Ah-Choo! Author Injects Herself With Cold Virus

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People with Positive Emotional Style (PES) are less likely to catch a cold, according to a 2006 study published by the journal of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Vacations can actually induce a cold in a phenomenon known as "leisure sickness."

People with diverse social networks get fewer colds than those with a small circle.

Boosting the immune system can make the cold symptoms more severe, rather than shortening or preventing the life of the virus.

Wiping down gym equipment only spreads the virus. Just wash your hands afterwards.

When Ackerman herself gets a cold, she takes the advice of Jack Gwaltney, who studied the common cold for 40 years at the University of Virginia. He sadi to take two drugs every 12 hours at the earliest sign of a cold until symptoms disappear: an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofin to ease aches and pains, and an older antihistamine like Benadryl or chlor-Trimeton, which causes drowsiness and clears the runny nose.

She also mentions other ways to knock yourself out, providing recipes for a hot toddy and even a "sick-on-the-sofa" old-fashioned.

Lead researcher Winther said she can't reveal whether or not the nasal spray that Ackerman helped test has proven effective, but she hints that it is "promising."

As for the book, Winther said Ackerman "did a really good job."

"I knew she was going to write it," said Winther. "But I couldn't imagine what a good outcome it would be. It was the first really serious approach and detailed evaluation about what goes on with a cold."

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