Ah-Choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold
Some colds are like mice, timid and annoying; others like dragons, accompanied by body aches and deep misery. In AH-CHOO!, Jennifer Ackerman explains what, exactly, a cold is, how it works, and whether it's really possible to "fight one off." Scientists call this the Golden Age of the Common Cold because Americans suffer up to a billion colds each year, resulting in 40 million days of missed work and school and 100 million doctor visits. 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.
What people are saying - Write a review
Review: Ah-Choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common ColdUser Review - Angela - Goodreads
I was hoping to learn a helpful tip or trick that I didn't already know. I didn't. But it was an interesting read. Read full review
Other editions - View all
acetaminophen adenovirus adults Airborne airways allergies antibiotics antibodies antihistamines antiviral asthma bacteria Birgit Winther blood body body’s boost broth catch cause cells Center chicken soup Clin Cohen cold bugs cold remedies cold symptoms cold viruses COLDFX colds and flu common cold Common Cold Unit congestion contaminated cough cure cytokines decongestant disease dose drugs echinacea experts fomites genetic Gerba germs ginseng hand sanitizer Health Hendley herbal human immune response immune system inflammatory influenza interferon J. M. Gwaltney Jack Gwaltney Jr Johnston lozenges lungs Lynne Rossetto Kasper medicine metapneumovirus microbes mucus nasal spray normal pathogens percent placebo effect pleconaril prevent probiotics reduce respiratory infections rhinovirus rhinovirus infection risk Ron Turner Rotbart runny nose scientists sick sleep sneezing soap spread strains stress surfaces susceptibility there’s tissues transmission treatment University viral virus vitamin volunteers wash what’s Zicam zinc