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Does Back to School Mean Back to Allergies?
Summer is coming to a close for students in North Carolina. The change of seasons and environment can spell trouble for asthma and allergy sufferers. They already know their at-home triggers and how to combat them, but have less control over their environment at school. Common classroom triggers include pollen, dust mites, mold, chalk dust, […]
Diabetic Tips: Making Sure It’s “In the Bag”
As a diabetic patient or parent, you are well aware that you need an emergency diabetes bag. This is one project that can’t be put off. Advance planning is key to successful management of your diabetes. Don’t “live and learn,” coming up with a Plan B on the fly. Here are some ideas for filling […]
Got Asthma or Allergies? There’s an App for That!
AllergyManager Geared towards helping those suffering with nasal allergies by allowing you to look up daily pollen counts. The app also provides 4-day allergy forecasts and coping tips. You can also use the symptom and severity tracker to report back to your doctor. Asthma Ally Pinpoints asthma and allergy triggers by tracking airborne irritants near […]
Pump, Don’t Fail Me Now!
Have you thought about what you would do if your insulin pump were to fail? It is important to have a plan in place for when and if this occurs. You can create a fail-safe plan for the rare event of a pump failure by following these four steps. Pump Failure Action Plan Step 1 […]
The Double Threat of Vaping
Food industry workers at a microwave popcorn factory were the first to get sick from inhaling the vapors from artificial flavorings. The vapors caused symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath, similar to those of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Popcorn: Tasty Snack; Popcorn Lung: Deadly Disease Dubbed popcorn lung, this condition (bronchiolitis […]
The Lowdown on Stress and Diabetes
If you have diabetes, stress can take a larger toll on your body. When the body is under stress, it acts as if it is under attack. Cortisol (the stress hormone) levels rise, causing your body to store energy in the form of glucose and fat. In diabetics, this process can be disrupted. The glucose […]
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: How Houseplants Affect Asthma and Air Quality
We are all familiar with the usual suspects that trigger asthma including secondhand smoke, dust mites, mold, pests like cockroaches, and pets. Did you know that your houseplants can affect the air quality in your home and your asthma? The Good: Many Common Houseplants Improve Indoor Air Quality Plants are frequently used to mediate the […]
Leaving on a Jet Plane: Traveling with Diabetes
Believe it or not, the upcoming travel season is upon us. If you’re diabetic and planning a trip, you may be a bit anxious about how best to manage your condition while away from home. You’re not alone. Taking a trip will require more preparation, but can still be an enjoyable experience. Below are a […]
EpiPen® Recall Announced by Mylan N.V.
Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company and Mylan’s manufacturing partner, has expanded a voluntary recall of select lots of EpiPen (epinephrine injection, USP) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors to now include additional lots distributed in the U.S. and other markets in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Lots Effected by […]
Are You Asthma Aware?
Did you know that May is Asthma Awareness Month? Spring is in the air, and as temperatures rise, an asthmatic’s symptoms reach their peak. This is a perfect time to review some key points about asthma. With May quickly approaching, let’s have a refresher of some Frequently Asked Questions asked by asthmatics and their loved ones. […]
The 411 on CGM
The medical device market is always advancing technologically, as with most other industries. One new technological development, the Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), provides added peace of mind to diabetics by providing 24-7 information about blood sugar levels. This constant feedback provided by the device allows for better short and long term control of your diabetes, which will […]
Vaping is Smoking, Too
It’s no secret that tobacco is one of the most common asthma triggers. Tobacco smoke irritates the airways and causes your lungs to produce more mucus. In addition, it weakens the tiny hairs called cilia that sweep away mucus and other irritants that settle in your airways. Quitting smoking is an excellent method of combating […]
Keeping You in the Loop About the Artificial Pancreas
If you have Type 1 diabetes, your entire day can be spent treating your condition. Over the past few decades, technology has advanced significantly, making life as a Type 1 diabetic easier than ever before. The FDA approval of a new medical device called the artificial pancreas in September 2016 will continue this trend. Derek […]
When Valentine’s Day is Bittersweet
Most people are aware of the most common asthma triggers which are referred to as the 3 Ps: pets, pollen, and pollution. Recent studies have brought a new one to light – sugar. The reason? Sugar causes inflammation of the airways. I bet you didn’t know that a little sugar could cause such a reaction. […]
Five Flu Myths Debunked Just in Time for Flu Season
January is the height of flu season, and if you haven’t been vaccinated, it’s not too late to do so. Influenza or “the flu,” as it more commonly known. This respiratory virus that can be fatal and causes severe symptoms including high fever, shaking chills, headache, body aches, cough, and tiredness. If you haven’t ever […]
Five Misconceptions About Diabetes
There are many misconceptions about diabetes. Below are a few of them followed by the truth. Myth: People get Type 1 diabetes from eating too much sugar Reality: No one really knows how someone gets the disease. It does not mean that the patient eats too much sugar. “Type 1 is like being hit by lightning, and […]
It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Asthma Season
The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but not so much for asthma sufferers. While in the midst of the flurry of activity the season brings, it can be hard for asthmatics to enjoy themselves, especially when away from home. Here are some things that you can do to make your […]
The Sunshine Vitamin: Diabetes Edition!
The sunshine vitamin strikes again! Last month, we discussed how important vitamin D can be to reducing children’s risks for asthma. Now we will also look into how the “sunshine vitamin” could be affecting risks for diabetes. First, what exactly is vitamin D? Not a Vitamin, but a Hormone Vitamin D is a unique steroid […]
Asthma and Obesity: The Chicken or the Egg?
Over the last two decades, asthma and obesity have reached epidemic proportions. Obesity is a common comorbidity to asthma and it is commonly thought that obesity precedes the asthma symptoms. Now, the question has been raised about whether it is the other way around. Does obesity follow on the heels of asthma or is it […]
Diabetes and the Dopey Effects of Dopamine
Have you ever wondered if there was more as to why it can be so hard to eat well? Insulin has been linked to the pleasure centers of our brain! According to a recent study, insulin has been found to be strongly allied with dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls pleasure. This can mean a myriad […]