Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Dagga now also being used on animals > Health-in-Motion Updated 09 June 2017 Zinc may just be your secret weapon against the common cold Zinc may just be your secret weapon against the common cold. An analysis of existing research suggests that zinc acetate lozenges may improve a patient’s chances of recovering from the condition three-fold. Seventy percent of test subjects recovered after using zinc acetate lozenges for five days, compared to only 27% of those who were given placebos. Although there is compelling evidence supporting the efficacy of the drug, more research is needed to determine the most effective dosage and formulation for cold-fighting zinc acetate tablets. 0 More: Daily Dose: Dagga now also being used on animalsHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Medical Testicular cancer survivor: 'My testicle doubled in size' Natural Health Why are biologics so expensive? Diet and nutrition It can take months to break bad eating habits Medical Childhood chemo may have lasting effects on memory Medical Back pain patients with depression get more opioids Mental health 'Rogue' genes may be the cause of some ALS cases From our sponsors WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Complete our allergy survey and stand a chance to win R 1000! Live healthier Wasting water? » South Africa is facing a water crisis Water saving tips Water quality report shocks SEE: How much water do you use per day? With level 4 water restrictions in Cape Town, residents are urged to use a maximum of 100 litres per person per day. Here’s how quickly it adds up. Life saving tip! » SEE: 10 things to keep in your first aid kit 10 first aid myths Here's why you need a first aid kit in the car Emergency services are often spread thin, especially when storms and major disasters strike. When travelling on the road, having a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver.