What is the cold?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Ronald Turner talks about what the cold is.

    Dr. Ronald Turner

    Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.

    Host: What is a cold?

    Ronald Turner: Well, a cold refers to a group of symptoms that are associated with upper respiratory infections. These are infections that are caused by viruses and the symptoms that we commonly associate with a cold are sore throat, running noes, nasal obstruction, cough and sneezing.