Treatment and Medication Archive

  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Dulera vs. Advair

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Dulera vs. Advair

    Here’s a little something different – one of the search questions that often lead people here: Is Dulera safer than Advair? Dulera, you’ll recall, is a new combination inhaler. As far as I can tell, it represents Merck’s attempt to corner a share of the long-acting beta agonist market rather than a “better” medication choice [...]

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  • Friday Links – Moldy Lungs, Flu, Inhalers and Diabetes

    Friday Links – Moldy Lungs, Flu, Inhalers and Diabetes

    Picking up my girl today! I’ve got no time to chat as a result, so enjoy some lung links sans commentary: You Might Have Mold in Your Lungs Early Flu = Possible Asthma Protection Do Steroid Inhalers Raise the Risk of Diabetes? And one for the Weird Health files: Smart Phone Tests for Sexually Transmitted [...]

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  • Friday Links – Breathing Blog News, Starfish Medicine

    Friday Links – Breathing Blog News, Starfish Medicine

    First off, a little Friday love for some other lung bloggers: Fun With Oximeters If you’re not reading Breathin’ Stephen’s Breathing Basics series, you should be. This post covers oxygen saturation. What is it? What makes it drop? How do doctors measure it? Find out over at Steve’s place. Well, Then Our very own Kerri [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Convincing Adults to Seek Control

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Convincing Adults to Seek Control

    Last week, a reader asked about expectations and possibilities of control for her newly diagnosed, adult-onset asthma. That question prompted this related one in the comments: How do you get your adult-onset (or at least, adult-diagnosed) spouse to achieve and maintain control? He’s so used to being short of breath, coughing, and wheezing that he [...]

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  • Friday Links – Coffee and Breathing, Nose Problems and Severe Asthma

    Friday Links – Coffee and Breathing, Nose Problems and Severe Asthma

    Caffeine to Open Airways Ever seen this movie Trapped with Charlize Theron and Kevin Bacon? The little girl in it has severe asthma, and one scene shows her drinking coffee during a bad attack because she doesn’t have an inhaler or nebulizer with her. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the caffeine-as-bronchodilator-in-a-pinch concept before, [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Control and Adult-Onset Asthma

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Control and Adult-Onset Asthma

    Don’t you just love it when you innovate something that performs its function in exactly the way you intended? It doesn’t always happen. I’ve helped the girls with too many school projects to mention that turned out just a wee bit different from the vision in my head, and as far as anything crafty goes [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Bronchodilators and Coughs

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Bronchodilators and Coughs

    This is a long one from my email, but please take the time to read the whole thing. It raises lots of questions that many other parents of young asthma kids have (I had them.): If my asthmatic child is coughing (she’s too young for a peak flow meter btw) and I am using her [...]

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  • Friday Links – Smoking Protection, Stress, Bacteria Trigger. Plus, the Pumpple.

    Friday Links – Smoking Protection, Stress, Bacteria Trigger. Plus, the Pumpple.

    Boys with Asthma Smoke Less as Teens So! Silver lining. But only a very thin one, since researchers couldn’t find the same link in teen girls. Dammit. Mom’s Stress Worsens Kids’ Flares? I don’t even know what to say here because, hello? The single biggest source of my worry and tension as a mom of [...]

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  • Friday Links – The Ig Nobels and Asthma, First-of-its-Kind Illinois Inhaler Law

    Friday Links – The Ig Nobels and Asthma, First-of-its-Kind Illinois Inhaler Law

    Carrying Inhalers Easier for Illinois Students Now A new Illinois law allows students to carry their own inhalers with only their prescriptions and written parental permission on file rather than also requiring a doctor’s note, as many schools around the country do. Considering the vast number of students with asthma in the U.S. and the [...]

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  • Friday Links – Hands and Pain, Complementary Medicine, Ragweed

    Friday Links – Hands and Pain, Complementary Medicine, Ragweed

    Notice How You Clutch Your Hands Together in Pain? No? You probably do it without realizing, and here’s evidence of a medical reason why. Grabbing your own hand appears to cut the experience of acute pain way down by changing your brain’s body representation. On the Alternative Therapy Question I get asked about complementary medicine [...]

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