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  • 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.
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  • 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
  • Close up of hand texting on smartphone Texting to Stop TB
    March 23, 2016  |  Eyal Oren, PhD
    A Lung Association-funded project is examining new ways to increase the likelihood that individuals will complete their treatment for latent TB through a series of text message reminders and motivators. The thought is that by tailoring a text reminder system for patients who self-administer medications to regularly take their medications, we may be able to improve adherence to latent TB treatment and provide evidence for adopting or expanding reminder and adherence systems.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science, Research,
  • How's the Air in There?
    March 22, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Most of us spend more time indoors than outdoors. That means you breathe a whole lot more indoor air. So, how is the air in there? Whether you're at home, school or work, what's filling up your lungs can affect your health in a big way!
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
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