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British researchers say they are close to finding a cure the common cold. Scientists have worked decades a medicine that would help to end colds. The biggest problem researchers was finding a drug that could fight the hundreds types viruses that can cause a cold. The viruses are difficult to find and they change very quickly so they can fight new drugs. Until now, there has been no way to treat cold viruses, so we all have to suffer every winter. However, scientists have developed a special molecule that could make colds a thing the past. They tested the molecule and found that it blocked the viruses that cause colds. The molecule stopped the viruses working the body.

The usual treatment a common cold is to take medicines or remedies the different symptoms. We might take one thing a sore throat and another thing a runny nose or a fever. Different viruses can cause different symptoms. The researchers believe the new molecule could stop all symptoms developing. Lead researcher Ed Tate, from London's Imperial College, said it could help millions people end their suffering. Most us catch a cold several times a year. Dr Tate said it could also help people more serious problems, saying: "The common cold is an inconvenience most of us, but it can cause serious complications in people conditions like asthma."

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