By: Joe Graedon July 24, 2017 5 Comments
    Azithromycin For Asthma AMAZES

    Hard-to-treat asthma can be a life-threatening lung disease. That's why new research from Australia suggesting that the antibiotic azithromycin (Zithromax) for asthma is so exciting. The authors calle…

    By: Joe Graedon May 1, 2017 13 Comments
    Should You Worry About Scary Corticosteroid Side…

    Cortisone, dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone and prednisone are called corticosteroids or glucocorticoids. These drugs dampen an overactive immune reaction. They can soot…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Inhaled Steroids Make You Vulnerable to Met…

    Inhaled corticosteroid medications such as beclomethasone or fluticasone are prescribed to calm lung inflammation. Such drugs make it easier for people with asthma or COPD to breathe. Doctors have f…

    By: Terry Graedon January 19, 2017 11 Comments
    How Could People Treated for Asthma Not Have It?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 17.7 American adults, or around 7 percent of the population, is currently being treated for asthma. But do all of them actually have …

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Ham and Bacon Make You Wheeze?

    Adults who love sausage, bacon, ham, prosciutto, pepperoni, pastrami and other cured meats could be setting themselves up to wheeze. That is the conclusion of a new study from France. What Did the Stu…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Lower the Chance that a Baby will Develop…

    What can a parent do to reduce a child's chance of asthma? Until recently, the only advice doctors had was obvious: don't expose a baby or youngster to cigarette smoke. While that is still critical, D…

    By: Terry Graedon September 8, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Prevent Asthma Flares with Vitamin D

    Asthma can be notoriously difficult to control. Asthma flares may occur on the heels of a respiratory tract infection or after an exposure to an allergenic trigger. Is there any way to prevent such as…

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2016 2 Comments
    Why Are Amish Kids Less Prone to Asthma?

    House dust rich in microbes may explain why Amish children are much less prone to asthma than other American youngsters. That's the conclusion of a fascinating new study in the New England Journal o…

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2016 5 Comments
    Why Do Antibiotics Sometimes Help Solve Asthma P…

    A great many people suffer symptoms of asthma. Even with standard treatments the wheezing may linger. Sometimes an asthma problem can be caused by an underlying infection. Q. I was recently diagnosed …

    By: Terry Graedon April 27, 2016 1 Comments
    Could Yoga Practice Improve the Quality of Your …

    In addition to posture, stretches and poses, yoga practice emphasizes mindful breathing. Could that benefit people who have asthma, especially since their breathing may be impaired by chest tightness…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2016 1 Comments
    How Did an Antibiotic Cure Asthma?

    Too often the unexpected results that readers experience from taking a medication are frightening. They may uncover new or surprisingly severe side effects. But sometimes people get a delightful and u…

    By: Terry Graedon March 31, 2016 6 Comments
    When Will Campbell Soup Cans Be BPA-Free?

    Bisphenol A, a compound in many clear hard plastics, is known to be an endocrine disruptor in animals. There is concern that early exposure to BPA could alter development in human babies. Exposure to …

    By: Terry Graedon February 15, 2016 9 Comments
    Is Azithromycin a Miracle Cure for Asthma?

    Asthma, with its coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing, is usually considered an allergic condition. In this way of thinking, exposure to an allergic trigger sets off the symptoms. Doctors presc…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2016 2 Comments
    Colds Could Make Trouble for Children with Asthm…

    Cold season may be particularly dangerous for children with asthma. Children are especially vulnerable to complications of asthma when they come down with upper respiratory tract infections. Why Are…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2015 1 Comments
    Vitamin D Supplements Don’t Prevent Colds

    Inadequate levels of vitamin D have been linked to lower immunity and an increased risk of upper respiratory infections. We have written about these links here and here. Do Vitamin D Supplements Make …

    By: Joe Graedon November 9, 2015 17 Comments
    How Much Money Can You Really Save Buying Drugs …

    Q. I had a severe asthma attack that reduced my ability to breathe. The doctor prescribed Advair and the script was sent to my regular online pharmacy. They called me to ask permission to bill me $857…

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2015 1 Comments
    Dogs May Protect Kids from Asthma

    We have all heard that dogs are man's best friends. That may be doubly true for children. But unless you are a pediatrician or a microbiologist who has been following this story for a long time, you …

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2015 8 Comments
    Did Marijuana Help Relieve Asthma Symptoms?

    Q. I was born in 1933 and had asthma when I was in my teens. I inhaled the smoke from Rexall Asthma Powder to treat it. I would put about a teaspoonful of the powder on the tin cover of the asthma pow…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2015 1 Comments
    Aerobic Exercise Reduces Asthma Severity

    New research shows an old-fashioned,affordable approach can help patients control symptoms of moderate to severe asthma. Apparently, aerobic exercise reduces asthma severity. The trial included 43 adu…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2015 1 Comments
    Mycobacterium Infection Was Misdiagnosed as Asth…

    Some ideas have a hard time getting accepted by mainstream medicine. One of them is the idea that an infection that hides inside lung cells and is difficult to culture might create symptoms reminiscen…

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2015 14 Comments
    How I Overcame Asthma That Would Not Quit

    When I was a kid I was allergic to lots of stuff-ragweed, cat dander, grass pollens, mold and fungi (Alternaria). I would sneeze continuously every morning in the spring and fall. When I caught a cold…

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2015 2 Comments
    Z-Pak (Azithromycin) Cured Asthma Symptoms

    Everyone agrees that asthma is an inflammatory reaction within the lungs. What is controversial, however, is what causes the inflammation and what patients should do about it. The prevailing theory is…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2015 2 Comments
    Cleaning Products Make Asthma Symptoms Worse

    Spring cleaning could make asthma symptoms worse, according to a new study. The scientists studied 21 women who worked for cleaning services in Barcelona, Spain. All of the women had had asthma sympto…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2015 1 Comments
    Soy Compound Fails to Relieve Asthma Symptoms

    Past observations have suggested that a compound from soy called genistein might ease asthma symptoms. That's partly because high levels of this isoflavone can reduce the inflammatory compounds produc…

    By: Joe Graedon May 11, 2015 7 Comments
    Doctors Ignore Possible Asthma Cure

    May is Asthma Awareness Month, This month, we'd like to raise awareness that asthma might be linked to lurking lung infection that can be tricky to diagnose. Eradicating the infection could lead to an…

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2015 8 Comments
    Asthma Treatment with Prednisone Triggered Stero…

    Q. My 16-year-old grandson's pediatrician prescribed prednisone for 5 days with a follow-up of 6 weeks of steroids for a recent asthma attack. My grandson was also given an inhaler with steroids in it…

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2014 5 Comments
    Do You Know How to Use Your Inhaler?

    Certain medical devices are widely used by consumers to control dangerous disease symptoms. Two of them, epinephrine self-injection and asthma inhalers, are used in emergency situations. A new study s…

    By: Joe Graedon October 27, 2014 3 Comments
    Vitamin C Stops Asthma Cough

    Q. Years ago, I read that a cough associated with asthma could be relieved by taking cough lozenges with vitamin C. I tried it and it works. It has been almost six years and now I only cough when I ru…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2014 1 Comments
    Kids Exposed to BPA Before Birth Are More Likely…

    Prenatal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) seems to put children at greater risk of breathing difficulty later, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. BPA is found in the lining of cans for fo…

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2014 2 Comments
    The Worst Time of Year for Asthma

    September 18th was the worst asthma day of the year. Experience reveals that more people are hospitalized because of asthma attacks right after the middle of September than at any other time of the ye…

    By: Terry Graedon June 16, 2014 6 Comments
    Antibiotic Treatment Is Easing Asthma Symptoms T…

    Q. After reading about antibiotic treatment for asthma on the People's Pharmacy website, I am now taking azithromycin. My pulmonologist was aware of this treatment and agreed to me trying it. After fo…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2014 9 Comments
    Jim’s Story: Reclaiming a Life Nearly Ruin…

    Back in 1985, things were going well for Jim Quinlan and his wife. They had just bought a house and had a second baby. Jim had a new job, too. Life was looking good, until the end of the year when Jim…

    By: Terry Graedon May 16, 2014 3 Comments
    Malia’s Story: Athletic Promise Threatened…

    Malia is an athlete, and in high school she was competing in cross-country at a very competitive level. Then, her senior year, a friend and teammate came down with a case of Chlamydia pneumoniae. Seve…

    By: Terry Graedon May 12, 2014 4 Comments
    Which Facts About Asthma Are Really Myths?

    In observance of National Asthma Awareness Month, we share five facts and five myths about asthma with you. Fact: Asthma affects about 18 million adults in America, or roughly 8% of the population. Fa…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2014 3 Comments
    Don’t Take Breathing for Granted: Today Is…

    May 6 is World Asthma Day and we at The People's Pharmacy strongly believe that this global initiative merits your attention. We will be devoting this entire month to important stories about asthma. T…

    By: Terry Graedon February 24, 2014 1 Comments
    When Asthma Is Caused by a Chronic Lung Infectio…

    Q. I have asthma and have found the drugs my doctors prescribe don't do very much for me. I was intrigued by something you wrote about asthma being caused by infection. Both my family physician and my…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2014 1 Comments
    Genetic Variations May Put Some People at Higher…

    Asthma treatment now relies on drugs that help open airways and keep them open. They are called long-acting beta agonists, or LABAs, and include salmeterol found in  Advair and formoterol in Symbicor…

    By: Terry Graedon January 27, 2014 7 Comments
    Curing Lung Infection Could Clear Up Asthma

    Q. I read a letter in your column from a person who had a lung infection and asthma. I seem to remember the infection was hard to detect. The doctor prescribed several rounds of antibiotics to clear i…

    By: Joe Graedon January 9, 2014 2 Comments
    Can You Cure Hard-To-Treat Asthma with Antibioti…

    Q. I learned about the extended use of antibiotics for hard-to-treat asthma and convinced my GP to try three weeks of the antibiotic. I went from a high of 380 on my peak flow meter to 480, a 100 poin…

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2013 7 Comments
    Living with Dogs May Help Protect Against Asthma

    An old Mexican folk remedy for a child's asthma is to adopt a Chihuahua. Most experts have long categorized this idea as an old wives' tale that has no basis in science. Now, a study published in the …