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  1. Does Being Cold Make You Sick? AsapSCIENCE Looks at the Age-Old Question

    But mooooooom, I don't wanna wear a scarf!

    Parents have been telling kids to bundle up before going outside forever (at least since clothes were invented,) but can being cold actually make you sick? Our friends at AsapSCIENCE look at the issue, and the results are pretty surprising. Don't throw that parka out just yet.

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  2. Common Cold Could Kick Cancer’s Keister

    I think we can agree that the common cold sucks. I also think we can agree that it doesn't suck nearly as badly as cancer. Researchers at the Salk Institute, though, may be on the trail of a way to turn the lesser of these two evils into a weapon in the fight against the other. This week, a study in the journal Cell reports that the Salk team has taken steps toward hijacking the common cold's ability to disable immune responses within cells. That could lead to engineered cold viruses that hunt down and destroy cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells in peace.

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  3. Breakthrough May Lead to Curing Common Cold

    The Medical Research Council has shown that antibodies can actually move inside cells and fight viruses from the inside, opposed to the previous way antibodies were thought to work, which is by blocking or attacking viruses from the outside.

    It is believed this discovery can lead to a cure or at least much more effective treatment for various nagging virus-induced ailments, such as the common cold and winter vomiting.

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