Vaping is Smoking, Too

March 9th, 2017 (No Comments)

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

February 16th, 2017 (No Comments)

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

February 2nd, 2017 (No Comments)

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 26th, 2017 (1 Comment)

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

January 12th, 2017 (No Comments)

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

December 8th, 2016 (No Comments)

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!

October 27th, 2016 (No Comments)

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?

October 20th, 2016 (No Comments)

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

August 25th, 2016 (No Comments)

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 […]

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 […]

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