By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2018 13 Comments
    What’s Your Personal Invisible Cloud Made …

    Many people have heard of the microbiota in our digestive tracts. This collection of bacteria, viruses and fungi live together inside us and impact our health. It is sometimes referred to as the "micr…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 3 Comments
    When Do Americans Develop a Sweet Tooth?

    How early do Americans develop their sweet tooth and a taste for added sugar? A new study found that 99 percent of toddlers less than two years old consumed more than seven teaspoons of added sugar a …

    By: Terry Graedon May 24, 2018 5 Comments
    What Are the Hazards of Hair Straighteners?

    Some African-American women regularly use hair-straightening products to achieve the look they like. A recent study suggests, however, that these cosmetics are far from benign. What are the dangers of…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2018 1 Comments
    You Don’t Have to Be a Farmer to Benefit f…

    Epidemiologists have observed that children who grow up on farms are less susceptible to allergies than their urban counterparts. (Our previous report on this interesting phenomenon is below.) Now a D…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2018 13 Comments
    What Are the Best Drugs for a Desert Island Adve…

    Remember Robinson Crusoe? He was the protagonist in a novel written by Daniel Defoe that was published in 1719. Crusoe was stranded on a desert island for 28 years before being rescued. A modern versi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 7, 2018 6 Comments
    How to Overcome Hoarseness from Advair

    Have you become so hoarse you could barely talk? Most people have experienced laryngitis as part of a respiratory tract infection like a cold or bronchitis. But some people report that certain inhaled…

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2018 32 Comments
    How Does Temperature Affect Mail Order Medicines…

    Many insurance companies love mail order pharmacies. That’s because they can often save money by having patients get their medicines from large services rather than local pharmacies. Pharmacy benefi…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2018 32 Comments
    Steroid Inhaler Laryngitis (SIL) More Common Tha…

      The standard treatment for asthma and COPD often involves inhaled corticosteroid drugs like beclomethasone (Qvar), budesonide (Pulmicort, Symbicort) and fluticasone (Advair, Flovent). One side …

    By: Joe Graedon February 26, 2018 11 Comments
    Curing Asthma By Eliminating An Underlying Funga…

    Asthma is often perceived as a life-long condition that cannot be cured. Millions of people are prescribed corticosteroid drugs and bronchodilators for years if not for decades. Many absolutely must t…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2018 14 Comments
    Cleaning Products Linked to Worsening Lung Funct…

    Women who use common cleaning products at home or at work are at risk for a decline in lung function. The drop may be gradual, but it appears to be sustained. European Respiratory Health Survey: That …

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2018 12 Comments
    What Should You Do If Your Medicine Freezes?

    There are very stringent guidelines about how medicines should be stored. The manufacturer and the FDA agree about the proper temporary and long-term storage temperatures. We fear that pharmaceutical …

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 8 Comments
    Can You Cure Asthma With Antifungal Medicine?

    For many people, asthma is a mysterious condition. Wheezing and shortness of breath may seem to come from nowhere. Health professionals frequently blame asthma on allergies. Perhaps a person is allerg…

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2017 3 Comments
    Do Sex Hormones Have an Impact on Asthma?

    Researchers have long wondered why asthma is significantly more common in women than in men. This disparity is especially striking because the reverse is true before puberty. As a result, scientists h…

    By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2017 1 Comments
    A Dog in the Home: Less Asthma and Eczema for Ki…

    Parents may be able to reduce the chance of their children developing asthma with a simple approach: get a dog. Two studies presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology showed t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Extra Vitamin D for Asthma Improve Breathin…

    According to the CDC there are about 25 million Americans who have asthma. That means that one 1 of every 12 people has some degree of wheezing, chest tightness, coughing or breathing difficulties. Co…

    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 22 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 3 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 18 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 16 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…