What is Your Snot Saying?

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Reactions Science Videos | January 31, 2017

It’s peak cold and flu season, and mucus is making many of our lives miserable. But despite being a little icky, phlegm gets a bad rap. This germ-fighting goo contains cells and chemical compounds that help us power through a cold. You can also think of mucus as a traffic light for your health — what turns up in our used tissues can be a useful clue about the inner workings of our immune systems.

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Harvard Health Blog:
http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/do...

CDC - Runny Nose Q&A:
https://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/communit...


CDC - Common Cold and Runny Nose:
https://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/communit...

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https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/...

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http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content...

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...

MCBI myleperoxidase:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene/4353

WebMD article:
tp://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/the-truth-about-mucus#2

Cleveland Clinic infographic:
https://health.clevelandclinic.org/20...

Gizmodo article:
http://io9.gizmodo.com/boogers-myths-...

 

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