Get a Cold—and Look Great With It!

I’m not germophobic — well, not clinically so — but weeks of Ebola scares have me stashing hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes in every handbag I own. When I found myself  trapped recently on a New York subway car — hip to jowl with a crush of snifflers, coughers and sneezers — I suppose it was inevitable that I would come down with a nasty head cold of my own. And so I did. The hitch? This was just days …

5 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick This Winter

It’s that season again. The one with lots of coughing, sneezing, sniffling, aching and carrying around large wads of tissues. So how do you protect yourself from colds and the flu, other than staying home from now through May? Obviously, getting a flu shot should be first on your list. Although no one can predict whether this flu season will be as severe as last year’s, a new study that looked at flu rates among those age 60-plus for the …

Flying This Season? The Germiest Places On A Plane

Gifts aren’t the only thing you can bring back after holiday travel. Your fellow passengers can also gift you with a nice, juicy cold or the flu. That’s because flying increases your risk of getting sick. A 2004 study found that adults are up to 113 times more likely to have a cold after a long flight, when compared to the same risk among of the rest of us on the ground. Why are planes such germ incubators? It’s not …

Want to Stay Healthy This Winter? Follow These Four Steps

Why is it that some people seem to sail through cold and flu season without a sniffle, while others can count on always catching that winter cold/flu/virus? Health magazine asked experts for the best, research-backed secrets for staying well. The article was aimed at mothers and grandmothers, but the advice applies to everyone. The number one tip was to get the flu vaccine, but after that, they suggested following these four simple steps: 1. Breathe some fresh air. Yes, of …