Vicks VapoRub may help ease nighttime cold symptoms in children

Children's Health, Parenting
My mom, a nurse, used Vicks VapoRub on us boys as we grew up. She believed in it, as did our pediatrician, Gloria Weir, MD. And, Barb and I used it on our kids. Loved it. And, it seemed to work well. Then, it fell out of repute … but, now … it’s back! The CNN "The Chart" blog reports, "Parents get frustrated with the FDA recommendations not to use cold medicines in kids under the age of four because they are left with few options." Thus, "Vicks VapoRub is often used to fight colds and congestion," but "there has never been proof of how well it works." Now, however, research underwritten by Procter & Gamble indicates that the "combination of camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus oils actually does ease cold…
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Regular exercise wards off colds and flu

General Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Earlier this week I discussed how regular exercise can reduce your risk of depression. It can also help you reduce your risk or colds and the flu. The CNN "The Chart" blog reported, "Working out regularly helps ward off colds and flu," according to a study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. HealthDay reported that after collecting "data on 1,002 men and women from ages 18 to 85," investigators "tracked the number of upper respiratory tract infections the participants suffered" over 12 weeks during the fall and winter of 2008. Study participants also "reported how much and what kinds of aerobic exercise they did weekly." The study authors found that "people who were physically fit and who engaged in exercise five or more days per week were…
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Kids’ use of electronic media at night linked to problems

Children's Health, Parenting
More than half of children who use electronic media before bedtime may have mood or learning problems during the day, a preliminary study of 40 young people suggests. The kids in the study, average age 14½, were all treated at the JFK Medical Center Sleep Laboratory in Edison, N.J. About 77% had trouble falling asleep; others had daytime sleepiness. Here are more details from USA Today: And it's no wonder: Turns out they sent an average 34 text messages or e-mails a night, according to the study, to be presented today at the meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Vancouver, British Columbia. Texts were sent anywhere from 10 minutes to four hours after bedtime. "Across the board, all of the children admitted to using electronic media — texting,…
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