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Medical Reference Related to Cold & Flu

  1. Cough Medicine and Cough Syrups

    Need something to stop that cough? Learn more about the ingredients and purposes of the various types of cough syrup and cough medicine so you get the right treatment.

  2. Is It a Cold or the Flu?

    Is it a cold or the flu? This chart should help explain your symptoms.

  3. Exercise and the Common Cold

    Exercise may prevent colds. But is it safe to exercise if you have a cold? Get the facts.

  4. Fact Sheet: Colds and Flu at Work

    Colds and flu can spread at work. Find out how to protect yourself around the office.

  5. Causes of the Common Cold

    Learn more about the hundreds of viruses that can cause the common cold.

  6. Anthrax - Topic Overview

    What is anthrax?Anthrax is a potentially fatal disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. These bacteria produce spores that can spread the infection. Spores are bacteria in a resting stage. Like plant seeds, they are not active until they germinate. Anthrax in humans is rare unless the spores are spread intentionally. Anthrax usually develops in cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. ...

  7. Anthrax - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about anthrax:What is anthrax?How does anthrax spread?What are the symptoms of anthrax infection?How is anthrax infection treated?What can I do to lower my risk of exposure?Being diagnosed:How is anthrax diagnosed?How can anthrax be distinguished from the flu?Getting treatment:How is anthrax treated?Can anthrax be prevented?What should I do if I think I have been exposed to anthrax? ...

  8. Zinc for Colds: Lozenges & Nasal Sprays

    Can zinc prevent or reduce the duration of cold symptoms? Learn more about zinc's benefits as a cold remedy from the experts at WebMD.

  9. Novel H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and Feeding your Baby: What Parents Should Know

    This document updates previously posted information for parents about infant feeding and novel H1N1 flu (swine flu).

  10. How Flu Spreads

    The main way that influenza viruses are thought to spread is from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. (This is called "droplet spread.")

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