When the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the new national asthma guidelines, Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3), AANMA was excited to read that many of the Expert Panel’s recommendations echo asthma treatment concepts we’ve been supporting since 1985. Read the rest of this entry »
For years, physicians have assessed asthma by measuring how much air a patient can exhale. Now, some doctors are beginning to measure what’s in that breathed-out air – specifically, nitric oxide (NO). Scientists have discovered that the amount of nitric oxide in a patient’s breath indicates the degree of inflammation in the airways. Read the rest of this entry »
If you love being outdoors, no doubt you’re all too familiar with bugs. Creeping, crawling or buzzing insects of every shape and size populate our gardens, fields and woods. Most are harmless and good for the environment. Some, like mosquitoes, inflict painful or irritating bites and spread diseases. A few produce venom that can trigger life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Read the rest of this entry »
A new Practice Bulletin from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says women with asthma should continue to use their asthma medications during pregnancy – work with your physician on the lowest dose needed – and physicians should monitor the women and fetuses closely throughout pregnancy (Obstetrics & Gynecology, February 2008). Read the rest of this entry »
What Is a Peak Flow Meter?
A peak flow meter is a handheld device that measures the peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR), or the volume of air that can be forcibly expelled from the airways. Read the rest of this entry »
So you have allergies – and the sneezing, itching, runny nose and nasal congestion that come with them. What can you do to relieve symptoms and avoid that groggy medication haze? Nasal corticosteroids might help.
Corticosteroids are a class of medication developed to reduce tissue inflammation (swelling). Inhaled
By Laurie Ross
Nine-year-old Ellie Carson lives to play soccer. To her, happiness is flying down the field after the ball.
For a while, though, it looked like she might have to stop chasing her dream. Read the rest of this entry »
By Laurie Ross
Competitive sports are as American as apple pie, and the late summer and early fall months see athletes of all ages gathering on fields. In much of the country, that means intense exercise in high heat and humidity – conditions that stress even the healthiest bodies. Read the rest of this entry »
Dear Dr. White:
I am only 37 years old, too young to be diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), but that’s what the doctor told me yesterday. I thought it was asthma because my symptoms are almost exactly like my husband and 9-year-old son, both of whom have asthma. Read the rest of this entry »
By Laurie Ross
What happens in your sinuses doesn’t always stay in your sinuses. In fact, it’s often the fuel that stokes airway inflammation – in other words, asthma. Fix sinus infections and you often fix the asthma. Read the rest of this entry »