Ah choo by jennifer ackerman

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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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Ha-ah-choo!

Ah-Choo! Author Injects Herself With Cold Virus

Jennifer Ackerman 's writing experiment -- getting injected with the common cold -- was nothing to sniffle at. For three days, she was holed up in a three-star hotel so University of Virginia researchers could test a new nasal spray. Ackerman chronicles what might have been a miserable weekend, "a hybrid of holiday, hospital, and prison," in her latest book, " Ah-Choo! It'll go straight to your chest. Most Americans can expect up to colds in their lifetimes, spending as much as five years in bed.

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A quarter of the people infected with a cold virus don't get sick. What's so different about these folks? When it comes to colds, being young is no advantage: Teenagers catch twice as many as people over fifty. It's 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. You're 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!

Some colds are like mice, timid and annoying; others like dragons, accompanied by body aches and deep misery. They've also learned over the past decade much more about what cold viruses are, what they do to the human body, and how symptoms can be addressed. In this ode to the odious cold, Ackerman sifts through the chatter about treatments-what works, what doesn't, and what can't hurt. She dispels myths, such as susceptibility to colds reflects a weakened immune system. And she 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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Flee K. says:

    The care and keeping of me american girl who called in the multiple alarms for montags house

  2. Nikole C. says:

    Ah-choo! | Jennifer Ackerman Book | Buy Now | at Mighty Ape NZ

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