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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 […]

Eat Better, Breathe Better

October 2nd, 2014 (No Comments)

You’ve probably heard it before—fiber-rich foods are an important part of a balanced diet. There’s a reason the saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”—we all want to “stay regular.” Scientists recently discovered another reason to have a fiber-rich diet and surprisingly enough it’s related lung health. Researchers studied mice on three […]

Increased Risk of Asthma Linked to Childhood Obesity

September 25th, 2014 (No Comments)

Doctors have long warned the public that obesity is linked to comorbidities like heart disease, adult onset diabetes and sleep apnea. Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Southern California discovered another obesity-related health problem for children—asthma. The researchers reviewed the health records of 623,358 children and found that overweight and obese children were about 1.5 times more […]

Local Schools Required to Provide Students with EpiPens

September 18th, 2014 (No Comments)

North Carolina students with allergies have reason to feel a bit more secure this fall. Effective Nov. 1, Governor Pat McCrory signed a law requiring K-12 schools to carry epinephrine autoinjectors (EpiPens) for students. Principals are also required to select at least one person at the school to be trained annually on how to identify […]

Respiratory Illness Affects Hundreds Nationally

September 11th, 2014 (No Comments)

Enterovirus D68, a respiratory illness, has recently led to the hospitalization of hundreds of children nationwide. Prior reports included North Carolina in the list of states affected, but the N.C. Health Department and Center for Disease Control stated that there are no confirmed cases of D68 in North Carolina. However, since 12 states are reporting […]

Don’t Sneeze Your Way Through the State Fair

September 4th, 2014 (No Comments)

Every fall there’s a veritable buzz about the North Carolina State Fair. Folks want to know which foods will be fried, which rides are the most exciting, and which local bakers can come up with the best pie. As you dig into a turkey leg and hit the rollercoasters, keep a few of these health […]

The 4-1-1 on Why Mouth Breathing Causes Health Problems

August 28th, 2014 (No Comments)

Breathing through the nose instead of the mouth is key for sleep apnea patients, but it’s also important for everyday health. Our noses are specially designed to filter impurities through nose hairs, and warm and moisten incoming air with the mucous membrane. The mucous membrane also makes mucus, which captures particles and germs. The mouth […]

Unraveling the Link Between Childhood Eczema and Asthma

August 21st, 2014 (No Comments)

If your child had a serious skin rash at an early age, and later developed asthma, they’re not alone. In the U.S., eczema, a condition that causes inflammation and irritation in the skin, affects 10 to 20 percent of children, and 3 percent of adults. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis […]

Sick Building Syndrome: Is Your Office Building Making You Wheeze?

August 14th, 2014 (No Comments)

Sneezing, itchy eyes and nose…these symptoms sound like allergies, but they could be an indicator of sick building syndrome (SBS). If you have a frequent dry cough and often sneeze at work, it might not be a result of your asthma or allergies. Sick building syndrome (SBS) occurs when employees have acute health problems that […]

Sleep Apnea Linked to Risk of Developing Osteoporosis

August 7th, 2014 (No Comments)

Lack of sleep can cause more than dark under eye circles and a surly demeanor. Some more well-known risks from insufficient sleep are increased risk of stroke, obesity and diabetes, anxiety and depression, and heart disease. A new study by Taiwanese researchers showed that another obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) comorbidity is osteoporosis. The Journal of […]

Fact or Fiction? Spring Allergy Myths Debunked

May 22nd, 2014 (No Comments)

No sooner does cold season end that allergy season begins. It’s easy to get cold and allergy symptoms confused, and finding the right tools to treat allergies can be a challenge. Take a look at these answers to allergy myths for tips on how to keep pesky symptoms in check. 1. Allergies and colds have […]

How to manage asthma’s annual nemesis: pollen

May 13th, 2014 (No Comments)

In early spring I don’t even bother washing my car; I’ve given up on the fight with the yellow-green pine pollen. Although few people are allergic to pine pollen, it’s a visible reminder of other invisible pollen that trigger allergic reactions. Thirty-five million Americans suffer through hay fever each year, but it can be an […]

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