The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Alternative Health

Can You Overcome Depression with Exercise?

Multiple studies show that people with chronic conditions can overcome depression with regular physical exercise–swimming, tai qi, running or hiking.

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Breast Cancer

Do NOT Trust People Smiling During Drug Commercials

Do you ever watch drug ads on TV? It's hard to avoid them. If you pay attention you will discover a lot of smiling during drug commercials. Why is that bad?

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Do People Who Eat Fish Grow Old More Healthfully?

A long-running study suggests that people who eat fish and shellfish regularly are less prone to chronic disease as they age.

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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.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD Drug Side Effects Can Be Deadly

COPD is nasty business. It is a chronic lung condition that is a leading cause of death in older people. What COPD drug side effects should you know about?

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

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.

Asthma

Spiriva (Tiotropium) Side Effects & Memory Problems

Tiotropium, the active ingredient in Spiriva, is an anticholinergic compound. Anticholinergic drugs can cause dry mouth, connstipation and mental fogginess.

Older man with an Oxygen hose to provide supplemental O2 due to a breathing disability such as emphysema or COPD.
a man with COPD using oxygen