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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 […]

How to Exercise Safely with Type 1 Diabetes

November 26th, 2015 (No Comments)

For many of us, making the decision whether or not to go to the gym after work (or before work for you early birds!) is a daily struggle. There are so many activities vying for your time whether it’s a trip to Target, happy hour with friends, or that new season of your favorite show […]

How to Manage Food Allergies During the Holidays

November 19th, 2015 (No Comments)

I read a funny story the other day by NPR’s Marc Silver about his quest to decipher a dog-eared, stained cookbook from his late mother-in-law. He wanted to keep her memory present at holiday meals, but struggled with missing information (and sometimes misinformation) from his mother-in-law’s handwritten notes. Through trial and error, he managed to […]

Regular, Moderate Exercise Improves Asthma Symptoms

November 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

There’s a long-standing myth that if you have asthma, you should avoid exercising, but there are numerous examples of professional athletes that thrive in their profession despite having asthma. Even individuals with exercise-induced asthma can reduce asthma symptoms by working with their doctor on a medication management plan. New research further dispels the “no exercise […]

Missing Gut Bacteria Plays Role in Development of Asthma

November 5th, 2015 (No Comments)

Lately there’s been a lot of buzz about gut bacteria, evidenced by the growing selection of probiotics available at Whole Foods and the rising popularity of Activia yogurt, which promises to bring balance to your gut bacteria. Research on gut bacteria is still in its infancy, but researchers are discovering that diversity in gut bacteria […]

Women with Diabetes at Higher Risk of Heart Attacks than Men

October 29th, 2015 (No Comments)

Gender plays an interesting role in how diabetes affects those with the condition. For example, pregnant women carrying a baby boy are at a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes than mothers of girls. New research has revealed another way that diabetes affects men and women differently—studies in China and Italy have shown that women […]

Bionic Pancreas Improves Control of Blood Sugar Levels for Diabetics

October 22nd, 2015 (1 Comment)

A big challenge for individuals with type 1 diabetes is having to continually check blood sugar levels and administer insulin throughout the day. A new device called the “bionic pancreas” would alleviate the need to both manually check glucose levels and administer insulin. A research team at the University of Cambridge, and another team at […]

Type 1 Diabetes Vaccine Under Development

October 15th, 2015 (No Comments)

The CDC recommends children get vaccinated for 16 diseases including polio, the flu, chickenpox, and the measles. A vaccine for type 1 diabetes may be added to that list in the near future–researchers at the University of Florida are currently developing a vaccine for type 1 diabetes. When tested on mice, the type 1 diabetes […]

Seattle Otter Diagnosed with Asthma

October 8th, 2015 (No Comments)

I was surprised to learn that wildfires on the West Coast have affected air quality as far away from the fire source as Colorado Springs, Colo. Even more surprising was the news that a Seattle otter was recently diagnosed with asthma triggered by smoke from these wildfires. In August, as the air at the Seattle […]

Diabetes Service Dogs Sniff Out Changes in Blood Sugar Levels

October 1st, 2015 (3 Comments)

I’m always impressed by the skills dogs can learn—skills that save lives in some cases. Service dogs help sight-impaired individuals better maneuver through their environment, are used in search and rescue missions, and protect soldiers over seas. Perhaps a less-widely known role for service dogs is assisting individuals with diabetes. ABC News recently published a […]

“Race to Quit, NC” Campaign Helps North Carolinians Win Their Race to be Smoke-Free

September 24th, 2015 (No Comments)

Smoking is one of the more common asthma triggers for children and adults with asthma, but one out of every five North Carolinians is still smoking. The number of smokers nationwide has dropped to 15%, but over 20% of North Carolinians smoke, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking kills 14,200 […]

Wildfires in California Affect Asthma Sufferers in Colorado

September 17th, 2015 (No Comments)

The photos and videos of the Northern California wildfires are both stunning and disheartening; as of Sept. 15, 13,000 people have had to leave their homes and 67,000 acres have burned in the valley fire. The fire isn’t just affecting California. Surprisingly enough, the smoke from the California fires is affecting the air quality hundreds […]

Why Outdoor Air Pollution is Hard on Your Heart

September 10th, 2015 (No Comments)

I’m fortunate to live in an area where it’s easy to hop on a greenway and go for a relaxing walk in the woods. The air seems just a little bit crisper and cleaner when I’m surrounded by trees and an umbrella of beautiful blue sky overhead. The air probably is a little cleaner–certainly more […]

Start School on the Right Foot with These Asthma Tips

September 3rd, 2015 (1 Comment)

I was out shopping the other day and was surprised to see the school supply section bustling with students and parents gathering supplies for the start of school. It seems like summer started yesterday, but ready or not, here comes a new school year! As children get ready by packing fresh supplies in brand new […]

Asthma Sufferers Could Find Relief in Obama’s Energy Plan

August 27th, 2015 (No Comments)

President Barack Obama announced a plan earlier this month to reduce power plant emissions, a move that could improve air quality and greatly benefit asthma sufferers. The energy plan requires a reduction of power plant emissions in the U.S. by 32% by 2030. Obama said that these changes would help reduce 90,000 asthma attacks in […]

Asthma Management: There’s an App for That!

August 20th, 2015 (No Comments)

I’m convinced there’s a smartphone app for just about anything you could imagine. One unusual but clever app is called “Fake me out of here.” If you’re stuck in an awkward situation, simply shake your phone and it will ring so you can pretend you just got an important phone call that requires your immediate […]

Most Americans in Favor of Raising the Minimum Age for Tobacco Purchases

August 13th, 2015 (No Comments)

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed more restrictions on where smokers can have a cigarette. That’s good news for asthma sufferers that are more likely to experience an increase in asthma symptoms and even an asthma attack when exposed to cigarette smoke. Asthma attack symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, pain or tightness in […]

Chronic Inflammation Increases Diabetes Risk

August 6th, 2015 (No Comments)

When we get hurt or have an infection, the body’s natural response is to trigger inflammation. Short-term inflammation helps the body heal as white blood cells fight off bacteria and viruses. Normal inflammation manifests as pain, swelling, redness, and a sensation of heat. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, can occur in conjunction with some […]

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