Ah-Choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold

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Grand Central Publishing, Sep 2, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 256 pages
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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.

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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


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Jennifer Ackerman is the author of "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body"; "Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity"; and "Notes from the Shore".

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