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Health Highlights: July 27, 2014
U.S. Doctor Working in Liberia Is Infected With Ebola
Echinacea No Help for Colds
Echinacea, a popular but largely untested herbal remedy for the common cold, showed no benefit when given to people with sore throats and stuffy noses. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin gave capsules of the herb to 73 students suffering from cold symptoms. An additional 75 students with colds got a placebo, or dummy pill, made of alfalfa. After 10 days, members of both groups had gotten equally ill, the study found. Compared with the placebo, unrefined echinacea provided no detectable benefit or harm, researchers wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Your mental health is just as important to your overall well being as your physical health. Here's information on a range of mental health topics, plus ideas on how to cope when your life hits an emotional bump.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a name given to a group of diseases that limit the flow of air in and out of your lungs. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Long-time cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD.
Stay healthy and vigorous into old age by eating right, getting plenty of exercise and following recommended disease prevention practices.