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Honey Shown To Be Better Than Medicine For Coughs.

      Scientists from the Penn State College of Medicine conducted a study of 105 children between the ages 2 and 18.  All were suffering from nighttime coughs from respiratory illnesses.

       The data analyzed included cough frequency and severity, how bothersome the cough was and how well parent and child slept.

        Naturally occurring honey was found to be the best remedy – working 20% better than a cough medicine (dextromethorphan) and 40% better than no treatment.       

      The results of this study are particularly timely.  This is because the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently recommended that children under the age of six years old should not be given over the counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines.  The FDA has received data that these OTC drugs could  have potentially harmful side effects.        For example, some children who have been taking the cough medicine Tamiflu have exhibited “bizarre behavior.”  This includes self-inflicted injuries and jumping from windows.         This study shows that natural honey may be an appropriate substitute. 

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