Health & Wellness

  • Outline of lungs over an enlarged image of a popcorn kernel Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes
    July 7, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Over a decade ago major popcorn manufacturers removed diacetyl from their products because of deaths and hundreds of cases of bronchiolitis obliterans, a serious and irreversible lung disease. But some people are still being exposed to diacetyl - not through food flavorings as a worksite hazard, but through e-cigarette vapor.
  • Don't Puff Around Pets
    June 14, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    We know that smoking affects the health of not just the one smoking, but everyone exposed to the secondhand smoke. But have you thought about second-paw smoke? Rover and Mittens are just as susceptible to the health effects of secondhand smoke just like the rest of the family.
  • Promising or Placebo? Halo Salt Therapy: Resurgence of a Salt Cave Spa Treatment
    June 9, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    A spa day. We all need one. It’s meant to relax and revitalize the body and mind, but what about the lungs? A new trend increasingly found at modern spas is halotherapy, or salt therapy—breathable salt particles intended to improve breathing.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Group of women exercising in a gym class Feeling Out of Breath after a Run? It might be EIB.
    May 26, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Exercise is important to maintaining a strong, healthy body—even for people with asthma. Some people experience asthma symptoms that are triggered during exercise, which can make the path toward health a little harder. This is called “exercise-induced bronchoconstriction” or EIB—also known as exercise-induced asthma.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • For Kids with Asthma, Rising Temperatures Require Extra Caution
    May 25, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    For children with asthma, the warm summer months are anything but carefree. Pennsylvania resident Claudia Ramos constantly worries about her 12-year-old son Jesse's health when temperatures rise toward the end of the school year and throughout the summer months.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Close up of Mishka the otter Mishka, the Little Sea Otter with an Inhaler
    May 20, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    You might assume that asthma is a human condition, but animals can have asthma, too. In fact, it's fairly common in cats and horses. Marine animals with asthma, on the other hand, are a lot less common. Mishka is the first known sea otter to be diagnosed with asthma.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Kids Missing School Because of Asthma?
    May 17, 2016  |  Barbara M. Kaplan, MPH, CHES
    Children with asthma should be encouraged by caregivers to be active, participate in school and other activities, and should not let asthma be a crutch. A team approach can help to ensure that they will be safe and healthy when they are outside a parent or guardian's reach.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Illustration of woman sneezing and speedometer. How Fast Is a Sneeze Versus a Cough? Cover Your Mouth Either Way!
    May 12, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Coughing and sneezing are just some of the more interesting and complicated ways the body works to protect your lungs from contamination, and these methods are performed with a surprising speed and efficiency. But how fast does a sneeze or cough travel, and which is faster?
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science,
  • Woman looking suspiciously at a supplement bottle label Nutritional Supplements for Asthma? Not So Fast.
    May 11, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Who can blame asthma sufferers for looking for different ways to alleviate their asthma symptoms? Many are desperate for a treatment for the wheezing, coughing and sometimes even the drowning-on-land feeling associated with asthma. One purported remedy is the nutritional supplement soy isoflavone.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • Older man blowing his nose on a park bench with a field of grass behind him Don't Fear Spring Allergies and Asthma
    April 14, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    It’s finally spring! The days are getting longer, flowers are starting to bloom, the weather is warming up and … oh, unfortunately asthma and allergy triggers are making their seasonal appearance.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
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