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By Jennifer Ackerman

A few colds are like mice, timid and stressful; others like dragons, observed by means of physique aches and deep distress. In AH-CHOO!, Jennifer Ackerman explains what, precisely, a chilly is, the way it works, and even if it's quite attainable to "fight one off." Scientists name this the Golden Age of the typical chilly simply because american citizens undergo as much as one thousand million colds every year, leading to forty million days of neglected paintings and college and a hundred million physician visits. They've additionally realized over the last decade even more approximately what chilly viruses are, what they do to the human physique, and the way signs could be addressed. during this ode to the odious chilly, Ackerman sifts throughout the chatter approximately treatments-what works, what doesn't, and what can't damage. She dispels myths, resembling susceptibility to colds displays a weakened immune process. and he or she tracks present examine, together with paintings on the collage of Virginia at Charlottesville, a world-renowned heart of chilly examine experiences, the place the quest for a medication maintains.

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