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Sugar water works for coughs

Most Over-the-Counter Cough Remedies Have No Value

This article shows that they studied 100 kids and randomly assigned to them 1 of 3 groups. The group given sugar water did the same as the ones given medicine. Pretty interesting.

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yes_justice
Jan. 13th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
That's one of the 13 things that do not make sense.

http://www.newscientistspace.com/article.ns?id=mg18524911.600

waterowl
Jan. 14th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yup, the placebo effect.
batshua
Jan. 13th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
I often use candies instead of cough drops for this reason. All you need to do is salivate more to lubricate the throat and unless you have a really congested chest, the coughing will settle down.
waterowl
Jan. 14th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
That make sense. Candy's cheaper and tastes better too. :^)
yes_justice
Jan. 13th, 2006 08:40 am (UTC)
No way, they get you high!
whymommy
Jan. 13th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
You mean my mom chasing me with bitter cough medicine wasn't a necessary part of my childhood??

Slipper Elm Bark syrup is natural and tastes great.
waterowl
Jan. 14th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
C uses this Chinese herbal cough syrup. It works on Special K.
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