Colds and Flu

Preventing Colds and Flu For Your Kids

Preventing Colds and Flu For Your Kids

It’s cold and flu season yet again, and time to review the simple steps can we all take to avoid these inevitable illnesses. This year’s flu season is a bit more newsworthy than usual as H7N9 bird flu continues to [...]

H7N9 Arrives in Beijing, Advice Is The Same

H7N9 Arrives in Beijing, Advice Is The Same

I suppose it was inevitable that the rest of China wouldn’t forever be immune to new cases of H7N9, until now limited to our southern China citizens. But yesterday the first H7N9 case outside of the Shanghai area happened literally [...]

H7N9: Tips on Avoiding Infection

H7N9: Tips on Avoiding Infection

So there’s good news and bad news. The good news is actually really good news: as of today, we have yet to see one case of an H7N9 infected person transmitting it to another person: all 20+ cases (as of [...]

Cough Syrups For Kids: Do Any Work Well?

Cough Syrups For Kids: Do Any Work Well?

Coughing is one of winter’s inevitable symptoms for all families. As viruses pass back and forth, the usual runny nose and cough can be very disruptive, especially if it’s keeping both you and your child awake all night. For cough [...]

Flu Season Is Here -- Finally

Flu Season Is Here — Finally

It’s the latest flu season in 25 years, but here at BJU, as well as all around the world, cases of the flu have jumped up these last few weeks. Fortunately, most cases are typical and there’s no sign of [...]

Green Runny Nose = Antibiotics. Yes? No?

Green Runny Nose = Antibiotics. Yes? No?

It’s a popular misconception among not just the population but also many doctors, that a greenish runny nose = bacterial infection = the need to take prescription antibiotics. Well,  it’s not true! As this fun New York Times article reviews, [...]

Zinc Really Does Help With The Common Cold!

Zinc Really Does Help With The Common Cold!

I’ve often complained, along with the rest of the world, that there is no magic pill yet designed to cure the world’s most common illness — the common cold. But now, there is some hope! There’s an excellent meta-analysis by [...]

Antibiotic Abuse: Not All Bugs Need Drugs

Antibiotic Abuse: Not All Bugs Need Drugs

Here’s another pop quiz: Which scenario below requires antibiotics? A fever for 3 days Cough that turns wet A cough that “gets deeper into my chest” Runny nose that turns yellow The oversimplified answer is “none of the above”, at [...]

Are You Ready For Winter?

Are You Ready For Winter?

Winter’s chill is upon us already, and the months ahead can feel very long — but you can fight off the winter blues with a few health tips. One major problem with Beijing’s winters is the dry air. Beijing’s extremely [...]

Cure The Common Cold — With Gargling?

Cure The Common Cold — With Gargling?

It’s definitely winter season already, at least in terms of a lot of colds going around. I’ve mentioned a lot of preventive medicines on my blog, especially my new favorite, vitamin D. But there may be an even simpler way [...]

Walgreens-Style Shopping For Winter Aids...

Walgreens-Style Shopping For Winter Aids…

How many of you have trouble finding such basic health items such as vaseline, epsom salts, heating pads and others? Well, you’re in luck; part of my clinic’s major renovations this year has involved upgrading our pharmacy to provide a [...]

Vitamin D3 May Prevent the Flu

During our horribly long winter, I posted many articles on vitamin D and its growing evidence of multiple health effects. Here’s another well designed study (Vitamin D3 Supplements in Winter May Help Protect Against Influenza A) which had two groups [...]

What Works For The Common Cold?

What Works For The Common Cold?

It’s definitely common cold season (ganmao, in Chinese). So, in this deeply cold week in Beijing, it’s a good time to review what treatments actually work for the common cold.

Does Green Runny Nose = Antibiotic Rx?

Does Green Runny Nose = Antibiotic Rx?

It’s a popular misconception among not just the population but also many doctors, that a greenish runny nose = bacterial infection = antibiotics. Well,  it’s not true! As this fun New York Times article reviews, the color is more a [...]

Chicken Soup: Can It Really Fight A Cold?

Chicken Soup: Can It Really Fight A Cold?

So was your mother actually correct in telling you to finish your chicken soup because it’s good for you? Perhaps. Chicken soup has been considered an aid to the common cold and flu for centuries, by many cultures. In 2001 [...]