KRISTEN'S STORY -
Chocolate Fights A Cough Better Than Rx Meds
As flu season kicks into high gear, most of us are bound to come down with a cough at some point. But when you do, before you reach for cough syrup to relieve your symptoms, there’s a tasty treatment that actually works better and doesn’t give you any of the fuzzy-headed side-effects medications can cause - and it’s chocolate.
According to a professor and respected authority on all things cough and respiratory medicine related, chocolate can soothe coughs better than codeine syrup because it forms a sticky coating in the throat. The melted chocolate coating protects nerve endings in the throat that cause you to cough, allowing the naturally present cough-suppressing ingredients to calm your damaged throat nerves down.
And while it might seem like drinking a cup of hot chocolate would be the ideal cough soother, unfortunately, it doesn’t work as well. The warm, sweet beverage may feel cozy and comforting going down, but Dr. Morice says the liquid doesn’t have enough long-term clinging contact with the nerves to be effective. She advises sucking on a piece of chocolate and letting it melt slowly to coat your throat. And this is one home remedy we’re happy to try.
JASON'S STORY -
Baby Shark Hits Billboard
The children's song, which became a viral sensation and the biggest earworm of 2018, is now a legitimate hit.
"Baby Shark" has officially entered the Billboard Hot 100 and landed this week at number-32. The song's dance video on YouTube has been viewed more than 2.1 billion times. The song was released in 2015 by Pinkfong, a South Korean educational brand.