to the coughing patient.

All during the testing, humidity levels were changed from a low of 7% to a high of 73% relative humidity. When the humidity levels were set at 43% only 14% of the virus particles that were released by the coughing were able to transmit the virus. This compares to a transmission rate of 7% to 77% in a low humidity environment, in the range of 23% relative humidity. The good news is that the protective impact of the higher humidity levels was pretty fast, the inactivation taking place within 15 minutes of when the particles were first coughed into the air.

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When relative humidity reaches the 70s is when we feel uncomfortable.

It’s no accident that in the winter months, when the flu or other viruses are most likely to be spread, it’s hard to keep humidity at 45% because you have to compete with all the dry heat being pumped into rooms that are at 20% relative humidity, if you’re lucky. In a home space, you’d have trouble keeping humidity this high, even if you confined the patient to one room and used humidifiers of the proper size while keeping doors and windows closed.

Each year the flu kills over 36,000 people and sends 200,000 more to the hospital. It’s a serious illness that can hospitalize or kill even the young and healthy. What might inhibit the oxytocin response? Things like high stress, abuse in childhood that was early and severe in nature, some psychiatric disorders and the high testosterone of young men.

To your good health,

How Long To Clear A Cold

Coughs bring many people to the doctor, especially at this time of year. What most patients are hoping for is a quick resolution… within the week, yet a new U.S. study has found that coughs take longer to clear than most of us expect, and the difference between how long someone expects a cough to last, and how long it actually does last, may bring patients back to the doctor asking for antibiotics that will be no help and may be trouble in terms of encouraging the growth of drug resistant organisms.

It’s important to understand that a cough is the natural way the body has to remove foreign material or mucus from the lungs and passages of the upper airway, or as a reaction to an irritated airway. Coughs are a symptom, not a disease on their own.

For the work the team, led by Mark Ebell from the University of Georgia in Athens, conducted a telephone survey of 493 adults who lived in the state of Georgia, about how long they expected a cough to last based on a hypothetical situation – that they had a 100.5-degree fever and were coughing up yellow mucus. Most people thought that this cough would clear in from 7 to 9 days.

The researchers then looked at 19 earlier studies on severe coughs that kept track of how long the cough actually lasted. In those works they saw it took a cough, on average, 17.8 days to go away. The findings were published in the Annals of Family Medicine, showing the difference between expectations and reality in terms of cough, and pointing out the risk of antibiotic overuse.

The concern from researchers was that the unrealistic expectations of patients could bring them back to the doctor asking for antibiotics that won’t do anything to speed the recovery, cost money, and open them up to allergic reactions or unpleasant side effects.

Doctors need to explain to their patients that a cough can take a while to clear, and to expect a good three-week recovery. Such expectations also fuel the fires of inappropriate antibiotic use, despite evidence that getting these medications at any point in the illness isn’t going to make it clear any faster. Patients need to understand that sometimes, the best medicine is no medicine, and instead to let nature take its course and give the body time to heal.

If you think antibiotic overuse doesn’t happen, figures from 2006 found that about 50% of patients who went to the doctor with an acute cough were in fact given an antibiotic. But these drugs work against bacteria, and most coughs are caused by viruses.

When a cough merits a return to the doctor…

- If you bring up blood when you cough

- If you are short of breath

- If your cough lasts more than 1 month

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Barring these things, your best bet if you’re hacking and coughing is to give your body time to recover. Remember that the color of what you bring up, though it seems like it should be a signal of illness, really means little to the doctor. Most coughs resolve on their own; no matter what color the phlegm.

Antibiotics are wonderful medications, and surely save lives, but they must be used when clearly needed. Misuse has already increased the number of drug resistant organisms out there. The human body is an amazing mechanism, and once your immune system gets going, an invading the virus is defeated and the hacking and coughing become a thing of the past.

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Antibiotics Ineffective For Chest Infections

If you’ve got a cough that just won’t go, perhaps caused by a mild chest infection, antibiotics aren’t likely to help in your treatment according to a report in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. Chest infections are one of the most common complaints of patients and many are accustomed to asking for medications when they are not feeling well. Unfortunately, since most of these illnesses are caused by viruses, they typically resolve on their own, without the comfort of a prescription antibiotic.

The latest research in this area involved randomly dividing patients into two groups, one got the antibiotic and the other got a placebo to be taken three times a day for the next seven days. The work included almost 2,000 patients living in 12 European nations and asked them to complete an “illness” journal. The team saw that the severity and duration of symptoms in patients treated with antibiotics wasn’t any different than those who’d been given a placebo. Of course if pneumonia is a likely cause of symptoms then antibiotics should still be used because this condition can be so dangerous, even to the young and healthy.

Professor Paul Little of the University of Southampton believes that not only could using antibiotics like amoxicillin to treat respiratory infections in those who aren’t thought to have pneumonia not be helpful, it may potentially be hurtful to the patient. Using these medications, particularly when they aren’t going to be effective, opens the door to the development of resistance while also having the potential for some unpleasant side effects.

Earlier research in this area has delivered conflicting findings concerning antibiotic use, particularly in an older patient where chest infections can be the beginning of other complications.

What’s more, those taking the antibiotics reported side effects like nausea, rashes and diarrhea than those given the placebo pill.

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So what’s the answer? The study found that people just get better on their own. There was little difference in the severity and duration of the symptoms reported between the two groups. This was even true for older patients, 60 or older, who actually made up a full third of the study population. For most of us chest infections can be managed at home by resting, drinking lots of fluids, treating any headache, fever or pain with paracetamol or ibuprofen, and if you smoke, stop until you’re feeling better (maybe once and for all). A warm honey/lemon drink might help you feel less discomfort from coughing, though you should know that a cough is your body’s natural way of clearing mucus from the lungs.

If your chest infection symptoms don’t get better after three weeks, or they are so severe they limit your daily activities, you should see your doctor as something more may be going on.

There are a small number of patients who do benefit from antibiotic medications, the trick, of course, is to tell them from the rest. It’s important for doctors, and the public at large, to recognize that antibiotics are not always the answer, and there are consequences, such as bacterial resistance in the community, that are a serious and growing threat.

To your good health,

These 5 Fruits Fight The Flu

Sometimes it’s hard to get the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day… but with flu season upon us, there’s never been a better time to seek out health boosting foods. After all, a smart way to protect yourself from illness is to build up the strength of your own immune system. Getting sick this season is not inevitable, you can take some steps to protect yourself.

Here are some tasty fruits that experts suggest show promise in boosting your immune system…

Apples are the most popular source of those beneficial antioxidants in the diet. A single apple has an antioxidant effect that equals 1,500 mg of vitamin C, recognized for decades as being powerful when it comes to colds and flu. The tasty treat is also full of flavonoids that are showing the potential to fight both heart disease and cancer.

Bananas are one of your top food sources of vitamin B6 so they help to cut fatigue, stress, depression and even insomnia. High in magnesium, this soft, tasty fruit gives you nutrients that help keep bones strong as well as potassium that helps to fight high blood pressure and heart disease. They also serve to nourish the “good” bacteria in your digestive system.

Cranberries have more antioxidants than many other popular fruits or vegetables. One serving brings you five times the amount found in diet stars like broccoli. Cranberries function as a natural probiotic that enhances good bacteria in the digestive tract and helps protect you from foodborne illness.

Grapefruit, the dieters’ staple, is naturally packed with vitamin C and also has compounds known as limonoids that bring down cholesterol. The red grapefruit is recognized as a great source of cancer fighter lycopene.

Papayas have 250% of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin C, so a single papaya can boot that oncoming cold. This exotic fruit is loaded with beta-carotene as well as vitamins C and E that work to bring down inflammation through the body. This can lessen the effects of conditions like asthma.

It’s important to recognize that a run down body… one that isn’t resting, isn’t eating the right foods, isn’t managing stress well, offers an inviting place for organisms. And since colds and flu are so much more common in the colder months, if this is you, you’re leaving yourself an open target for a nasty illness.

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These 5 Fruits Fight The Flu Continued…

Beyond adding any, or all, of these good for you fruits to your diet, here are some other things you can do to prevent the flu…

1. Wash your hands as the flu virus is spread by both direct (sharing a drink) and indirect (a cough sends germs out into air/onto surfaces) contact.

2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

3. Cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue and throw it away immediately. You can also cough/sneeze into your sleeve and try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

4. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer when you can’t wash with soap and water, but be careful, overuse of these products can cause trouble.

5. Try to avoid, or limit your contact with anyone who has cold/flu symptoms or reports feeling unwell. Someone with flu can spread it to anyone who is within 6 feet.

To your good health,

Flu IS Different For Men And Women

It may be unfair, but men have the reputation for running to their sickbeds at the slightest cough or sniffle. Indeed there have been whole TV series episodes dedicated to the childishness of men when they are feeling under the weather. You may be able to cite similar examples in your own life, but as yet, science hasn’t found any evidence to back this claim. Interesting that the latest research in this area finds that women are the ones most likely to get the flu, mostly due to our time with children who are known to be carriers of these illnesses.

A national survey in the UK that was conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine last winter found that women were 16% more likely to report having symptoms of the flu. These symptoms include headache, fever, cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints. Other work from the University of Cambridge found evidence that women are better at fighting off infection than men. This could be the result of evolutionary factors and hormone differences that make men more likely to get infected than women.

In the animal world, the male is considered the “weaker sex” in terms of immunity. This backs the idea of “man flu” because men would be more prone to catching viruses and thus feel sick more often than females. In fact, the largest risk of flu is having children under 18. Experts point out that during her reproductive years, women get many more colds than men. Maybe we’re just used to dealing with feeling unwell?

If you’re able, the UK flu survey is up and taking responses again this season. Input is sought from anyone, of any age who has flu like symptoms, and is easily accomplished by completing an online questionnaire. The data will map the spread of flu across the country during the season. Surveys of this type help experts look at how the flu virus spreads and who gets sick, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also maintain a map with flu details.

Dr. Alma Adler, who manages the UK project, explains that this year researchers want to learn more about gender differences and the flu. Respondents will be asked questions like “how bad do you feel?” and answer on a scale of one to ten. Finding out how patients feel is the crucial thing that helps in learning more about the psychology of illness, if men and women do experience illnesses like the flu differently.

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Flu IS Different For Men And Women Continued…

Men and women perceive illness differently and act differently as well. Experts say that women are known to react differently to infection and are more sensitive to their bodies and changes in how they feel. Men tend to ignore if they can, and when they can’t take to their beds. Be aware that the so-called “man flu” can sometimes be a reaction to job or life stress.

Experts like Dr. Douglas Fleming of the Royal College of GPs points out that there’s no rule for how a flu virus might affect someone. Every virus is different… it depends on the strain and no one can tell you ahead of time how a patient is going to feel. Men, women and even children can react in their own way.

Remember, it’s still not too late to take advantage of the protection of a flu shot. Both men and women can be infected by the flu strains circulating this year. Since the season (December to March) has barely started, a vaccine still has time to become effective, to protect you from being incredibly sick or from risking some of the serious complications of the flu. Earlier shots won’t protect you, as there are new strains of flu emerging all the time.

To your good health,