Last winter hospital admissions soared and surgeries reported seeing a large number of patients with a hacking cough that cannot be treated with antibiotics. And for some it can turn into a more serious lung infection, reports Devon Live. All of which makes the recent revelation that over-the-counter cough medicines are virtually useless far from welcome. Researchers from the American Chemical Society claim cough syrups work little better than a placebo, while other popular remedies such as echinacea, vitamin C and zinc are not likely to help either. At best cough suppressants can leave you drowsy and give you a better night's sleep, claim the scientists. Read More Your health stories But their report concluded there's little or no evidence that the heavily marketed active ingredients – including the DXM (dextromethorphan) often found in 'night time' formulations – do anything to ease the cough. So what can we do about it? Why do we cough? Prof Ron Eccles, director of the … [Read more...] about How to get rid of a persistent cough
Persistent hacking cough
Even though they are a mild ailment, persistent coughs can be extremely irritating. And getting rid of them can be a long process of soothing drinks and medicated sweets. And of course, a menthol rub can help ease your breathing, particularly at night, but it seems we have all been rubbing it into the wrong area of our bodies. According to one online blog, you should be rubbing the eucalyptus-based product on your feet. That's right, instead of your chest and back, you should coat the soles with the ointment, pop on some socks and leave overnight. And it is a health hack that many mums swear by. One mum on Mumsnet said : "My daughter has a dreadful cough that develops after / during every slight cold she picks up. She had a very nasty croup episode when she was about a year old and now, at 2.5, she still gets a cough, worse at night. "So, last night, I decided to try the Vicks and socks trick and am astonished at the almost instant results! Blimey. She went on to sleep soundly with … [Read more...] about This is where you need to rub Vicks VapoRub if you have a cough
We all know we shouldn’t be traipsing to the GP with every sniffle, but coughs can be a bit tricky. Some sound worse than others, some last longer than others, and all cause us to try self-diagnose to save the embarrassment of a trip to the doctors, only to find out an over-the-counter remedy was the solution all along. But learning the differences between types of cough really is useful, and could benefit us all in the long-run. Is it lingering irritation after a cold, or could that stubborn cough be a sign of something worse? What if you’re hacking up phlegm, or also getting breathless? Here, experts explain what different coughs might mean, and when to get to the doc pronto. Could your cough be... Cold or flu It’s not unusual for a cough to linger longer than the rest of your cold symptoms, and they can sound bad. “Common cold coughs generally fall into two types – dry or chesty,” says Kathryn Granleese, Superdrug Pharmacist and Clinical … [Read more...] about Find out whether your cough is harmless or harmful
IN the latest string of research on heart health, experts have linked some blood pressure drugs to an increased cancer risk. The meds in question apparently increase one's risk of lung cancer by 14 per cent. So what about ACE inhibitors? Here's what you need to know. What are ACE inhibitor blood pressure tablets? ACE inhibitor tablets have the capacity to lower your blood pressure. The inhibitors block the body from producing the chemical angiotensin II, which makes blood vessels narrower and in turn raises blood pressure. Taking ACE allows your blood vessels to relax and widen, making it easier to blood to flow. The inhibitors also reduces water retention, which also reduces blood pressure. What are the side effects? Most ACE users will not experience any side-effects. Those taking higher doses may experience a persistent dry cough. Less common side effects can include: dizziness tiredness weakeness headaches change of taste TRAM CRASH Lorry crashes into a tram in Sheffield in … [Read more...] about What are ACE inhibitor blood pressure tablets, what are the side effects and can they cause cancer?
As night fell in Taipei on July 10, 2016, most people in the city were hunkered down to ride out the end of a typhoon. Not Sergey Berezovsky and Vladimir Berkman. The two Russians made their way through the rain to an ATM at First Commercial Bank, one of Taiwan’s top lenders. Wearing hats and antipollution masks, they loitered at the machine for a moment. Then, as the astonished couple in line behind them later told the police, the ATM started disgorging cash without either man touching it. The men shoved the bills into a satchel and brushed past them. As the Russians drove off in a black sedan, the couple spotted something on the ground: One of the guys had dropped his bank card.By the time detectives traced Berezovsky and Berkman to the nearby Grand Hyatt the next day, the Russians had already jetted off to Moscow by way of Hong Kong. And they were just two of 15 “money mules” who’d hit 41 ATMs at 22 branches of First Commercial over that stormy weekend, the … [Read more...] about The Biggest Digital Heist in History Isn’t Over Yet