If you have the flu, Swine or otherwise and want to talk about it to help researchers, here’s the place on Facebook.  Information will be tracked by your IP address.  You can even participate if you don’t have the flu too, just remember who reads all of this and mines the information, everyone.  BD 

At the National Institute for Health Innovation at Auckland University, we’re running a new research project looking at using Social Media to track flu symptoms. We’ve written an application for Facebook that allows users to input whether or not they have flu symptoms. We’ll then track the users over the weeks to see how long their symptoms last and track their location by IP address.


If you have time to be part of the study, please sign up at:


Facebook Influenza Tracking Project « Health Informatics Blog


  1. Could Distilled Liquor (60%-70% by volume) Cure a Sore Throat caused by Influenza?

    As there is currently no effective medical or pharmaceutical method to manage a sore throat and to cure influenza today, we propose the use of Distilled Liquor to:
    1. Control bacterial growth around the wounds in sore throat
    2. Anesthetize the wounds in the throat

    Based on clinical fact, 70% medical alcohol is very helpful in management of a bacterial infection or inflammation; to enhance wound healing, a medical alcohol (70%) can be applied to effectively disinfectant and anesthetize the wound and soreness; analogically, a distilled Liquor (60%-70% by volume) could also be effective in disinfection, control of pain, and reduction of bacteria so as to indirectly cure the influenza.

    To further confirm my assumption, I purchased a bottle of distilled Liquor (62% by volume, distilled from sorghum (90%) and wheat (10%)) from Liquor store and performed an initial test with two adult subjects: one male (52 year olds, male, and 60 kg)
    and one female (50 years old, female, and 50 kg). Since last summer, the male subject had five occurrences of sore throat, symptoms of influenza appeared during the two of the five; the female subject had four times of soar throat, and symptoms of influenza appeared during the two of the four.

    During each occurrence of sore throat, they slowly sip (keeping the Liquor at the sore throat for at least 5 seconds) 1 CC (ml) of the Liquor, 3 to 9 treatments per day, depending on the subject’s needs; there should be an interval of time greater than one hour between any two treatments. Drinking more water than the usual was also performed, because it is helpful to manage the fever and the headache, though it is not very effective to control the sore throats and the coughs.

    We observed that the sore throat went away between 1 and 48 hours after the first treatment; the coughs and headaches either went away or did not occur. We would like to point out that before “liquor sipping”, mouth wash, saline solution, cough drops, Chinese herbal medicines were all attempted; all were not as effective as “the liquor sipping”. Hence, our initial test data demonstrate that it is possible to use a distilled Liquor (62% by volume) to treat a soar throat caused by an influenza, or by bacteria, coughs, colds, and runny noses.

    The highest concentration of the distilled Liquor we can obtain is 62% in a Liquor store. We believe the optimum concentration is between 60% and 70% after considering the side effects and the traditional concentrations. We also suggest the dose should be proportional to the subjects’ weights. Legal factors should be considered before the application for children.

    Reference as Required
    Note: (1) we do not recommend “liquor sipping” to dry throats; for this, water is best. (2) we do not recommend “liquor sipping” for underage patients unless monitored by a doctor or a legally responsible adult.

    If there are any questions please contact me at:

    Kang Cheng, kangcheng.1@netzero.net

    Vivien Cheng and ChangHua Zou, 205 Hana Road, Edison, NJ 08817, USA.


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