Cold & flu

Our best analysis of research, body of knowledge, and secret wisdom about how to combat colds and the flu

  • How to protect your family from food poisoning

    How to protect your family from food poisoning

    Equip yourself with the smarts to keep your family’s dinner table safe from germs and toxins that cause food poisoning.

  • Get your flu shot now!

    Get your flu shot now!

    The good news for flu season is that treatment options are available.

  • Viral gastroenteritis is no fun, but it's not the flu

    Viral gastroenteritis is no fun, but it's not the flu

    Symptoms of viral gastroenteritis include diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. People often call it stomach flu, but it's not influenza.

  • Ask the pediatrician: Surprising facts about swimmer’s ear

    Ask the pediatrician: Surprising facts about swimmer’s ear

    Did you know you can get swimmer's ear without getting wet? Swimmer's ear isn't your garden variety ear infection, and it needs to be treated differently.

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  • Here’s how to make your child’s earaches less of a pain

    Here’s how to make your child’s earaches less of a pain

    There are many reasons why your child’s ear may be hurting, so it’s best to have a doctor examine it to ensure it is treated properly.

  • Flu season is almost upon us: See a provider about the flu vaccine soon

    Flu season is almost upon us: See a provider about the flu vaccine soon

    Changes in flu treatment may be on the horizon, but health officials say you should continue to get an annual flu shot.

  • First-aid tips and a DIY kit for minor cuts and scrapes

    First-aid tips and a DIY kit for minor cuts and scrapes

    Proper care for minor cuts, wounds and scrapes reduces the risk of infection and helps minimize scarring. Treat them with these first-aid tips and make your own first-aid kit.

  • 5 skin conditions you don’t want to bring home from the gym

    5 skin conditions you don’t want to bring home from the gym

    Fungi and bacteria lurk on your favorite workout machines and in common areas at the gym. Learn how to protect your skin against gym germs.

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  • Diverticulitis may be on the rise: Diet can decrease risk

    Diverticulitis may be on the rise: Diet can decrease risk

    The incidence of the intestinal disease diverticulitis appears to be increasing; the cause is not definitively known, but some likely culprits are, and a high-fiber diet may reduce risk.

  • Why does your young athlete need an annual sports physical?

    Why does your young athlete need an annual sports physical?

    Just as sports can be for everybody, a pre-participation physical exam should be, too, especially for young athletes.

  • Can you just butterfly it yourself?

    Can you just butterfly it yourself?

    Some cuts and abrasions require minimal treatment while others are serious enough to require a trip to the emergency room; all cuts, however, share a common pattern for assessment and treatment.

  • 7 natural treatments for allergy relief

    7 natural treatments for allergy relief

    Allergy medication doesn’t seem to work? Consider one of these alternative treatments to alleviate runny nose, itchy eyes and other symptoms.

  • How to shave your beard, head and elsewhere

    How to shave your beard, head and elsewhere

    Whether you're joining a no-shave challenge, prefer not to shave or simply trying a new look, consider the best ways to keep your skin, beard and hair healthy.

  • The best home remedies for a coughing baby

    The best home remedies for a coughing baby

    It hurts to hear your baby cough, but not every distress requires a doctor visit. There are some remedies you can try at home.

  • Fast facts about fever for nervous parents

    Fast facts about fever for nervous parents

    What you should know to help your child get through a fever and put you more at ease

  • Camp and sports physicals: Prepping for summertime fun

    Camp and sports physicals: Prepping for summertime fun

    One of the most important things you can do to help your child stay safe and have a fun summer is to schedule a physical before they head off to camp or practice

  • A cardiologist speaks: How to think about heart medications

    A cardiologist speaks: How to think about heart medications

    What you know about your heart medicines can help you better understand the role they play in your health care

  • Creating a 10x better digital health care experience

    Creating a 10x better digital health care experience

    Dousedaicon St. Joseph Health's Digital Innovation team is at the forefront of ushering in Health 2.0 where holistic solutions and convenience are central to the consumer experience

  • Amazon-JP Morgan-Berkshire deal: A sign of the times

    Amazon-JP Morgan-Berkshire deal: A sign of the times

    The message to traditional health care providers is clear: evolve or risk being disintermediated

  • Can Onions Prevent Flu — Or Does That Advice Stink?

    Can Onions Prevent Flu — Or Does That Advice Stink?

    Raw onions keep the flu virus from spreading: Myth or fact?

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