Cold and Flu Blog

A collection of information on the latest research into the common cold and flu. We all suffer, yet we do not really know much about these maladies. And why haven't we found a cure? If you want to send me an article, or comments or criticism, send email to: coldandflu2004@yahoo.com

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Here is the lowdown on zinc.
posted by Chris  # 6/01/2004 06:18:00 PM

Monday, May 17, 2004

Flu vaccine seen as business opportunity. Competition heats up.
posted by Chris  # 5/17/2004 09:08:00 AM

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Study says echinacea does little to prevent colds.
posted by Chris  # 5/12/2004 12:11:00 PM

Monday, May 10, 2004

Common cold no excuse for time off, say employers.
Boy, those British are tough cookies!
I like that new phrase "mucus troopers". Wonder if it will catch on.
posted by Chris  # 5/10/2004 09:27:00 AM
FLU During Pregnancy Linked to Schizophrenia
posted by Chris  # 5/10/2004 09:25:00 AM
The world is teetering on the edge of a pandemic that could kill a large fraction of the human population...
It costs money to read the whole article, but the graphic is pretty cool, and I was able to look at it for free.
posted by Chris  # 5/10/2004 09:04:00 AM

Sunday, April 25, 2004

New York Man infected with bird flu. Nobody knows how.
posted by Chris  # 4/25/2004 04:25:00 PM
CDC Says Flu Shots Will Be Stockpiled for First Time
posted by Chris  # 4/25/2004 04:21:00 PM
This press release looks pretty suspect. But it caught my eye!
posted by Chris  # 4/25/2004 04:19:00 PM
An international team of researchers has discovered that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common cold virus causing bronchiolitis in children, can act as a 'hit and hide' virus. It was thought that the virus could only survive in the body for a few days, but these new results show that the virus can survive for many months or years, perhaps causing long-term effects on health, such as damage to the lungs.
posted by Chris  # 4/25/2004 04:17:00 PM
"Cultivating Cures: Biotech Industry Turns to Plant-Bred Drugs"
ROWS OF GENETICALLY altered tobacco plants fill a Hayward greenhouse, but they're not intended for cigarettes or cigars. Instead, they carry human antibodies that may one day help ward off tooth decay and the common cold..."RhinoRX," the company's antibody that aims to prevent the common cold (rhinovirus), will begin clinical trials by the end of the year at the University of Virginia.
posted by Chris  # 4/25/2004 04:09:00 PM

Thursday, April 08, 2004

An estimated seven out of 10 Americans receive antibiotics unnecessarily when they seek treatment for a common cold...
posted by Chris  # 4/08/2004 11:04:00 AM
World trade impact of avian influenza.
posted by Chris  # 4/08/2004 11:00:00 AM
In order to ensure the availability of influenza vaccine for administration early this coming fall, the AMA (American Medical Association) recommends that physicians and providers begin to order supplies of influenza vaccine immediately.
posted by Chris  # 4/08/2004 10:56:00 AM
If you lost your sense of smell after using Zicam, call the FDA.
posted by Chris  # 4/08/2004 10:53:00 AM

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Scientists have discovered how bacteria that cause infections such as anthrax, bubonic plague and typhoid avoid the body's immune system -- a finding that could pave ways to control the deadly diseases.
Could it also lead to more sophisticated biological weapons?
posted by Chris  # 4/01/2004 12:23:00 PM
Health Experts Call for Stockpiling of Anti-Flu Drugs.
posted by Chris  # 4/01/2004 12:13:00 PM
I'm just posting this becasue it explains how the cold virus is being used to make vaccines. If you want to read the full article it is here.

"AdVac(tm) technology is a vaccine technology developed by Crucell and is considered to play an important role in the fight against emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and in biodefense. The technology supports the practice of inserting genetic material from the disease-causing virus or parasite into a 'vehicle' called a vector, which then delivers the immunogenic material directly to the immune system. Most vectors are based on an adenovirus, the virus that causes the common cold."
posted by Chris  # 4/01/2004 12:07:00 PM
More on the zinc and Zicam issue.
posted by Chris  # 4/01/2004 12:06:00 PM
Dateline OKLAHOMA CITY -- A bill to that would restrict the sale of cold tablets that contain pseudoephedrine is heading to the governor.
If I lived in Oklahoma, I'd be crushed. I love the giddy feeling I get from Sudafed!
posted by Chris  # 4/01/2004 12:01:00 PM
Vietnam declares itself free of bird flu. UN skeptical.
posted by Chris  # 4/01/2004 11:59:00 AM
European Union lifts ban on US and Canadian poultry imports.
posted by Chris  # 4/01/2004 11:56:00 AM
Cell Genesys Has Cancer Killing Virus.

I think I posted something about this before.
posted by Chris  # 4/01/2004 09:33:00 AM


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