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hair straightenersAsthmaTerry Graedon - October 20, 2022 - 7 comments

What Are the Hazards of Hair Straighteners?

Hair straighteners used mostly by African-American women contain hormone disrupting chemicals and are linked to uterine cancer.

Terry Graedon - December 2, 2021

Show 1282: How Climate Change Affects Our Health

Joe Graedon - July 19, 2021

Trelegy for COPD Leads to Hoarseness

LInsey Marr, PhD, expert on how to avoid airborne viral transmission through better ventilation
PodcastsTerry Graedon - April 8, 2021

Show 1253: The Lessons of COVID-19 on How to Avoid Airborne Viral Transmission

Evidence shows that SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, moves like an aerosol. How can we avoid airborne viral transmission?

Alan Greene, MD, expert at keeping kids healthy
PodcastsTerry Graedon - April 16, 2020

Show 1208: Keeping Kids Healthy in the Age of Coronavirus

How are parents and grandparents keeping kids healthy when they can't go to school or the playground? Dr. Alan Greene has suggestions for families, 4/18/20.

young boy with asthma using an inhaler
AllergiesJoe Graedon - March 16, 2020

Singulair – Montelukast Warning About Psych Side Effects

Singulair is sold as a generic allergy and asthma drug under the name montelukast. The FDA has just issued a montelukast warning about serious side effects.

Several containers of household cleaners
AllergiesTerry Graedon - February 20, 2020

Are Household Cleaners Harmful to Babies?

Babies exposed to the fumes from common household cleaners during their first few months are more likely to develop asthma as youngsters.

a young girl using an asthma inhaler, Primatene Mist
AsthmaJoe Graedon - August 29, 2019

Asthma Expert Questions Conventional Asthma Treatment

Asthma treatment used to seem simple: a corticosteroid inhaler plus a bronchodilator. A study in the NEJM has turned things upside down. Asthma is complex!

a smoking cigarette
AsthmaTerry Graedon - March 20, 2019

Strong Vitamin D Helps Protect Kids from Air Pollution

Inner city children with strong vitamin D blood levels are less likely to develop asthma upon exposure to indoor air pollution.

exposome, invisible cloud
AllergiesTerry Graedon - September 27, 2018

What’s Your Personal Invisible Cloud Made of?

Each of us is surrounded by an exposome–an invisible cloud of bacteria, viruses, fungi and volatile compounds that can have an effect on our health.

A little girl with a sweet tooth licking a lollipop
AsthmaTerry Graedon - June 14, 2018

When Do Americans Develop a Sweet Tooth?

A study suggests that children under two years old have a sweet tooth. Their diets have a surprising amount of added sugar.

Happy kids feeding cows on a farm
AllergiesTerry Graedon - May 17, 2018

You Don’t Have to Be a Farmer to Benefit from the Farm

A Dutch study shows that you don't have to be a farmer to have immune system benefits from exposure to animals and their microbes. People who live near farms have fewer allergies.

Desert island with palm trees
ArthritisJoe Graedon - May 14, 2018

What Are the Best Drugs for a Desert Island Adventure?

What would you do if your were stranded on a desert island? What about if the power went out for several months? What are the best drugs in such extreme situations?

a man having an asthma attack using an inhaler
AsthmaTerry Graedon - May 7, 2018

How to Overcome Hoarseness from Advair

Have you been troubled with hoarseness from Advair? One reader found that treating asthma with Singulair instead took care of the problem.

a mailbox on a country road on a sunny day
AsthmaJoe Graedon - April 2, 2018

How Does Temperature Affect Mail Order Medicines?

Prescription drugs have become pricey. That's why insurance companies may try to save money by encouraging patients to buy mail order medicines. Are there problems with this practice?