Does Cough CPR Work?

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Last week I wrote about deciding what to do if you have chest pain far away from expert help. Several comments on that post and on Facebook suggested vigorous and repetitive coughing could be tried. Since that suggestion is found far and wide on the Internet, I decided to check out, as best I could, whether there was any truth behind it. […]

By | March 16th, 2015|General|7 Comments

The Top 10 Most Popular Posts About Surviving Colds and the Flu

>> Looking for a meaningful last-minute gift? Click here for sales on my survival training courses. No shipping required. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH The difference between cold and flu symptoms is somewhat a question of severity. Whereas a cold may make you feel like you’ve just run a race, the flu makes you feel like someone beat you with a baseball bat along the way. A cold can make you ache and feel fatigued. You can feel miserable and even run a low-grade fever or 100 F or so. But the flu puts you in the bed (where you should be). If you don’t listen to your body and take care of yourself, you could end up in the hospital. People die from the flu. Just in time to celebrate the upcoming cold and flu season, here are my most popular posts about surviving colds and the flu for 2014. […]

By | December 22nd, 2014|Infectious Disease|2 Comments

4 Common Causes of Coughs in Kids—With a Printable Chart

Part 2 in my childhood charts series. See more charts here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH This is part two of my series about tips on recognizing childhood illness. Last time, I talked about illnesses with rashes. This time, it’s illnesses that come with bad coughs. […]

By | August 11th, 2014|Children, Infectious Disease|1 Comment

When to Treat a Cough With Antibiotics

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In case you haven’t noticed, it’s the cold and flu season. In fact my last few posts have dealt with “Flu Shots: The Good and the Bad,” things you can to do if you get the flu, and “How NOT to Die From the Flu.” But now, your cold or flu symptoms are over, except for that lingering cough. Do you need antibiotics? How long can a cough linger and just be related to getting over your virus? Two new studies investigate these questions and give some surprising (at least to me) findings—findings that I think might help you decide for yourself, especially if you can’t get medical help and antibiotics are in short supply. […]

By | January 24th, 2013|Infectious Disease|11 Comments

8 Things That Make You Cough and What to Do About Them

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH That nagging cough just won’t go away. You’ve had it so long you don’t even notice it at times, but it drives your co-workers, friends, and spouse crazy.  Is it just an annoying habit or a symptom of a more serious problem? […]

By | October 23rd, 2012|General|13 Comments