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Frederic Little, M.D.

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Frederic Little is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Boston University. He attends on the Allergy Consultation Service as well as the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Pulmonary Consultation Service at Boston Medical Center. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Asthma and Allergy.

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Inhaler Devices for Asthma: Part 2

Read Part I of this series here Inhaler devices for asthma treatment In this second entry of this two part-series, I would like to review devices that help optimize delivery of inhaled medications to the lungs from metered dose inhalers (MDIs), inclu...

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Should People With Asthma Get the Pneumonia Vaccine?

In this entry, I would like to review the impact that severe infections from a common pneumonia bacterium can have on asthmatics and discuss some recent research on how this has changed immunization schedules for asthmatics. This new research has cha...

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Asthma Triggers During the Fall and Winter

In this entry, I would like to discuss how individuals with asthma are affected in the cold months of the year. While most of this applies to those who live in temperate climates with cold winters, the indoor triggers that can lead to more asthma sym...

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Bronchial Thermoplasty: Surgery To Keep Your Airways Open

A new “anatomic” treatment for severe asthma In this entry, I would like to provide a little background on a new treatment for severe asthma. Most asthma treatments are directed at avoiding triggers and taking medications that decrease inflammation a...

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Can Asthma Medicines Be Used as "Performance Enchancers?"

Dara Torres has asthma, just like her father, says a story in the New York Times. But for years, she had been training and competing with coughing and difficulty breathing. When she finally started taking asthma medicine, “she realized how much, and ...

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Keeping Your Asthma in The Green and not the Red

Asthma action plans In this entry, I would like to discuss the role of ‘action plans’ in the care of patients with asthma. Since asthma affects so many people, and is cared for by a range of providers, action plans are a way for patients and provider...

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The Difference Between Adult Onset Asthma and Childhood Asthma

Asthma that comes when you’re an adult In response to reader inquiries, I would like to address the somewhat puzzling fact that some individuals develop asthma in adulthood. For many, this seems unusual as we all have acquaintances (family or other) ...

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Asthma and Food Allergies -- What You Should Know

Asthma and food allergy In this entry, I would like to review the increase in food allergies and discuss the connection between asthma and food allergies. Food allergies For those of us 35 years old or older, we seem to be faced with an epidemic of f...

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Theophylline: Revisiting An Old Asthma Treatment

In this entry, I would like to discuss the use of theophylline for asthma both in the past and present. While this medication has fallen out of favor as a first line medication in the treatment of asthma, it should not be overlooked as an option for ...

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Are HFA-propelled quick relief inhalers effective?

In response to reader concerns, I would like to revisit the issue of the efficacy of the new, ‘environmentally friendly’ hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) propelled quick relief inhalers, especially albuterol. In accordance with the Montreal Protocol, all chlo...