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Some colds are like mice, timid and annoying; others like dragons, accompanied by body aches and deep misery. In Ah-Choo! Jennifer Ackerman explains what, exactly, a cold is, how it works, and whether it’s really possible to “fight one off.”

Scientists call this the Golden Age of the Common Cold, because Americans suffer up to a billion colds each year, resulting in 40 million days of missed work and school and 100 million doctor visits. They’ve also learned over the past decade much more about what cold viruses are, what they do to the human body, and how symptoms can be addressed. In this ode to the odious cold, Jennifer Ackerman sifts through the chatter about treatments—what works, what doesn’t, and what can’t hurt. She dispels myths, such as susceptibility to colds reflects a weakened immune system. And she tracks current research, including work at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, a world-renowned center of cold research studies, where the search for a cure continues.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Conchetta | 5/6/2011

    " Too much about remedies but a lot about how cold viruses work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erika | 4/11/2011

    " This is an informative and engaging book, well worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Martha | 3/7/2011

    " Fascinating information, conveyed in an entertaining manner. Although now I'm washing my hands constantly and have bad feelings about the laundry.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dana | 2/21/2011

    " Fascinating...great for anyone to read. The author debunks a lot of myths about cold virus transmission. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Ackerman

Jennifer Ackerman is the author of Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body, Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity, and Notes from the Shore. A contributor to National Geographic, the New York Times, and many other publications, her articles and essays have been included in several anthologies, among them Best American Science Writing, the Nature Reader, and Best Nature Writing. Ackerman lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.