Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cochrane Review in the LA Times

If you take zinc supplements when you start to come down with a cold, will you feel better sooner? The LA Times reported Tuesday on a newly published Cochrane Library review that addressed this question.

The researchers, Meenu Singh and Rashmi Das of the Postgraduate Institution of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, examined 15 studies that were conducted on zinc's ability to prevent or shorten the symptoms of the common cold. They found that test subjects who took zinc at the onset of their cold tended to recover a day earlier and report milder symptoms than people who took a placebo.

Several other researchers interviewed for the LA Times article were skeptical, noting that the studies with the most rigorous methodologies were inconclusive.

Interested? Read the original review article here, courtesy of Armacost Library's Cochrane Library subscription:

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