The People's Perspective on Medicine
a smoking cigarette
Asthma

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
Asthma

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
Allergies

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
Asthma

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
Asthma

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
Allergies

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
Arthritis

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
Asthma

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
Asthma

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
Asthma

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
Asthma

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
Asthma

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
Asthma

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
Asthma

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
Asthma

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.

Young boy and puppy
Allergies

A Dog in the Home: Less Asthma and Eczema for Kids?

Babies living in a home with a dog are less likely to develop asthma and eczema than others without furry friends at home.

Vitamin D3 gel capsules
Asthma

Will Extra Vitamin D for Asthma Improve Breathing?

Many health professionals believe vitamin supplements are a waste of money. But if people are low in this nutrient vitamin D for asthma & COPD makes sense.

Woman looking away while using asthma inhaler
Asthma

Azithromycin For Asthma AMAZES

Many doctors are unaware of the science supporting azithromycin for asthma. See the latest research on why this antibiotic might help hard-to-treat asthma.

Young woman hold her hands up in fear
Allergies

Should You Worry About Scary Corticosteroid Side Effects?

Most people think that corticosteroid side effects occur only after long-term treatment. New research suggests that short-term therapy also poses a problem.

Woman looking away while using asthma inhaler
Asthma

Will Inhaled Steroids Make You Vulnerable to Metabolic Syndrome?

Women using inhaled steroids for asthma or COPD breathing problems were 40 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome.