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  • Anticholinergic drugs linked to risk for pneumonia in elderly

    Respiratory / Asthma News From Medical News Today
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Group Health study suggests higher risk with acute or chronic useTaking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects is associated with a significantly higher risk for developing...
  • Smoking when pregnant increases cancer risk for daughters

    Asthma News -- ScienceDaily
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    Women who smoke when pregnant are putting their daughters at a greater risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer later in life, a new study has determined. Findings also demonstrated that mothers who reported smoking most days while pregnant had daughters who had an earlier age of first menstruation, or menarche.
  • Study suggests saunas can prolong life and 7’s the lucky number at Spa Castle

    Asthma News
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    … also help relieve allergies and asthma, soften and clear the skin … prevent topical dermatitis and relieve asthma symptoms. Jade Sauna: Find yourself …
  • Dustmites: The most common asthma trigger

    Respiratory Therapy Cave
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    The following was originally published at healthcentral.com/asthma on February 28, 2014. Dustmites: The Dirty Asthma TriggerAmong the most common asthma triggers are tiny little critters called dust mites that live amid the dust in your home. They are seemingly everywhere all at once, although they are too small to be seen by the naked eye. If you have allergies and asthma, they can make your life miserable, although with a bit of wisdom you can learn to control them.Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments where people and animals live. They feed off flakes of skin that fall off of us.
  • Guest Blog - Aroma Reflexology by Ula Boyle

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    brendarock
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:19 am
    Aromatherapy oils are naturally fragrant oils that come from a variety of plants, flowers and fruit and contain many therapeutic properties that have been known for centuries, originating in ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. Combining essential oils with Reflexology has many health benefits as together they can stimulate and enhance the body’s ability to rebalance itself and heal. When inhaled the aroma of the essential oils is processed by the brain producing strong physiological and psychological effects. Reflexology is a natural, gentle healing therapy dating back to…
 
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  • Smoking when pregnant increases cancer risk for daughters

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    Women who smoke when pregnant are putting their daughters at a greater risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer later in life, a new study has determined. Findings also demonstrated that mothers who reported smoking most days while pregnant had daughters who had an earlier age of first menstruation, or menarche.
  • 'Life-prolonging' research for cystic fibrosis patients underway

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    Preventing lung infections in childhood could stop later life-threatening infections for people with cystic fibrosis (CF), according to recent research. Scientists are investigating how bacteria found in children with CF can disarm their natural defence mechanisms, making it easier for more virulent bacteria to infect their airways. By the time many CF patients reach adulthood, they have already contracted the chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial strain, which can cause extensive and eventually fatal damage to the lungs. The infection is currently extremely difficult to treat effectively.
  • L.A. story: Cleaner air, healthier kids

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    A 20-year study shows that decreasing air pollution in Los Angeles has led to healthier lungs for millennials when compared to children in the '90s. The gains in lung function paralleled improving air quality in the communities studied, and across the Los Angeles basin, as policies to fight pollution took hold.
  • Infant gut bacteria and food sensitization: Associations in the first year of life

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    New light has been shed on changes in intestinal bacteria of infants that can predict future development of food allergies or asthma. The research reveals that infants with a fewer number of different bacteria in their gut at three months of age are more likely to become sensitized to foods such as milk, egg or peanut by the time they are one year old.
  • Marijuana: The allergen you never knew existed

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    As marijuana’s legal status throughout the country continues to change, people should know it can cause allergic reactions.
 
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  • Dustmites: The most common asthma trigger

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    The following was originally published at healthcentral.com/asthma on February 28, 2014. Dustmites: The Dirty Asthma TriggerAmong the most common asthma triggers are tiny little critters called dust mites that live amid the dust in your home. They are seemingly everywhere all at once, although they are too small to be seen by the naked eye. If you have allergies and asthma, they can make your life miserable, although with a bit of wisdom you can learn to control them.Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments where people and animals live. They feed off flakes of skin that fall off of us.
  • 760-370 B.C.: How did Hippocrates assess his patients

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    Hippocrates examining a child, a painting by Robert Thom, 1950's.Hippocrates became the most famous physicians of ancient Greece during the Age of Pericles by his skill and gentle approach as a physician. His approach to medicine was highly regarded not just by his patients, but by his peers. By his example, and through his writings, he would almost single handily improve the image of medicine. In order to help future physicians develop the skills and technique needed to become a respected physician, and to create a good image of the profession, he compiled all the medical wisdom from the…
  • Rare Disease Day: Severe Asthma

    28 Feb 2015 | 6:11 am
    Today is rare disease day.  Does Severe Asthma qualify as a rare disease.  This is a relatively new sub-group of asthma, and some champion for it to be a disease entity of it's own, with it's own treatment guidelines. Asthma affects about 10 percent of the world's population, and severe asthma affects about 10 percent of asthmatics.  So that should make it pretty rare. Typical asthma presents with chronically inflamed airways that are oversensitive to environmental triggers. Asthma attacks are completely reversible with time or treatment.  It responds well to…
  • 400 B.C.: The Hippocratic Oath

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:24 am
    Wall plaque of Hippocratic OathWhat good is a physician who cannot be trusted.  If you were wounded in battle and had access to a physician, then you could get a soothing salve to allay your pain and speed your recovery.  Yet amid rumors your doctor took a bribe to poison a friend of yours, you wonder if you should avoid your doctor at all costs.It was such poor ethics among the medical community around 400 B.C. that enticed the writers of the Corpus Hippocraticum to write an oath.  The goal was to improve ethics among physicians, and increase respect for the profession among…
  • Believers tend to be better patients

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:05 am
    He was dying and he knew it.  Yet still he continued to read his history book.  I entered his room, and he smiled at me.  He told me stories of his past.  He enlightened me about what he was reading about.  He was a very smart man.  He was a good man. I got to know him quite well over the course of a few days.  Then one day I sat down in a chair, and he said, "You know that I'm dying and it doesn't bother me. You want to know why?"I nodded and watched as he picked up his Bible.  "This is the reason I don't worry about death.  I know that death is…
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  • Guest Blog - Aroma Reflexology by Ula Boyle

    brendarock
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:19 am
    Aromatherapy oils are naturally fragrant oils that come from a variety of plants, flowers and fruit and contain many therapeutic properties that have been known for centuries, originating in ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. Combining essential oils with Reflexology has many health benefits as together they can stimulate and enhance the body’s ability to rebalance itself and heal. When inhaled the aroma of the essential oils is processed by the brain producing strong physiological and psychological effects. Reflexology is a natural, gentle healing therapy dating back to…
  • Fuck Colloidal Silver

    Bronwyn Rigby
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:20 pm
    This may be one of those rather self indulgent posts in which I complain about how crappy I feel because of all sorts of health reasons. It’s my blog,  so here it goes. Fuck it,  just fuck fucking fuck it. I have very little control over my body and my mind at the moment. Usual pain levels I can cope with as long as I keep to my pain management routines. However,  add to that prednisone withdrawals and I am just so fucked. Tired,  constantly hungry,  bruises,  hair falling out,  depression and the almost constant feeling of thousands of little tingly…
  • Winter, I'd love it if you would quit killing me.

    littlewheezy
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:29 pm
    I don’t know about ya’ll, but up here in Houston it is still freaking winter, and it is driving me out of my mind. I’m a Houston Native, and I’ve never been very fond of the cold. One huge reason I can’t stand this season is my asthma. I don’t know if ya’ll tend to have flair up’s during this time period, but for me it seems to worsen all of my issues by like 30x. Not only am I freezing my tail off, but I can’t breathe. It is literally the worst time of the year.(Said in Kourtney Kardashian Voice) For me all of this constant change in…
  • Try Not to Mix Acetaminophen with Asthma

    mrprewitt
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The following post is reblogged with the contributions of Contemporary Pediatrics. When it comes to the possible link between acetaminophen and asthma, the most prudent response might be “primum non nocere,” or “first, do no harm.” That’s the advice offered in a review of recent clinical studies on the issue. Acknowledging the challenge facing pediatricians, policy makers, and professional organizations in the absence of incontrovertible evidence, John T. McBride, director of the Robert T. Stone, MD, Respiratory Center at Akron Children’s Hospital, advocates that physicians…
  • Basic Instinct

    doingitmyway04
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:59 pm
    instinct [in-stingkt] /ˈɪn stɪŋkt/ noun an inborn pattern of activity or tendency to action common to a given biological species. a natural or innate impulse, inclination, or tendency. a natural aptitude or gift: an instinct for making money. a natural intuitive power. Instinct is hard to ignore, especially if you are a woman. For most of us, it runs deep, in our blood in our hearts and in our minds. Our instincts guide us, drive us and give us strength to make decisions, judgments and determine protocol for life. My instinct is so strong, it screams from inside of me most times like a…
 
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  • How to Make your Home Pet Allergy Free: 8 Tips

    admin2
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Pet allergy refers to the allergies that arise as a reaction to the allergens found in the skin cells, saliva or urine of pet animals. The most common signs of the pet allergies include sneezing and runny nose while some may also experience wheezing and a trigger of asthmatic episode. People who suffer from these allergies but cannot live without the furry creatures can take many precautionary steps so as to make their home per allergy free. These steps aim at helping them reduce the risk of allergy triggers and limit exposure. Those who are allergic to the pets must try and make minimum…
  • All you need to know about Baby Food Allergies

    admin2
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Baby food allergy refers to the condition wherein the baby’s immune system has an adverse or bad reaction to a certain food component he/ she has consumed. It is like the immune system treats the food the baby is allergic to as an invader and hence launches an attack to protect the body from it. Studies have shown a rise in the percent of kids ((below the age of 12years) who have food allergies. The prevalence of food allergies in babies/ kids seems to growing at a faster rate in the western world. Further details about the common allergens, symptoms and all that you need to know about the…
  • Symptoms and How to Deal with Food Allergies in Babies and Toddlers

    admin2
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm
    When a child is allergic to food; the food comes to her/him like an invader first attacking the immune system. In some cases, the body will automatically make an antibody called IgE, which is a protein that detects the food causing the allergy and releases substances such as histamine to fight the allergy. Thereby, you can see the allergy symptoms; the intensity varies with children from mild to severe. The symptoms of food allergies can show up within few minutes or after 2-3 hours; you will see swelling like hives, breathing trouble or other bodily discomforts. Some also experience eczema,…
  • Homeopathy to Cure Asthma

    admin2
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Although the cause of asthma varies widely, from genetic to pollution, it is one health disorder that is not just poignantly existent but is globally increasing in an alarming rate every year. The primary cause behind this ever increasing rate is increase in pollution, exposure to artificial food, and chemicals. These ever growing phenomenon are making our body’s immune system to malfunction at a point thus leaving us as victims to respiratory and skin ailments. Although asthmatic treatments primarily depends upon bronchodilators and steroids, which honestly work wonders in acute conditions…
  • Wheat Allergy – Its Symptoms and Signs

    admin2
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:17 pm
    What Causes Wheat Allergy? Wheat contains four types of proteins; namely albumin, gliadin, globulin and gluten – if you are allergic to any one of these proteins then you are prone to have wheat allergy on consumption of the same. Kids are more prone to these allergens; sometimes the first signs are visible when you are in your 20’s. Sometimes signs of this allergy appear during childhood but vanish once you cross the 20s. Foods that Cause Wheat Allergy Wheat is found in numerous foods, including some that might not even come to your mind generally like soy sauce, beer, and ketchup.
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  • Potential Treatments for Food Allergy - 2015 update

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This article from from Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North Ameica presents an overview of potential treatments of food allergy:1. Various forms of immunotherapy:- oral immunotherapy- sublingual immunotherapy- epicutaneous immunotherapy- immunotherapy with modified food antigens- immunotherapy with a recombinant peanut vaccine)2. Allergen nonspecific treatments:- Chinese herbal formulas- probiotics/prebiotics- helminths- monoclonal antibodies- toll-like receptor agonistsReferences:Potential Treatments for Food Allergy - 2015 update from Immunology and Allergy Clinics http://buff.ly/1sOQL7u…
  • Treating PASLI Immunodeficiency Disease - NIH video

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    From NIH/NIAD: Watch a video about a family’s experience with NIAID researchers who study rare disorders like PASLI disease.Primary immune deficiency diseases (PIDDs) are rare, genetic disorders that impair the immune system. Without a functional immune response, people with PIDDs may be subject to chronic, debilitating infections, such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which also can increase the risk of developing cancer. PIDDs may be diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adulthood, depending on disease severity. They are estimated to affect more than 500,000 people in the United States.In 2013,…
  • Protocol for skin testing with levothyroxine

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    How to prepare the solution?Thyroxin solution for skin testing can be prepared by crushing a tablet (50 mcg) and mixing with 1 mL of 0.9% phosphate-buffered saline for 2 hours. The solution can be passed through a 0.2-micrometer-pore filter if future IV administration is indicated. This should be done by a pharmacist. How to do the skin test?Prick test with levothyroxine solutiion, 50 mcg/mL. If negative, do intradermal testing with 0.02 mL of the solution in concentrations of 1:100,000, 1:10,000, 1:1,000, 1:100, and 1:10. If the tests are negative, a challenge with levothyroxine should be…
  • Severe Asthma in Children - free full text review in JACI: In Practice

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Severe asthma in children is characterized by sustained symptoms despite treatment with high doses of inhaled corticosteroids or oral corticosteroids. Severe asthma is divided into 2 categories:- difficult-to-treat asthma - poor control due to an incorrect diagnosis or comorbidities, or poor adherence- severe therapy-resistant asthma - poor control despite management of the factors aboveSevere asthma: “What to do when asthma is not doing well?” (click to enlarge the image).Severe asthma is a highly heterogeneous disorder associated with a number of clinical and inflammatory phenotypes.
  • 16 VOCs could distinguish between healthy and asthma patients with a sensitivity of 100%, specificity of 91%

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Volatile organic compounds (VOC) in exhaled air are released during inflammation in response to oxidative stress as a result of activated leukocytes. VOC profiles in exhaled air could distinguish between asthma patients and healthy subjects. In this study from Switzerland, the researchers aimed to classify new asthma endotypes by combining inflammatory mechanisms investigated by VOC profiles in exhaled air and clinical information of asthma patients.Breath samples were analyzed for VOC profiles by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry from 195 asthma patients and 40 healthy controls. Out of…
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