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  1. Old fashioned "honey cure" soothes coughs

    Honey I soothed the kids

    It's that time of year again. If you haven't already dropped your child or grandchild off for school this month, that day is fast approaching. And with back to school comes the inevitable sniffles, sneezes, and coughs that sticking a bunch of kids together in a room all day brings.

    But, according to a new study in Pediatrics, if your little-one comes home with a cough that's keeping him (and you) awake at night, grandma's old "honey cure" could be just what you need to soothe that cough and send him off to la la land.

    Just two teaspoons of honey at bedtime had the little tykes in the study were coughing less frequently and less severely. Plus the honey eaters were less likely to lose sleep than the kids who didn't get the honey.

    But be sure to skip the honey if your child or grandchild is under a year old. And if he or she has other symptoms, like a fever or wheezing, it's time to see a doctor.

  2. Hate needles? Try this simple trick...

    You know it's not going to kill you, but you still hate getting needles all the same. Well, a simple trick may help during your next trip to the blood lab or allergist.

    Just cough.

    Sure--coughing provides a distraction from the pain. But it may even block the moment of pain all together.

    According to a new report in the British Medical Journal, coughing causes your blood pressure to spike. And this brief spike in blood pressure may block your perception of pain. In several recent studies, patients who coughed during injections reported less pain.

    Gynecologists have also found that coughing works during pap smears. In fact, it works as well as local anesthetic to blunt cervical pain. Plus, it significantly reduced the length of the procedure.

    So next time you get jabbed, try coughing. Just don't cough so hard the technician misses the mark!

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