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Puppies Reduce a Child’s Risk for Asthma

August 11th, 2016 (1 Comment)

The benefits of having a canine companion to come home to are numerous. New research states that lowering a child’s asthma risk is yet another reason to add to that list. Having a dog has been shown to reduce a child’s risk for asthma. It can also reduce levels of stress and depression, increase one’s […]

5 Natural Remedies to Aide Diabetes

July 28th, 2016 (No Comments)

I have often thought that there has to be ways to boost my body’s ability to care for itself without adding to my medicine cabinet. There has been a surge in patients seeking naturopathic doctors, as well as traditional medical doctors researching the benefits of naturopathic remedies alongside necessary prescriptions. Many clinical trials have shown […]

The Sunshine Vitamin

July 14th, 2016 (No Comments)

What if all it took was a little sunshine to lower your baby’s risk for asthma? In a recent study, researchers have observed that women with more vitamin D in their second trimester lowered their babies’ risk for asthma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 12 in the U.S. suffers […]

Obesity Raises the Risk of Asthma in Women

June 9th, 2016 (No Comments)

Researchers have identified obesity as a health risk for asthma, but a new study revealed that the level of risk differs for men and women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study in March that looked at the prevalence of asthma from 2011-2014 among adults based on weight. The rate of […]

How to Plan for Camping with Asthma and Allergies

May 26th, 2016 (1 Comment)

Camping isn’t for everyone, but I think it’s one of those time-honored American traditions that everyone should try at least once. It’s an opportunity to enjoy fresh air, hike in beautiful surroundings, and take a refreshing break from pervasive technology. Experienced campers understand the importance of packing proper gear, plenty of food and water, and […]

The 5 Best Apps for Diabetes Management

May 12th, 2016 (1 Comment)

Smartphone Apps to Track Health With the advent of apps for smartphones, there’s something nostalgic about using a pen and paper. At meetings, I often find myself still jotting down action items in a notebook instead of in my iPad. But, when it comes to tracking my health, I’m grateful to have so many intuitive […]

What Ozone Forecast Season Means for Air Quality

April 28th, 2016 (No Comments)

Spring snuck up on me this year–not that I’m complaining! It doesn’t seem that long ago that the news was monopolized by winter weather warnings and threats of snowstorms. I’m more than happy to put those snow boots away and slip into my favorite summer sandals! The advent of warmer weather also means we’re heading […]

Local Honey Won’t Provide Sweet Relief from Allergies

April 14th, 2016 (No Comments)

Lately I’ve noticed a lot of buzz about home remedies. I’ve read about eating coconut for stomach troubles, using milk of magnesia as deodorant, and I’ve noticed a movement growing surrounding the purported benefits of essential oils. One home remedy I hear about the most is the potential benefit of eating local honey to treat […]

Credit-Card Sized Inhaler Fits in Your Wallet

March 24th, 2016 (No Comments)

I bet I’m not alone in the constant battle to limit the amount of stuff I carry around during the day. With oversized purses in fashion, it’s easy to want to fill up the space in my bag with everything but the kitchen sink. There are so many essentials—medication, hand sanitizer, tissues, lip balm, mints—that […]

Join the American Lung Association in the Fight for Air Climb!

March 10th, 2016 (No Comments)

When you’re trying to get back into shape, you’re more likely to reach your fitness goals if you start with simple, specific and attainable goals. There are small steps you can take each day to kick-start your efforts like parking farther from the door when shopping to get more walking in, or taking the stairs […]

What Climate Change Means for Allergy Season

February 25th, 2016 (No Comments)

One unique and popular way to usher in spring in the Triangle area is by attending a movie on the lawn at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Thousands turn out with picnic baskets in tow to enjoy a favorite snack while watching a film under the stars. That’s one of the best parts about […]

Asthmatics with Occasional Migraines at Greater Risk of Developing Chronic Migraines

February 11th, 2016 (No Comments)

For those that experience migraines, these intense headaches can vary from an annoyance to a major disruption in daily living. That head-pounding, throbbing feeling can be followed by nausea and even vomiting. The painful effects of a migraine can last for a few hours or even a few days. The causes of these debilitating headaches […]

Type 1 Diabetes in Children on the Rise

January 28th, 2016 (No Comments)

The rate of children with type 2 diabetes has declined since 2002, but unfortunately, the rate of type 1 diabetes in children is on the rise. Researchers used a national database to track the rate of type 1 diabetes amount children in the U.S. and published the results of their study in the journal “Diabetes […]

EPA Implements Cleaner Diesel Bus Program to Improve Air Quality for Students

January 14th, 2016 (No Comments)

It seems like I get stuck behind a smelly car at least once a week during my commute. I feel trapped in my own car, breathing in smelly exhaust fumes. It always seems difficult getting away from those cars—I can’t seem to change lanes fast enough. Pollution from exhaust is more than just an annoyance—it […]

Treating Sleep Apnea Reduces Risk of Diabetes

January 7th, 2016 (No Comments)

Untreated sleep apnea is tied to a whole host of other health problems like an increased risk for heart disease, hypertension, stroke and diabetes. The risk goes both ways for sleep apnea and diabetes – type 2 diabetes can increase the likelihood of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but having OSA can also increase the chance […]

5 Healthy New Years Resolutions for Asthma Sufferers

December 31st, 2015 (No Comments)

If you’re getting ready to write your New Year’s resolutions, you’re in good company—45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The coming New Year is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past year and identify areas for improvement. Most resolutions, 47% to be exact, are related to self-improvement or education—we’d all like to be […]

Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

December 24th, 2015 (No Comments)

The decision to breastfeed or use formula is one of those polarizing parenting subjects akin to co-sleeping or hiring a nanny versus using day care. Breastfeeding can be a real challenge for busy moms, but researchers continue to find more and more examples of how breastfeeding benefits a baby’s immune system. In addition ato delivering […]

New Research Explores Link Between Vitamin D and Cold Symptoms in Asthma Sufferers

December 17th, 2015 (No Comments)

We often associate a vitamin D deficiency with weak bones, but it’s also linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, cognitive impairment in older adults, and severe asthma in children. Vitamin D, or the “sunshine vitamin,” is created in the body after exposure to sunlight, and it can be absorbed from foods like fish […]

Air Pollution Could Increase Risk of Diabetes

December 11th, 2015 (No Comments)

It’s easy to recognize the effects of air pollution on our ability to breathe, but air pollution can cause a myriad of other health conditions. Air pollution is the ninth most important cardiovascular risk factor for heart disease, and new research shows that it could also increase the risk of resistance to insulin in children—a […]

Proposed Legislation Will Make Public Housing Smoke-free

December 3rd, 2015 (No Comments)

It wasn’t that long ago that restaurants asked patrons, “Would you like to be seated in the smoking or non-smoking section?” In 2010, North Carolina’s legislature passed North Carolina’s Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law that gradually made that question obsolete. Smoke-free legislation is growing traction on a national level with the proposed rule to make […]

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