Ah choo by jennifer ackerman
Ah-Choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold by Jennifer Ackerman
A quarter of the people infected with a cold virus dont get sick. Whats so different about these folks?
When it comes to colds, being young is no advantage: Teenagers catch twice as many as people over fifty.
Its strange but true: If you want to tamp down cold symptoms, boosting your immune system is actually the last thing you want to do!
The ways colds spread may surprise you. Youre probably less likely to get a cold from kissing or getting sneezed on, than you are from a simple handshake.
Some cold viruses may be capable of triggering not just colds but corpulence-not just fevers but fat!
Social butterflies get off easy: People with big, diverse social networks actually get fewer colds than those with limited social circles.
Believe it or not, colds can kill.
Youre right: Children do have runnier noses-and for good reason.
When you have a cold, TLC may be the best medicine. Studies show simple empathy may be as effective as potent drugs in treating colds, cutting short their duration by a whole day. Thats more than over-the-counter medications can claim!
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On average, we spend five years of our lives suffering from colds. Some are like mice, timid and annoying; others like dragons, accompanied by body aches and deep misery. Americans suffer up to a billion colds each year, resulting in 40 million days of missed work and school and million doctor visits. It dispels myths, such as susceptibility to colds reflects a weakened immune system. And it tracks current research, including work at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, a world-renowned center of cold research studies, where the search for a cure continues.
Perhaps the only thing more prevalent than colds is the volume of misinformation about them. Science writer Jennifer Ackerman, however, was determined to get to the bottom of what she calls the "petty plague. Having endured her maladies, Ackerman talks to TIME about whether we'll ever have a cure, why you probably don't want to "boost" your immune system, and the medicinal merits of good old chicken soup. There are so many misconceptions about colds, including the one about the weather. It has been put to rest by lots of solid studies. So, Mom, relax, it's ok to go outside with wet hair. Cold doesn't cause colds, viruses do.