Colds & Flu Season

Here‘s an interesting article from Reuters about genetic research on the great influenza outbreak of 1918.  And here’s yet another from MSNBC on what really works when it comes to fighting the common cold.

Yes, it’s that time again.  A cold has already made the rounds through the Information Services workroom here at Central Library, and no doubt there’s been plenty of coughing and sneezing in workplaces, schools, homes, etc., all over town.

As we all know too well, there’s still no cure for the common cold.  But the library does have a few books which can help you manage one.  Try, for example, The Germ Freak’s Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu:  Guerilla Tactics to Keep Yourself Healthy at Home, at Work, and in the World by Allison Janse with Charles Gerba or The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu by Neil Schachter.     

Also, check out some of our medical and health links in the NC Live network of databases — there’s literally tons of good stuff here.  Databases for information on colds and the flu include:  Go Ask Alice, Healthfinder, HealthLink Plus,  Medline Plus, and the Merck Manual Home Edition.  You can keyword search any of these for information on colds, influenza, and lots more.

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