Infectious Disease Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Dark Chocoate and Coughs

    Dark Chocolate and Coughs

    You’ve heard of DM cough syrups. How about DC cough remedies? DM is an abbreviation for an over-the-counter cough suppressant called dextromethorphan. What is DC? It.s the nickname given by members of the community to dark chocolate. Codeine is stronger against coughs than DM. Could DC be even more effective? And if so, how […]

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  • Chocolate and Coughs

    Chocolate and Coughs

    Could chocolate be more effective than codeine in treating coughs? And if so, how much chocolate would it take? Research published November 17, 2004 in FJ Express, which will appear in The FASEB Journal in January 2005, makes a strong case that dark chocolate may be a powerful cough suppressant. A cough is a healthy, […]

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  • Mild Flu Year?!?

    Mild Flu Year?!?

    It’s too soon to say for sure, but early signs suggest that this year may be a mild flu season in the United States – despite the fear frenzy the flu vaccine shortage has fueled. Here’s the first clue: the flu season that is just ending in the Southern Hemisphere has been a mild one. […]

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  • Mercury Free versus No Added Mercury

    Mercury Free versus No Added Mercury

    A concerned father recently contacted me about the no-added-mercury flu vaccine. He had called the manufacturers who admitted that there were still trace amounts of mercury in the vaccine. He wanted to know from me whether there was a brand available for young children that was totally free of mercury. Sadly, in the United States […]

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  • Do You Know Where Germs Are Waiting for Your Kids?

    Do You Know Where Germs Are Waiting for Your Kids?

    In a recent survey 1,000 people were asked where they thought disease-causing germs were most likely to be found: shopping cart handles, porta potties, playground equipment, escalator handrails, or picnic tables. The results were compared to the real culprits disclosed in a paper by University of Arizona professor Dr. Charles Gerba, one of the nation’s […]

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  • Zinc for Pneumonia

    Zinc for Pneumonia

    What we eat affects our health. Zinc is an essential nutrient that has many functions in the body, including being critical for optimal operation of the immune system. We know that getting enough zinc can be useful for preventing and treating diarrhea. We know that it can be effective for preventing respiratory infections, including pneumonia.

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  • West Nile Babies

    West Nile Babies

    What happens when pregnant women get bitten by a mosquito? West Nile virus infection has become increasingly common in the United States. In 2003 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received reports of about 9,100 new people with West Nile virus (WNV). This is more than double the number of cases in 2002. […]

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  • Soap and Water or Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers?

    Soap and Water or Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers?

    Isn’t ordinary soap and water just as effective as using these other products?

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  • Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers and Antibacterial Soaps

    Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers and Antibacterial Soaps

    Are alcohol-based hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps the same?

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  • What Hand Hygiene Product Should I Use?

    What Hand Hygiene Product Should I Use?

    How can consumers know they are buying the right hand hygiene product?

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