Simplifying Science

The Flu: People Are Always Asking...

One of the most common questions I get is this: why does the flu season occur during the winter, even in places like LA that are far from chilly? There are a bunch of reasons, actually, but here's a new one:  

Why Is the Flu More Common During the Winter Season?

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, has distinct transmission patterns around the world. In temperate regions, influenza's occurrence peaks during the winter season...Read More

From the Prevention Files: Flu Vaccine

This topic is as evergreen as a cypress tree. My latest blog post for

Why Everyone Should Get the Flu Vaccine

Every year, my kids and I get the flu vaccine. We do it because influenza, which is the virus responsible for “The Flu,” can cause more than just an inconvenient cold. It can give you fevers that soar to 105 degrees, muscle aches so profound you feel like you...Read More

Does Parenting Keep You Healthier?

Or is it just that parents don't have the option to get sick? This study suggests that even though your kids might sometimes drive you crazy, they also probably keep you healthy.

Got kids? Then You're Less Likely to Catch A Cold

Being a parent reduces your risk of catching a cold -- possibly because of unknown "psychological or behavioral differences between parents and nonparents," Read More

Zinc and the Common Cold

TAKE NOTE! This study suggests that zinc shortens cold symptoms for adults but not for kids. It's a good reminder that our children are not just mini versions of ourselves.

Zinc May Shorten Common Colds In Adults, A Review of 17 Studies Finds

THE QUESTION When seeking relief from a cold, people often turn to supplements. Might zinc — a nutrient known to help the immune system fight off viruses and bacteria...Read More