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NBA Hall of Famer Launches Diabetes Dream Team

February 19th, 2015 (No Comments)

March Madness will be heating up soon, sparking an annual heated rivalry among fans and players alike. One former basketball player has created his own “team” in the hopes of unifying a diverse group with a common goal. NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins launched a Diabetes Dream Team in 2014, and the Team’s goal […]

How to Treat Asthma When Your Pet is a Pest

February 12th, 2015 (1 Comment)

Many pet owners view their furry or feathered friend as a part of the family. But what happens when you’re allergic to that furry family member? If you’re allergic to your pet but can’t imagine life without Fido, you can take a few precautions to reduce the impact your pet has on triggering asthma attacks. […]

Treating Asthma for a Happy Heart

February 5th, 2015 (No Comments)

We know that treating asthma will make you breathe easier, but managing your asthma will also make your heart happy. A recent Mayo Clinic study found that asthmatics with active asthma have a 70% higher risk of heart attack than individuals without asthma. Dr. Young Juhn, the lead researcher of the study, stressed the importance […]

North Carolinians Hit Hard by Harsh Flu Season

January 29th, 2015 (No Comments)

The NC Department of Health and Human Services released new figures about the total flu-related deaths in NC – the count has increased to 114, with 15 new deaths during the week of Jan. 11. Adults 65 and older have taken the hardest hit this flu season; doctors recommend everyone get the flu shot, especially […]

The Dilemma of Diabetes for Low-Income Patients

January 22nd, 2015 (No Comments)

Patients with diabetes know that managing their condition is a daily challenge of monitoring and medicating their condition. Some diabetics face an added hurdle because they face daily food insecurity; low-income diabetics wrestle with being able to afford medication and healthy food. A recent study looked at a group of Boston-based Type 2 diabetics of […]

Put Down that Perfume! An Asthmatic Will Thank You

January 15th, 2015 (1 Comment)

Have you ever experienced sensory overload? You may be able to recall a moment when a stranger walked by and your nose scrunched up in response to their overpowering perfume. Or maybe you had to leave a cosmetics store because the scented lotions and perfumes were too strong. For some, a strong scent can be […]

How Asthmatics Can Manage Indoor Air Quality in the Winter

January 8th, 2015 (No Comments)

North Carolina has famously high humidity levels and high humidity can lead to mold, mildew and dust mites in the home. High humidity can also make breathing more difficult for those with allergies. The drier, less humid winter months bring a new set of challenges for managing asthma symptoms affected by indoor air quality. Year […]

Implantable Pump Could Reduce Diabetes Treatments

December 30th, 2014 (No Comments)

Consistently taking medication and monitoring blood-sugar levels can be a big challenge for diabetics. A new implantable pump could make a big difference in the treatment plan for many individuals with diabetes. Intarcia Therapeutics Inc. is a Boston-based startup that has developed a pump, about the size of a matchstick, that can be implanted into […]

What Asthmatics Need to Know About the Flu

December 23rd, 2014 (No Comments)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…until you get the flu. The downside to the Holidays is that it coincides with flu season, and some unlucky individuals will have to skip some of the festivities in order to recuperate. The flu can cause more complications for the very young or old, and for individuals […]

How Asthmatics Can Breathe Easy Over the Holidays

December 18th, 2014 (No Comments)

Both the changing seasons and Holiday traditions can pose challenges for asthmatics, but there are a few small adjustments you can make to breathe easy during the Holidays. Mold is an asthma trigger to watch out for in the winter. Wet leaves and fireplace logs are two common offenders for generating mold. To reduce your […]

The Surprising Health Benefits of Hook Worms

December 11th, 2014 (No Comments)

Remember that scene from “Indiana Jones: The Temple of Doom” when Willie Scott has to wade through creepy crawly bugs to save Indiana? Most of us can empathize with Willie’s feelings of disgust, but you may be surprised to learn about a worm that could improve your health. Sounds as far-fetched as an Indiana Jones […]

Holiday Meal Planning for Diabetics

December 4th, 2014 (No Comments)

I bet you have a favorite Holiday dish, maybe something that you look forward to all year. Friends and family bring their A-game when baking and cooking for the Holidays, but it can be challenging for diabetics to enjoy the festive food while staying on track with managing their diabetes. A little planning will help […]

How to Manage Your Asthma in the Winter

November 27th, 2014 (No Comments)

Old Man Winter’s arrival means you’re out of the woods for allergy season…only to be greeted by another slew of potential asthma triggers. Winter can also be a tough time for asthmatics because the cold weather forces us indoors where we’re surround by asthma triggers like pets, mold, dust mites and dander. Venturing outdoors can […]

How E-Cigarrettes are Making Your Asthma Worse

November 20th, 2014 (No Comments)

Cigarettes used to be marketed as a trendy and cool, but they’re increasingly being replaced by e-cigarettes. The CDC found that over 263,000 teens who had never smoked a cigarette before tried e-cigarettes in 2013, which is three times the amount of teens trying e-cigarettes in 2011. Since there’s no tar in e-cigarettes, some consumers […]

Healthier Eating Could Reduce Asthma Symptoms

November 13th, 2014 (No Comments)

Eating healthy isn’t just good for your waistline, a new study shows that children with asthma can experience reduced symptoms by avoiding certain fatty foods and incorporating omega-3 fish oils to their diet. Asthma is the top reason children miss school, and obese children don’t respond as well to their asthma medicine. Dr. Jason Lang, […]

New Test Provides Quicker Detection of Enterovirus

November 6th, 2014 (No Comments)

Quite the stir erupted in September with the spread of a respiratory illness most dangerous to asthmatics and children. Doctors initially struggled testing for the disease since the Center for Disease Control didn’t have a recommendation for a test. As of Oct. 14, the CDC issued a press release about a new, quicker lab test. […]

Artificial Sweeteners Could Increase Risk of Diabetes

October 30th, 2014 (No Comments)

For years, diet sodas have been touted as a healthy alternative to regular sodas, but scientists recently found that artificial sweeteners may be a risk factor for diabetes. Scientists studied a control and experimental group–mice drinking plain water, and mice drinking water that contained artificial sweeteners. They found that the mice consuming artificial sweeteners showed […]

Proactive Legislation Improves Air Quality in NC

October 23rd, 2014 (No Comments)

Air quality is easy to take for granted until we experience first-hand the effects of poor air quality. You can probably relate to driving with the windows down to let in the crisp, fall air, but that enjoyment abruptly ends when the exhaust of another vehicle wafts through your car. Fortunately, North Carolina is ahead […]

Getting a Grip on Diabetes and Depression

October 16th, 2014 (1 Comment)

Diabetes and its relationship to depression is a bit of a chicken and egg situation. Doctors and researchers don’t fully understand the relationship between diabetes and depression, but they do have some insight on how diabetes and depression can cause and exacerbate symptoms of each other. Let’s start with diabetes. Managing diabetes can at times […]

Americans with Diabetes on the Rise

October 9th, 2014 (No Comments)

The number of Americans with diabetes and the cost of are on the rise according to the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014, from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. In 2010, 26 million Americans had diabetes—that number rose to 29.1 million in 2014, or 9.3 percent of the U.S. population. Of […]

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