Category: Asthma (Page 3)

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 […]

Friday Links – Fall Allergy Cities, Paint, Hotel Rooms

AAFA’s 2010 Fall Allergy Capitals Number one: Dayton, Ohio. Who knew? When I think “high pollen,” my brain doesn’t automatically go to “Ohio,” but then I’ve never lived there. Full list of 100 metro areas at the pdf here. Do Paint Fumes Make Asthma Worse? We’ve known volatile organic compounds in things like synthetic air […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Allergy Testing

From my email: My daughter has had asthma for 3 years and this had been quite an learning experience. I am curious if other families have had their kid allergy tested and if they found that beneficial? The great chase for the trigger!!! – Jen I took my 11 year-old asthma kid in for a […]

Friday Links – Asthma Boxing “Excuse,” Flu Vaccines

Boxer Vitali Klitschko Says Some Controversial Things About Asthma I don’t know anything about boxing except what the Rocky movies taught me, but I’m pretty sure you should file this under “Trash Talk.” (Wildly inaccurate, stereotype-perpetuating trash talk.) The Problems with Privately Funded Research Ever wonder how accurate medical research is, particularly when a pharmaceutical […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Baby and Toddler Suspicions

I write a lot about parents’ instincts and those gut feelings we all have when it comes to just plain old raising children and also the more complicated subtleties of kids’ medical treatment. Now be honest: Did you know or suspect your child had a health problem before the asthma diagnosis? I didn’t. One of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – The Family Get-Together

Today’s question, from my email, is just in time for these pre-holiday months: How do you handle family gatherings (i.e. holidays and birthday parties) when someone in your extended family is sick? My family totally does not understand asthma, or asthmatic triggers. It seems like often during family gatherings, one of my nieces have a […]

How Would You Like an LABA Substitute?

I came across an article on the Denver Post website this morning you should read. In it, you’ll learn about tiotropium, a COPD medication that could serve as an alternative treatment for people who need long-acting beta-agonists like Serevent. LABAs, you’ll recall, work just fine for most asthmatics but now carry a black-box warning because […]