Updated 10 March 2016

Action point


Some people swear by Echinacea to fight colds and flu, while others are not convinced.

Research published in Virology found Echinacea effectively blocked the replication of various influenza strains, like seasonal types, as well as the pandemic bird- and swine-flu viruses.

So, when you’re getting your 2016 cold and flu arsenal stocked up, it may be a good idea to include Echinacea.

Read more on Echinacea and the flu.


Live healthier

Cracked rib? »

Here's why coughing can be good for you SEE: How long should a cough last?

7 ways coughing can injure your body

The average cough lasts between two and three weeks and usually causes no serious physical damage – but beware when a cough turns violent!

Heart health »

Can you reverse your heart's age? Air purifiers may protect your heart against pollution

You're not too young to have a heart attack

How much do you really know about the things that can go wrong with your heart throughout the course of your life?