Medical research

Your genetics influence how resilient you are to cold temperatures

Some people just aren't bothered by the cold, no matter how low the temperature dips. And the reason for this may be in a person's genes. Our new research shows that a common genetic variant in the skeletal muscle gene, ACTN3, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

U.S. may duck a COVID surge from variant that sent Britain reeling

More infectious COVID-19 variants are spreading in the U.S. at the same time as cases are falling and the national vaccination campaign is picking up steam. Put it all together, a Harvard epidemiologist said Friday, and it ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19, cold, allergies and the flu: What are the differences?

If you have signs or symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it's important that you contact your health care provider right away for medical advice. But COVID-19, the common cold, seasonal allergies and the flu ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Can scientists take the STING out of common respiratory viruses?

University of North Carolina School of Medicine scientists have made a curious discovery about a well-known human protein that helps the immune system fight viral infections. The lab of Stan Lemon MD, and colleagues found ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Common cold combats influenza

As the flu season approaches, a strained public health system may have a surprising ally—the common cold virus.

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