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Good Bacteria to Prevent the Flu? Interpreting the Data Is Messy

24 May 2018

“We have a ton of studies that have shown that eating [Danone’s DanActive yogurt with L. casei probiotics] at a dose of about two containers per day can actually decrease your incidence and...

Should we be Anti all Anti-Microbial Products?

8 Feb 2018

We received a question about antibacterial soaps, namely why should or shouldn’t we be using them? And if we’re supposed to avoid antibacterial soap, why is Purell, an antimicrobial agent, allowed?

H3N2 Influenza: Why Is It Called H3N2?

10 Jan 2018

It may seem as if flu viruses get chosen based on a sluggish and never-ending game of bingo....

Airplane air doesn't make you sick

11 May 2017

It’s time to put to rest the idea that plane air will make you sick. While the thought makes sense, as the air on a plane is indeed recycled, and the many passengers are spreading their germs into...

Can "Kombucha tea" prevent the flu?

20 Mar 2017

While some people are looking to stockpile Tamiflu in case the bird flu strikes, a few others are placing their bets on a foul concoction with a folkloric history of curing everything from AIDS and...

Is Chicken Soup Really Good for the Common Cold?

20 Mar 2017

Moses Maimoindes, the noted physician/philosopher sure thought so over 800 years ago when he recommended it to his patients. Modern research has actually shown that chicken soup, more than other...

Time for the Flu Shot!

20 Mar 2017

Influenza is a nasty illness. It isn’t just a bad cold. This viral infection kills up to half a million people in the world every year. And that’s in a good year. In a bad year, like 1968, the Hong...

The H1N1 Influenza - An Injection of Reason

20 Mar 2017

I think the time has come to panic. But not about catching the H1N1 “swine flu.” And not about the alleged risks of the vaccine that can protect against it. For the vast majority of people, the flu...

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