Nasal Spray That Reduces The Risk Of Norovirus Coming Soon, Promise Scientists

Nasal Spray That Beats Norovirus

The Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 08/12/11 15:29 Updated: 08/12/11 15:30

American scientists are developing a nasal spray that protects the body against the norovirus bug.

Scientists from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas found that successful trials of the device almost halved the risk of the winter vomiting bug.

The vaccine is inhaled as a dry powder spray and contains tiny amounts of the virus to help the body trigger immunity without displaying the symptoms.

The highly contagious norovirus bug spreads around the body quickly and causes nausea, excessive vomiting, diarrhoea and a high fever. Scientists hope that their nasal spray will rapidly reduce the number of norovirus victims, which claims between 600,000 to one million Brits a year.

"This is the first demonstration of protection in humans against what is a widespread and often serious illness," says Robert Atmar from the study.

"The number of hospitalisations and the healthcare costs associated with norovirus are staggering; a successful vaccine against norovirus would offer significant protection to patients as well as potential cost reductions for the healthcare system."

Last year, record numbers of norovirus were reported due to the coldest winter in 30 years and this year isn't faring any better with 14 hospital wards being closed due to outbreak last week in the UK.

Recently it was discovered that three quarters of British oysters contain the norovirus.

Protect yourself from more winter bugs with our round-up of the best natural remedies to fight colds and flu.

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  • Natural Remedies For Colds And Flu

  • Garlic

    Garlic is well known for its immune system benefits and is best eaten raw or crushed in soups and hot drinks. Garlic combats snotty noses by releasing a compound called allicin, which is full of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

  • Celery

    If you're struggling to get a good night's sleep, tackle the problem with a stick of celery. Celery contains phthalidesm which has sedative powers and helps the body shut off and rest easy during the night.

  • Thyme

    A great natural remedy for respiratory disorders as it helps to release mucus from the body. It is also an antispasmodic which helps relax bronchial tubes, clearing the airways. Brew a cup of thyme tea or use it as an oil to treat chesty coughs or emphysema.

  • Leafy Greens

    Nosebleeds can be a symptom of cold and flu. Prevent this from happening by adding leafy greens to your diet. Packed with Vitamin K, greens fortify sensitive capillaries and help your blood clot quickly if you have a nose bleed.

  • Jujube Tea

    Jujube tea is rich in Vitamin C and great for the immune system and is widely used for relieving aching throat muscles.

  • Carrots

    Carrots are ideal for treating cold-induced headaches as they contain beta-carotene, which can reduce inflammation in the blood vessels of the brain. Chop them up and put in a stew, grate them on top of a salad or blend them to create a headache-friendly soup.

  • Nuts

    We already know that <a href="" target="_hplink">proteins are best for boosting mid-afternoon energy slumps</a>, and they work just as well with energy-zapping colds and flu. A handful of raw nuts helps give the body a well needed energy boost, especially almonds and walnuts.

  • Lavender

    When the flu bug strikes, chances are the lack of sleep, appetite and constant nose blowing will begin to wear you down. Lavender is great for calming the nerves and relieving feelings of anxiety and stress. Use either dried lavender to scent the room or apply lavender oil on your pulse points for an instant calming boost.

  • Pineapple

    A low immune system can lead to weakened digestive system. Strengthen it by using pineapple which helps reduce intestinal inflammation and speeds the breakdown of protein, reducing gas and discomfort.