Fresh news for a healthier lifestyle
Recently on University Challenge, Jeremy Paxman asked Oxford University students: “Swiss herbalist, Alfred Vogel, visited the US in the 1950’s and received a gift of seeds from which plant? A native American herbal remedy commonly known as the Coneflower, that has since been marketed as a prophylactic against minor infections”. To which the students correctly answered, Echinacea. Continue reading >
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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