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57727.  Tue Mar 07, 2006 9:50 am Reply with quote

Q: Why is there no point in searching for a cure for the common cold?

A: Because we’ve already got one.

The search for a “cure” for the cold - which is not a single disease, but a syndrome - is one of modern medicine’s most legendary quests. (Googling "cure for the common cold" brings up 165,000 hits). But, as Prof Ron Eccles, of the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University, points out:

“There already is a cure ... Our own immune system. ‘Cure’ means a return to health, and very few people don’t return to health after a cold. Your immune systems will get rid of the virus - eventually.”

The “search for a cure” is actually a search for better ways of preventing and minimising colds.

Source: Sunday Telegraph, 5 March 2006.

Frederick The Monk
58009.  Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:33 am Reply with quote

So we could ask a question along the lines "What's the best cure for a common cold?" to get the panel talking about quackish remedies/ old wives tales etc.

58022.  Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:00 am Reply with quote

In the 'differences' thread there's mention of the diff between colds and 'flu.


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