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Surviving Summer Asthma Flare-Ups

July 5th, 2018 (No Comments)

Summer is here! People with asthma should always be prepared for asthma triggers as the weather continues to get hotter. You may experience triggers like coughing and shortness of breath due to the hot weather. Here are some tips for surviving summer asthma flare ups. Tip 1: Exercise smart. People with asthma may be more […]

Asthma Protection During Hurricane Season

June 6th, 2018 (No Comments)

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season? With June 1st being the beginning of hurricane season, what’s a better time to discuss how to protect yourself and your family from asthma triggers after a hurricane or tropical storm? Hurricanes produce high winds which blow pollen and mold spores into the air that can make asthma symptoms […]

Added Sugar Amounts Now on Nutrition Facts Panel

May 24th, 2018 (No Comments)

Nutrition News: Added Sugar Now on the Nutrition Facts Panel You may have already seen an updated Nutrition Facts label on products you’ve recently bought. Effective July 2018 the FDA will require that the Nutrition Facts label include a new category – added sugar. This category will be shown in the Total Carbohydrates section – […]

Fun Kids Asthma Awareness Activities

May 10th, 2018 (No Comments)

What’s better than sharing a fun website with your kids? Here is one to help them learn more about asthma for Asthma Awareness month. The name of the website is NoAttacks.org which is sponsored by the EPA. When you visit the website you will be drawn in by all of the bright colors and fun […]

Diabetes Rates Rise Among Children and Teens

April 19th, 2018 (No Comments)

The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported that new cases of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are on the rise in youth. Estimates indicate that in the United States, 29.1 million people live with diabetes. About 208,000 of those are younger than 20. While Type 2 diabetes has a strong correlation with […]

7 Asthma Myths for Asthma Awareness Month

April 12th, 2018 (No Comments)

Did you know that May is Asthma Awareness month? With spring in the air it is a perfect time to test your knowledge and learn more about asthma symptoms and triggers. Check out these seven asthma myths. Myth: All Asthma is the same There are several types of asthma but here are the most common […]

Insulin Delivery Methods – New Technology

March 22nd, 2018 (No Comments)

Diabetes patients get their insulin in a variety of ways. Options include multiple daily injections and insulin pumps. Each of these methods involves a needle stick. New insulin delivery methods promise needle-free insulin delivery. Insulin Patches There’s an appealing new way of delivering insulin that’s in the stages of early research – insulin patches. The […]

CDC Reports Drop in US Asthma Rates

March 8th, 2018 (No Comments)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released data on the state of childhood asthma in their CDC Vital Signs: Asthma in Children – United States report. The news is good – there has been a drop in asthma rates. The number of children that experienced an asthma attack in the past year has declined […]

Exercise and Blood Sugar Control for Kids with Diabetes

February 22nd, 2018 (No Comments)

There are many good reasons for anyone with diabetes to participate in a regular exercise program. But what are the important considerations about exercise and blood sugar control for kids with diabetes? Exercise can stabilize blood sugar levels and help maintain a healthy weight. Excess body fat prevents insulin from working to its full potential […]

5 Keys to a Fun and Safe Summer Camp Experience for Kids with Asthma and Allergies

February 8th, 2018 (No Comments)

Summer may seem years away when you are wearing a scarf and lots of layers on a cold winter’s day. It will be here before you know it. What is your favorite memory of summer camp? Do you have happy memories of canoeing, campfires or maybe even sleeping under the stars? Summer camp is a […]

Summer Camp for Everyone: Even Kids with Diabetes!

January 25th, 2018 (No Comments)

Many of us have fond memories of summer camp like singing around campfires, roasting marshmallows, creating arts and crafts treasures and swimming in cool refreshing lakes. Perhaps we’ll try to suppress the memories of itchy mosquito bites, rain soaked clothing, and ‘interesting’ food offerings. Good or bad, summer camp is definitely a rite of passage. […]

Cold Weather Tips for Asthma Sufferers

January 11th, 2018 (No Comments)

North Carolina is typically known for its mild winters. 2018 looks to be off to a very chilly start! People who suffer from asthma may be caught off guard when the weather forecast turns unusually cold. As with most things, preparation is the key to keeping asthma under control. Cold Air = Increased Lung Inflammation […]

Diabetic Resolutions to Start 2018 off Right

December 28th, 2017 (No Comments)

The New Year is right around the corner. This is a time for reflection and planning. Have you thought about what you would like to change in the coming year? Many people resolve to get more exercise, eat healthy, lose weight, spend more time with family and friends, etc. at the beginning of a new […]

Exercising with Asthma: Your Lungs Will Thank You

December 7th, 2017 (1 Comment)

We hear all the time from multiple sources to get more exercise.  Everyone has their reasons for not getting enough.  We all know we should do it more, but feel like we don’t have enough time or energy to do so.  If you suffer from asthma, you may fear that working out would make your […]

Budget Your Calories for a Bountiful Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2017 (No Comments)

The year has flown by and Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. For many, this holiday means overindulgence. For diabetics, it can be a very difficult time for many reasons. The hardest is resisting temptations. Who doesn’t love seconds or even thirds of their favorite dishes; i.e., mashed potatoes? An important thing to remember […]

Six Best and Worst Foods for Asthmatics

November 2nd, 2017 (No Comments)

Asthma is a challenging, but very treatable illness. There are many medications and tools available to help relieve symptoms. Did you know that asthma prevention can start in your kitchen? Not all foods are created equal. What foods might be best for asthmatics? There are even healthy foods that may worsen your asthma symptoms. Foods […]

Insulin Pump vs. Multiple Injection: The Choice is Yours

October 19th, 2017 (No Comments)

Treating diabetes can be a very time consuming, day-after-day process, but today’s diabetic has a plethora of different treatment options available — more than ever before. Type 1 diabetics can choose between an insulin pump or administering multiple daily injections (MDI) for their insulin delivery. If you are not on a pump currently, you probably aren’t […]

Music to Our Lungs: How Making Music Can Help Asthma

October 5th, 2017 (No Comments)

Music is a wonderful stress release for many people. For some, the release comes from listening to the music and relating to the lyrics. It strikes a chord inside of us all. For others, making music is the release. Whether you play an instrument or sing, you are successfully dissolving the stress of your day-to-day. […]

Can Diabetes Give You The Blues?

September 19th, 2017 (No Comments)

The number of Americans that suffer from depression, also known as Major Depressive Disorder is increasing all the time. Depression is more than being sad or in a bad mood. This condition is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Unfortunately, depression often goes undiagnosed and, therefore, untreated. As it turns out, diabetics are especially vulnerable […]

Albuterol to the Rescue

September 7th, 2017 (No Comments)

Rescue inhalers are a great comfort to anyone with asthma since the onset of symptoms can be sudden and frightening. Since 2004, Federal law allows children to carry rescue medication for emergencies at school.What happens when a child forgets their inhaler at home? New federal legislation may help address this concern. School-Based Respiratory Health Management […]

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