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Can you catch a cold from a £5 note handed to you as change when shopping? What about that mouse at the office computer everyone uses?
Cold and flu viruses are more commonly found in the winter and especially so when people around you have the infection. It was once thought that you picked up these infections directly from coughs or sneezes. We now know that it is not as simple as this.
Coughs and sneezes do spread viruses but so do the hands of those suffering from colds or flu. Public surfaces such as door handles, escalators, telephones and lift-buttons can be covered with bugs – in some cases, more bugs than the average toilet seat!
You pick up cold and flu viruses up by touching these ‘infected’ surfaces then transfer them to your nose or mouth. Just observe how often people touch their faces with their hands – scientists tell us that this happens up to 100 times an hour. Try as we may, some habits are hard to break!
Don’t let colds and flu stop you this winter. Read our new Colds & Flu Infographic Fact Sheet to find out the key facts about colds and flu, and what you can do to avoid coming in contact with infectious viruses this winter.
An International Conference held in London on 27th and 28th September 2012 saw an impressive gathering of scientists involved in research into viral infections and other scientific areas, discussing the implications of newly published research on an extract of freshly harvested Echinacea purpurea known as Echinaforce® drops. Continue reading >
Waking up with catarrh dripping down the back of your throat; finding it difficult to breath quietly; not being able to exercise without struggling for breath; feeling like you’re always clearing your throat – such are the delights of a congested airway.
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The UK medicines regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced on the 20th of August that echinacea should not be taken by children under 12 years of age because of an association with a ‘low risk of allergic reactions’.
However, the MHRA has indicated that ‘this is not a serious safety issue’ and that ‘parents should not worry if they have given Echinacea to children under 12 in the past’. Continue reading >
“We know that the commercial tomato is a terrible product,” says Dr Harry Klee from the University of Florida.
Many people with discerning taste buds and a remembrance of the flavours of tomatoes in times past would agree. Why are we unable to get a tasty tomato mouthful any more? Continue reading >