Concerned about colds and flus? UAPL has many useful resources for non-medical professionals to learn about illnesses and recommended treatments. As always, discuss medical questions and problems with a doctor - librarians aren’t qualified to give medical advice. Remember to enter your library card number to access UAPL’s premium resources.
For basic information on the common cold, influenza, or any other common illness, check out the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine.
Medline is a bit more advanced; search for more complex articles that aren’t necessarily for the layperson:
- Is there a relationship between drinking alcohol and the occurrence of the common cold?
- Should you exercise when you have a cold?
- What did influenza activity look like in the United States last year?
If Medline is too overwhelming, check out MedlinePlus, its consumer-friendly sibling.
Finally, keep up with current outbreaks through the World Health Organization’s Disease Outbreak News. No sign of the Zombie Apocalypse… yet.
Articles discussed in this blog post:
- Influenza activity–United States, 2012-13 season and composition of the 2013-14 influenza vaccine. (2013). MMWR. Morbidity And Mortality Weekly Report, 62(23), 473-479.
- Ouchi, E., Niu, K., Kobayashi, Y., Guan, L., Momma, H., Guo, H., & … Nagatomi, R. (2012). Frequent alcohol drinking is associated with lower prevalence of self-reported common cold: a retrospective study. BMC Public Health, 12987. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-987
- Relay Health (2013). Cold Medicines. CRS - Adult Health Advisor, 1.
- Simon, H. (2012). On call. I do my best to exercise every day, either walking two miles in good weather or riding my exercise bike for 30 minutes on wet or cold days. Should I keep going when I catch a cold, or would I be better off resting?. Harvard Men's Health Watch, 16(7), 8.