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young boy with asthma using an inhalerAllergiesJoe Graedon - March 16, 2020
a bottle of PredniSONE 1mg, short-term steroid use, prednisone side effectsAllergiesJoe Graedon - February 24, 2020
Alan Greene, MD, expert at keeping kids healthyPodcastsTerry Graedon - April 16, 2020 - 2 comments

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.

Terry Graedon - February 20, 2020

Are Household Cleaners Harmful to Babies?

Joe Graedon - August 29, 2019

Asthma Expert Questions Conventional Asthma Treatment

Terry Graedon - March 20, 2019

Strong Vitamin D Helps Protect Kids from Air Pollution

Terry Graedon - March 4, 2019

Primatene Mist Is Back on Drugstore Shelves

Terry Graedon - September 27, 2018

What’s Your Personal Invisible Cloud Made of?

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.

hair straighteners
AsthmaTerry Graedon - May 24, 2018

What Are the Hazards of Hair Straighteners?

A study of hair straighteners mostly used by African-American women found that they contain a range of hormone disrupting chemicals.

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?

a man having an asthma attack using an inhaler
AsthmaJoe Graedon - March 19, 2018

Steroid Inhaler Laryngitis (SIL) More Common Than Realized

We'll bet you have never heard of SIL (steroid inhaler laryngitis). It's supposed to be very rare. But a lot of readers report hoarseness from asthma or COPD inhalers.

a man having an asthma attack using an inhaler
AsthmaJoe Graedon - February 26, 2018

Curing Asthma By Eliminating An Underlying Fungal Infection

Are some hard-to-treat asthma cases caused by an infection? Research suggests that may be the case. Curing asthma is not easy, but some people say it is possible.

Stack of rags and cleaning liquid on a countertop
AsthmaTerry Graedon - February 16, 2018

Cleaning Products Linked to Worsening Lung Function

Women who use cleaning sprays and other cleaning products at least once a week see their lung function decline more quickly than those who do not.

a winter frozen mail box under snow
AsthmaJoe Graedon - February 12, 2018

What Should You Do If Your Medicine Freezes?

How do you store your medicine. Hopefully NOT in the bathroom medicine chest--too hot and humid! Mail-order medicines can freeze in your mail box or roast in the summer sun.

Woman looking away while using asthma inhaler
AsthmaJoe Graedon - December 25, 2017

Can You Cure Asthma With Antifungal Medicine?

Is it possible to cure asthma? Some people seem to think so. Is there any evidence to support the idea that doctors can do more than treat symptoms?

Woman looking away while using asthma inhaler
AsthmaTerry Graedon - November 30, 2017

Do Sex Hormones Have an Impact on Asthma?

New research shows that sex hormones have different effects on airway inflammation. Testosterone blocks a pro-inflammatory protein.