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Sunday, 15 June 2014

The Common Cold

Acute hasopharyngitis is more commonly known as the common cold.

Alka-Seltzer was introduced by the Dr. Miles Medical Company of Elkhart, Indiana, on December 3, 1931. Its origin was traced to the newsroom of The Elkhart Truth, where reporters mixed aspirin with bicarbonate of soda to ward off winter colds. A Miles chemist added citric acid for taste.

There's very little proof that vitamin C actually has any effect on preventing or treating the common cold, although after reviewing 60 years of clinical research it was found that when taken daily, vitamin C very slightly shortens cold duration, by 8% in adults and 14% in children.

When asked about a good cure for colds Sir Alexander Fleming responded "A good gulp of hot whisky at bedtime-its not very scientific but it helps."

It is pretty tough to catch a cold through kissing because the virus develops in your nose and eyes, not your mouth.

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