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Inhaled steroids (IS) for the treatment of asthma have become a standard in the U.S. and many countries around the world. They are an essential cornerstone in the management of persistent asthma. Adverse effects of IS are minimal, but a small percentage of patients may experience dysphonia (hoarseness, weakness or loss of voice), throat irritation, cough or candida overgrowth (oral thrush).
Many patients who have hoarseness related to IS describe a subtle onset which began months or years after starting the inhaler. There is increased risk of voice change with higher doses or strengths of inhaled steroid. It’s often very frustrating when you have established a good routine of daily inhalations and have reaped the rewards of good asthma control, but later learn the wonder drug is weakening your voice.
Studies have reported between 10-50% of patients on IS experience hoarseness, although package inserts only reflect a range of 1-8%. In my practice it always seems to be a singer,...
If you are reading this article then you are in the midst of advocating for yourself or someone in your life that has osteopenia or osteoporosis; or you're someone who wants to educate themselves before they reach the stage of normal age-related bone loss.
Many of you who come to this site, OsteoporosisConnection.com, either have osteopenia or osteoporosis, or have a friend or family member with this disease, and are desperately looking for answers to questions about diagnosis, treatment, and fracture risk. Some are terrified that this diagnosis will greatly impact their quality of life, and rightfully so, but what can you do about the lack of knowledge, fear and loneliness? Starting a support group with the help of education, may be the avenue you can use to begin your advocacy, to find the answers to these questions that we all have.
Advocacy is a term that we use to describe the active support of an idea or cause.
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Over the years that I've served as CEO
of DBSA, many of you have expressed your frustration and concern with the way
consumers of mental health services are portrayed in the media. Why are we
always the axe murderers and thugs? What about the millions of us who do good things in the world?
Well, the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, has heard those frustrations and developed the Voice Awards . This
program, which began in 2005, provides
a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of a movement to reduce stigma associated
with mental health problems and promote recovery by acknowledging and
celebrating the efforts of entertainment professionals who have helped support
The Voice Awards recognize entertainment writers and producers
who incorporate dignified, respectful and accurate portrayals of individuals
with mental illnesses into film and television productions...
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