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Can You Speed Up Recovery From Colds and Flu?

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Are there evidence-based strategies for recovering from colds, influenza and upper respiratory inflammation or infection more quickly? A review by Allan and Arroll (2014) found that there is a need for more high-quality research on treatments for common colds.

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Are there evidence-based strategies for recovering from colds, influenza and upper respiratory inflammation or infection more quickly? A review by Allan and Arroll (2014) found that there is a need for more high-quality research on treatments for common colds. This is largely due to current evidence often being low-quality or unreliable.

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Madeline Gilkes
Madeline Gilkes, CDE, RN, is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She focused her Master of Healthcare Leadership research project on health coaching for long-term weight loss in obese adults. Madeline has found a passion for preventative nursing. She has transitioned from leadership roles (CNS Gerontology & Education, Clinical Facilitator) in the acute/hospital setting to education management and primary healthcare. Madeline’s vision is to implement lifestyle medicine to prevent and treat chronic conditions. Her research proposal for her PhD involves Lifestyle Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Madeline is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) and primarily works in the academic role of Head of Nursing. Madeline’s philosophy focuses on using humanistic management, adult learning theories/evidence and self-efficacy theories and interventions to promote positive learning environments. In addition to her Master of Healthcare Leadership, Madeline has a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education & Management, Graduate Certificate in Adult & Vocational Education, Graduate Certificate of Aged Care Nursing, and a Bachelor of Nursing. She is working towards her PhD.
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Megan Brand
23 Jun 2019
Very Informative and pracital ideas which can be implemented
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Samuel Donge
24 Jan 2022
Grateful job
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Lisa Hajarat
21 Jul 2021
Great
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Melinda Kelly-Hamilton
28 Apr 2022
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Chloe Smith
12 May 2021
Good read
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Heather Blackhall
17 Jan 2021
Interesting article that contained a lot of advice that should be followed if a person becomes sick with a cold or influenza symptoms. Most of it should be common sense for any practicing Registered Nurse.
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Lili Davidson
24 May 2022
Registered Nurse
Good overview
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De-Anna Hynes
11 Jun 2021
Good to update the most recent research regarding treatments for the common cold and Flu
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Maria Llanto
10 Sep 2020
Nowadays, as this COVID-19 infection exist, protocols for health and safety has been elevated even if the patient has the mildest symptoms it needs to be treated as a high risk for infection. Transmission of infection is closely monitored. A patient showing a sign of simple cold or cough is required to Have a COVID test swab.
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Susan Halliwell
24 Sep 2021
How to identify and treat a cold or flu.
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