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Dr. Emeran Mayer explains how your microbiome shapes your immune responseArthritisTerry Graedon - August 26, 2021
woman using asthma inhalerAsthmaJoe Graedon - July 19, 2021
Dr. Caren Solomon edits articles about climate change for the New England Journal of MedicinePodcastsTerry Graedon - December 2, 2021 - 10 comments

Show 1282: How Climate Change Affects Our Health

Our guests argue that climate change is the greatest threat to global health. What can we do about it?

Terry Graedon - April 8, 2021

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

Terry Graedon - April 16, 2020

Show 1208: Keeping Kids Healthy in the Age of Coronavirus

Joe Graedon - March 16, 2020

Singulair – Montelukast Warning About Psych Side Effects

Joe Graedon - February 24, 2020

Prednisone Withdrawal: Can You Ever Stop Corticosteroids?

Terry Graedon - February 20, 2020

Are Household Cleaners Harmful to Babies?

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.

a young girl using an asthma inhaler, Primatene Mist
AsthmaTerry Graedon - March 4, 2019

Primatene Mist Is Back on Drugstore Shelves

The makers of Primatene Mist are bringing this OTC asthma inhaler back on the market after eight years away. Who could benefit?

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.

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.