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One of the frequent questions I've seen here and on other asthma websites is whether asthma can be safely treated with (cheaper) over the counter medicines. So, I thought I'd use this post to explore the answers to that question.
Before I get started, though, let's refresh your memory about a couple of asthma facts:
Asthma is very treatable. While asthma is a chronic, long-term illness that often can't be avoided in the first place, the good news is that it is fairly easily treatable in most cases. With the right treatment, people who have asthma should be able to live full, active lives without many -- or any -- limits.
The best treatment for the majority of people with asthma is a daily or twice daily inhaled steroid. Of course, no one medicine works best for everyone, but research has shown that inhaled steroids are generally the most effective asthma medicine. If they are used correctly, as prescribed, they should control your symptoms most of the time.
Saccharin, aspartame, sucralose. Which sugar substitute is best?
It used to be that we didn't have much choice. When we went to the supermarket, we could find various formulations of saccharin, and then aspartame and more recently, sucralose.
Stevia, which comes from a South American plant, has been used as a sweetener for years in other countries, including Japan, but couldn't be used in the United States except as a "supplement," sold along with vitamins instead of in the sugar aisle at the grocery store.
I've described all these sugars in more detail in my book The First Year Type 2 Diabetes, and I won't repeat that information. Instead I'll describe a few of the newer sweeteners.
Recently, there seems to be a flood of new products on the sugar shelves. This is partly because the FDA has finally approved some stevia products for use as sweeteners, and some of the "big boys" in the food manufacturing world have jumped on the stevia bandwagon.
Two big boys on the sugar shelf are prod...
Bone graft material is used whenever there's a need for extra bone to support a fracture site or defect in the bone. It's easily available (taken from the patient's pelvic bone) and inexpensive. And it is bone inductive (fosters bone growth) to provide structural support to the damaged area. The downside is that the graft site can be painful for a very long time. In some cases, infection can delay recovery. Patients often report difficulty walking due to the pain. And the combination of pain and impaired walking result in loss of function. To help patients avoid the major and minor complications of bone graft, scientists are exploring the use of bone substitutes. One of those bone substitutes ( alpha-BSM ) is the subject of this study. Patients with an acute fracture of the tibial plateau were the subject of this multicenter study. Twelve study sites from around the North American continent were involved. The tibial plateau is the flat top of the upper portion of the tibia (lower leg bone...
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