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Ever wonder why you always seem to come down with a life-interrupting virus this time of year, while other women you know sail through the season sniffle-, cough-, and ache-free?

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Is nasal mucus always a sign of infection?updated: Mon Dec 27 2010 08:56:00

Is colored (yellow, green or brown) nasal mucus always a sign of infection?

Echinacea fails to curb the common cold (again)updated: Mon Dec 20 2010 17:08:00

People who swear by the cold-fighting properties of echinacea may want to skip the herbal remedy -- and save a few bucks -- the next time they feel the sniffles coming on.

Get your flu shotupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 12:08:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about getting your flu shot.

Four ways to avoid getting sick during the holiday seasonupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 12:08:00

The Badger family holidays are filled with medical catastrophes.

What are the chances my family will get my strep throat?updated: Mon Nov 29 2010 08:34:00

I recently got diagnosed with strep throat and am taking antibiotics. Will the rest of the family get it also? I had a sore throat but no fever. My husband and kids aren't complaining of any problems.

Colds and flu? Not you!updated: Wed Nov 03 2010 07:04:00

It's that time again: Everywhere you go, people are sniffling, sneezing, and coughing. Think you're next to get sick? Not necessarily.

6 natural cold-prevention strategiesupdated: Fri Oct 22 2010 14:03:00

Statistics say you'll catch two to four colds this winter. Here's help to stave them off.

CNNMoney: Johnson & Johnson children's drugs returning next weekupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 16:29:00

After an almost five-month absence from stores, Johnson & Johnson will start shipping some of its recalled over-the-counter children's drugs to retailers next week, CEO William Weldon said in prepared remarks submitted to lawmakers Wednesday.

CVS to pay $77.6 million in meth ingredient caseupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 17:45:00

Illegal sales practices by CVS Pharmacy Inc. allowed criminals to make mass purchases of a component used in the manufacturer of methamphetamine, said federal prosecutors, who announced a settlement Thursday that will cost the company $77.6 million and bring new controls.

'Summer colds' may not be just thatupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 08:19:00

You dread this: Runny nose, scratchy throat, maybe a cough. And worse, it's 80 degrees outside.

Cold medicines contributed to Brittany Murphy's death, coroner saysupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 18:00:00

The drugs involved in actress Brittany Murphy's death last December were apparently used to treat a cold or respiratory infection, the Los Angeles County coroner's autopsy concluded.

What cold meds are safe during pregnancy?updated: Mon Feb 15 2010 09:57:00

My wife is 13 weeks pregnant. What kind of medication can she take for a common cold?

Gene mappers untangling common cold mysteriesupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 10:57:00

A cure for the common cold has eluded scientists since the dawn of mankind.

Your cold and flu symptoms, explainedupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 09:29:00

There's a reason for each and every sniffle, sneeze, ache, and pain. Learn why your body behaves the way it does, and discover the quickest ways to feel better.

CNN Student News Learning Activity: H1N1 Virusupdated: Thu Oct 22 2009 21:51:00

Students will learn about the H1N1 virus (commonly known as swine flu) and research why officials are concerned about the H1N1 pandemic. Students will also learn about the measures that are being taken by international, federal and local health authorities to prevent the spread of colds and the flu and a possible outbreak of influenza.

Justice Ginsburg released after night in hospitalupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 12:17:00

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized overnight for what appeared to be an adverse reaction to medication, but was released Thursday, a court spokeswoman said in a statement.

After Afghanistan assignmentupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 20:55:00

Back|Story stopped by Dr. Sanjay Gupta's office to have a chat with him after he returned from Afghanistan.

Some doubt hand washing stops H1N1updated: Thu Sep 24 2009 20:55:00

At the beginning of the school year, a couple of hundred parents, myself included, gathered in the middle school lounge for the principal's back-to-school speech. The chatting hushed as the principal walked from the back of the room to the podium. As she proceeded down the aisle, parting the crowd of parents, she carried with her the biggest bottle of hand sanitizer I've ever seen.

Is it cold or flu?updated: Mon Sep 21 2009 22:11:00

CNN's Melissa Long reports on how colds differ from flu.

Cold? Flu? H1N1? How can you tell the difference?updated: Mon Sep 21 2009 22:11:00

When Tyra Smith's boyfriend, Chris Lewis, first suggested they be guinea pigs in a H1N1 vaccination study in August, she wasn't so crazy about the idea. But then she warmed to it: While she doesn't like needles, she thought she'd help out because she knew H1N1 was a serious virus.

Mystery cough? 8 possible culpritsupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 11:40:00

You've been coughing for weeks. How do you know if it's just a hard-to-shake cold or something more serious?

FDA warns against using 3 popular Zicam cold medsupdated: Wed Jun 17 2009 15:43:00

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned consumers to stop using certain Zicam nasal cold remedy products, saying they can cause users to lose their sense of smell permanently.

FDA warns about Zicamupdated: Wed Jun 17 2009 15:43:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the FDA's warning not to use Zicam products.

CNNMoney: Zicam may damage sense of smell - FDAupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 19:05:00

Consumers should discontinue use of Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they can can permanently damage users' sense of smell, the government said Tuesday.

FDA requires new labels for over-the-counter painkillersupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 10:30:00

Over-the-counter painkillers and fever reducers will now carry new labels warning consumers of the potential risks of liver damage and internal bleeding associated with the drugs, according to a final ruling Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration.

Signs you're too sick to work outupdated: Tue Mar 31 2009 15:55:00

Are you sniffling, sneezing and coughing? If you're like most people, you probably don't relish the thought of lacing up your sneakers and hitting the road (or the gym) when you have a cold or flu. But those who persevere when they're sick and don't break their exercise routine may be on to something. Some experts argue that moderate exercise can actually have a beneficial effect on cold symptoms, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.

Vitamin D may protect against common coldupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 09:31:00

Vitamin D may protect people -- especially those with asthma and other chronic lung conditions -- from colds and other respiratory tract infections, according to the largest study to date to look at the link.

Flu season picking up speed, tracking indicatesupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 15:49:00

The flu season got a late start this year, but it is finally picking up speed, according to activity on Google Flu Trends, which tracks search terms plugged into Google, not actual flu cases.

Scientists map cold virusupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 10:17:00

A genetic map of the common cold may be the next step in finding a cure. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Genetic map of cold virus a step toward cure, scientists sayupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 10:17:00

Researchers have solved the first step in treating the common cold, by mapping its entire genome, or genetic map, teams from the University of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin-Madison reported Thursday.

Study: Humidifiers may help fight fluupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 11:57:00

The cold, dry air of winter can give you chapped lips, cracked hands, and now, a study suggests, a better chance of getting the flu. A new analysis of previous data shows that in low-humidity conditions, the influenza virus is more likely survive, possibly giving it a better shot at spreading from person to person and making its way to you.

Study: Can more sleep help fight off colds?updated: Tue Jan 13 2009 11:56:00

Are you getting enough sleep? If not, it could be hurting your health.

Good nutrition is always in seasonupdated: Tue Dec 23 2008 09:07:00

It's no secret that cold and flu season peaks in winter. And if you're looking for ways to stay well, one priority, say experts, is simple: Follow a wholesome diet, just as you should any time of year. But that can be a tall order during the busy holiday season, when hectic social schedules and family commitments often interfere with regular meals.

The truth about colds and flusupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 13:02:00

A common misperception is that colds are associated with winter weather. But research shows that people actually get more colds during the spring and summer months.

Why do I get colds despite constant hand washing?updated: Mon Dec 15 2008 15:53:00

I am a constant handwasher, user of antibacterial wipes, alcohol gels and even open doors with a tissue or my shirt but still come down with colds. Am I too clean or just unlucky?

Are hand gels replacing soap and water?updated: Fri Nov 28 2008 13:08:00

If you've ever shaken someone's hand, only to watch them slather themselves with hand sanitizer afterwards, you're not alone.

How some women never get sickupdated: Wed Oct 01 2008 09:12:00

They survive cold season without a sniffle. They fly in germ-packed airplanes unscathed. And they somehow avoid stomach bugs that decimate the office. Wish you could be one of these women who never get sick? Try one or -- even better -- all of these seven secrets, and you may join this club come flu season.

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