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the common cold

Another name for a "cold"—an ordinary, mild illness characterized by congestion, sneezing, and coughing. The doctor said that I just have the common cold, not anything serious, thank goodness. If you have the common cold, you should be resting!
See also: cold, common
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The common cold is a viral infectious disease that infects the upper respiratory system.
The authors note that evidence for the effectiveness of OTC treatments for the common cold is limited and of low quality.
Mundipharma CEO, Raman Singh, said 'Every year the common cold interrupts family, school and working life, soaking up medical leave, putting pressure on productivity and colleagues and interrupting people's daily life.
The common cold is aptly named because it is the most frequent illness in the United States.
Due to the common cold being caused by a family of viruses with hundreds of variants, it is nearly impossible to for people to become immune or be vaccinated against them all.
After years of intensive research, the best the world's experts could come up with was a drug not to cure the common cold but merely to curtail the period of the symptoms!
Dr Peter Barlow, associate professor of immunology and infection, said: "We will ultimately be looking to develop drug treatments that have the potential to cure the common cold."
Researchers looked at 185,014 people age 65 and older, who visited their primary-care physician for a non-bacterial upper respiratory infection, such as the common cold. In all, 46 percent were prescribed an antibiotic.
These findings helped the NIAID researchers conclude that properly functioning MDA5 is necessary to protect against human rhinoviruses (HRVs), the main causes of the common cold.
TEHRAN (FNA)- According to a meta-analysis of three randomized controlled trials, zinc acetate lozenges may increase the rate of recovery from the common cold three fold.
-- The common cold, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work annually in the United States.
In six trials with participants exposed to short periods of extreme physical or cold stress or both (including marathon runners and skiers) vitamin C reduced the common cold risk by half.
Zinc acetate lozenges may reduce duration of the common cold by nearly 3 days, according to an analysis published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
The significance and economic impact of coronaviruses as causative agents of the common cold are hard to assess because, unlike rhinoviruses (another common cold virus), human coronaviruses are difficult to grow in the laboratory.