Colds & Flu
Can you shorten the duration of a cold?

Can you shorten the duration of a cold?

Sniffling and sneezing? A cure for the common cold has not yet been found, but it is possible to shorten the duration of those annoying symptoms. Getting the common cold is part and parcel of being human. And just about every person has a cold remedy in which they believe – from sipping ginger tea […]

How to feel more confident in winter

How to feel more confident in winter

Feeling down because it’s winter? Here’s how to boost your self-esteem during the dreariest time of year. It’s cold outside, which means it’s easy to pull on a pair of tracksuit pants, crawl under the duvet and hibernate. Shaving is a drag, painting your toenails means you’ll have to take off your warm woolen socks, […]

Self-help for post-nasal drip

Self-help for post-nasal drip

Your hacking cough may be caused by a post-nasal drip. Fed up? Try these self-help tips. A post-nasal drip during winter can cause much discomfort. Most cases are caused by viruses and clear up by themselves, but what can you do about that nagging sensation in the back of your throat? We look at simple […]

Make 2015 a flu-free year

Make 2015 a flu-free year

Winter is here, which means it’s time to wrap up warmly and do your best to keep flu bugs at bay. We’re all susceptible to the coughs and sneezes of winter, but many people face a double blow when it comes to flu viruses. Some of us have compromised immune systems (which makes it harder […]

7 dangerous flu myths

7 dangerous flu myths

Many misconceptions about the influenza virus and flu vaccine persist, despite massive education campaigns worldwide. We take a look at a few dangerous flu myths. Myth: Flu is no more than a nuisance, much like common cold that cannot be prevented. Fact: Flu is a severe and sometimes life-threatening disease that causes 250,000-500,000 deaths worldwide annually. […]

Your heater can kill you

Your heater can kill you

Australians may enjoy milder winters than people living in the Northern Hemisphere, but many of us still have heating devices in our homes. This can range from air conditioning units, to gas heaters, to bar heaters, to open wood fires and wood heaters. All forms of heaters may serve to lessen the bite of the winter cold, […]

7 bad winter habits

7 bad winter habits

Winter is a time for snuggling up and staying warm. But be careful of the indulgences that may compromise your health in the long run. 1. Indulging in comfort foods Bad eating habits during winter tend to be a common thing, but be aware that eating foods with too much sugar or fat and not enough fruit […]

Stay healthy this winter

Stay healthy this winter

Winter is on the way, which means it’s time to wrap up warmly and do your best to keep those nasty cold and flu bugs at bay. But staying healthy takes more than simply tying a scarf around your neck. Understanding more about the two most common winter infections and how to avoid them can […]