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Fighting a cold: News from 35 years ago!

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I think that sucking on zinc lozenges to reduce the severity and duration of colds, if started immediately at the first sign of symptoms, was well known 35 years ago, when people told me to do that. And it was not at all difficult to find zinc lozenges, either. So how is this (reported in the NY Times) news?

Scientists still haven’t discovered a cure for the common cold, but researchers now say zinc may be the next best thing.

A sweeping new review of the medical research on zinc shows that sniffing, sneezing, coughing and stuffy-headed cold sufferers finally have a better option than just tissue and chicken soup. When taken within 24 hours of the first runny nose or sore throat, zinc lozenges, tablets or syrups can cut colds short by an average of a day or more and sharply reduce the severity of symptoms, according to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, a respected medical clearinghouse.

In some of the cited studies, the benefits of zinc were significant. A March 2008 report in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, for example, found that zinc lozenges cut the duration of colds to four days from seven days, and reduced coughing to two days from five. . .

Continue reading. The article suggests that these are the most reliable zinc lozenges to use.

Written by LeisureGuy

15 February 2011 at 5:44 pm

Posted in Daily life, Medical, Science

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