We are almost through ragweed season but some of my patients are wondering what made this year's season so bad. Actually, a certain number of allergy sufferers experience a peak in their nasal symptoms every spring and/or fall season which may be worse than previous years. But the most common mid-season question I encounter is: "Why have my medicines stopped working?"
Research on allergy and asthma patients has yielded some interesting information on the use of prescribed allergy medications and "control" of these disorders. [i] A major factor in the successful management of allergic airway problems is "adherence".
Adherence is a term that expresses the degree to which a patient consistently follows an agreed upon treatment plan under the doctor's supervision.
How often do you forget to take your medication?
Have you recently had to miss or reschedule your follow-up allergy appointment?
Recent allergy research questionnaires and surveys highlig...
If you are struggling with consistently working out, I have an idea for you stop working out and start having fun. Stop wondering how many calories you are burning, stop trying to figure out what muscle group you are working. Forget about doing strength training or cardio and simply start having fun with activities that involve moving your body. Getting in shape is not about how miserable you can make yourself because getting healthy and fit should really be fun.
My friend's Sarah and John are great examples. Sarah lost over 40 pounds after her having her baby just by dancing. She ditched working out at the gym and just spent hours on the dance floor. John loves music and listens to his ipod while riding his bike to work. It takes him 45 minutes each way and he loves it. John has come a long way from his overweight couch potato days his lean body is proof that riding his bike regularly is getting him in great shape. Both Sar...
At first, you celebrated when your girlfriend got the amazing Internet job in Seattle; but that was before you got a fellowship to N.Y.U. Now, six months later, the two of you are experts at the ins and outs of cybersex, you've racked up enough frequent-flier miles to circle the globe, and your phone bills are through the roof. Welcome to the long-distance relationship, 21st century style. If this scenario sounds familiar, you're in good company. There are some very high-profile LDRs (long-distance relationships) out there. Just ask Bush's Britain-bound Gavin Rossdale how much he misses his L.A. woman, Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. Or Yalie Claire Danes, who's literally on the other side of the planet from her sweetie, Australian rocker Ben Lee. Even those of us who aren't dating rock stars know that our turbocharged ambitions and fast-paced careers are taking us, and our relationships, across the country and all over the world. Is an LDR For You? The most important fac...
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