Study finds chocolate good for stopping a cough
Put down the lozenge and pick up a Snickers.
Professor Alyn Morice, head of cardiovascular and respiratory studies at the University of Hull in Yorkshire, England, claims that there is research to prove chocolate can help soothe a cough.
The results of the largest real-world study of an over-the-counter remedy ever undertaken in Europe has found that medicine containing cocoa is better than a standard medicine, writes the Independent.
The head to head, or throat-to-throat, comparison involving 163 patients found that chocolate-based medicine encouraged significant improvement in symptoms within two days.
In addition researchers at Imperial College London have found that theobromine, an alkaloid in cocoa, is better at suppressing cough reflexes than codeine, the currently favoured ingredient in most medicines.
The cocoa also makes the remedy stickier than standard cough medicines, forming a coating over nerve endings in the throat which start coughing urges.
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A Georgia driver hit more than a bump in the road while driving.
Elysia Morris said she was driving her red BMW through a construction zone when a truck was driving toward her without stopping.
She said she veered to the left to avoid a possible collision when her car got stuck in fresh, wet concrete.
"[The truck is] still driving towards me, still honking the horn, so I bear over to the left and my car ends up submerged in fresh, wet concrete," Morris said.
Morris was rescued safely, but her car was lodged deep into the mixture.
She said the construction company told her the concrete would cure in an hour and the tow truck that responded asked her to sign a waiver saying the county wasn't responsible for any damages before they would tow it.
She refused to sign, and they left the concrete to dry around her car, cementing it into the street.
Construction workers eventually used a jack hammer to remove the block of concrete and the car and loaded it onto a flatbed truck.
Condolences are pouring in from all over ... for a girl they never knew. But her story speaks to all of them.