I knew it was coming: the change in my Albuterol rescue inhaler. I had gotten a letter from my insurance company stating that my inhaler was going to change in 2008. The American Lung Association states it thusly : "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has told makers of albuterol inhalers that they must stop using the ozone-depleting propellants called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which send albuterol into the lungs. Manufacturers have already begun to make or ramp up production of CFC-free inhalers, also called hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) inhalers, in advance of the December 31, 2008 deadline. This decision resulted from the United States' participation in the Montreal Protocol, a 1987 international treaty to eliminate the production and consumption of ozone-depleting chemicals." So, the medication isn't changing, the delivery system is, and for an excellent reason. This is one small way I can help the environment. So, goodbye CFCs, hello ...
Have you seen the news this week? There's been a lot of coverage in the health news about a new study from the UK that was published in the European Respiratory Journal .
Apparently this study found that drinking apple juice—but not eating apples—can actually help control wheezing in people who have asthma.
The study looked at 2640 primary school children who were ages 5 to 10 years that lived in Greenwich, south London. The researchers found that drinking a glass of apple juice every day lessened both the severity and the frequency of wheezing, which is probably the most common asthma symptom.
Researchers think that it's phytochemicals in apple juice that provides the protection. The specific kind of phytochemical that seems to calm the airway inflammation in asthmatics that can lead to wheezing is called "flavonoids." Flavonoids are found in many different foods.
However, in this study, the positive results were only obtained by drinking apple...
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