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‘Basics’

Peak Flow Meters

Published March - 19 - 2009

peakflowmeterWhat 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 »

News for Your Nose: Nasal Corticosteroids

Published March - 19 - 2009

nasalSo 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

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Vocal Cord Dysfunction: Something to Talk About

Published February - 19 - 2009

vcd-aat-6_11By 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 »

athlete2By 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 »

Ask Dr. White: Is This COPD?

Published February - 12 - 2009

womananddrDear 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 »

It’s Not ALL in Your Head

Published February - 10 - 2009

sinusBy 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 »

Love is in the Air

Published February - 6 - 2009

loveair-ma-22_2It’s springtime. Everywhere you turn there are signs of new life: baby animals, daffodils and brightly colored growth on trees and bushes. Read the rest of this entry »

Antivirals, Seasonal Flu and You

Published February - 5 - 2009

flu1Have you ever asked your doctor for antibiotics to treat a bad cold, only to be told that you’d just have to wait it out? Read the rest of this entry »

Facing the Facts: Recognize the Signs of Asthma

Published February - 4 - 2009

chestThe asthma diagnosis caught Mary Christopher short, yet deep down the 47-year-old executive wasn’t totally surprised. Family and friends had repeatedly suggested the possibility over the past year, but she had tossed off the comments. Read the rest of this entry »

Calming Your Cough

Published February - 4 - 2009

cough-10Practical advice from allergist Pramod Kelkar, MD

Cough, cough, cough. That maddening cough that never goes away. The cough that makes people in the grocery store cover their carts as they speed past you. The cough that hammers a classroom of students trying to take a test or learn a new concept. Why do we cough? What can we do about it Read the rest of this entry »