Medical true or false?

2018-02-28 06:00

“A PRESENT study ... suggests that chicken soup may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity,” according to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information.

“A mild anti-inflammatory effect could be one mechanism by which the soup could result in the mitigation of symptomatic upper-respiratory tract infections.”

Another study by the University of Nebraska Medical Centre published in the journal Chest is frequently referenced and also confirms that chicken soup can ease symptoms.

“The study’s focus was to find out if the movement of neutrophils — the most common white cell in the blood that defends the body against infection — would be blocked or reduced by chicken soup,” read an article on the study.

“Researchers suspect the reduction in movement of neutrophils may reduce activity in the upper-respiratory tract that can cause symptoms associated with a cold.”

Soup can also help with hydration and provide nutrition and physical comfort.

Airborne (vitamin supplement) prevents/cures colds or the flu.

FALSE: Simple answer, no.

In 2008, the makers of the multivitamin and herbal supplement paid $23 million in a class-action settlement agreement over its claims that it could cure and prevent colds, according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest.

The company once boasted that a clinical trial proved Airborne could help “combat germs” if taken during the “first sign of a cold symptom or before entering crowded, potentially germ-infested environments”.

However, an ABC News report later revealed that the trial was conducted without doctors or scientists.

“Airborne is basically an overpriced, run-of-the-mill vitamin pill that’s been cleverly, but deceptively, marketed,” said a nutritionist in the CSPI article.

Tamiflu helps shorten the length of your illness.

TRUE: But while Tamiflu and other prescription medication can help you recover a day faster, the National Centre for Health Research says you may just want to use that day to stay home and rest rather than go to the doctor’s office.

“Tamiflu is heavily advertised, but many doctors believe that Tamiflu does not work well enough to justify the high cost of the drug, or the CDC recommendation that all patients take it,” said the non-profit NCH research.

“These doctors point out that there is very little high-quality evidence that Tamiflu reduces the rate of serious complications from the flu.”

Once again, medical officials recommend first getting the vaccine and washing your hands frequently to help prevent contracting the illness.

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