Latest by James Thompson, M.D.

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The Right Way to Use Your Inhaler

There’s a right way and a wrong way to use an inhaler. A surprising number of people do it the wrong way.

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Reduce Your Exposure to Pollen

Allergic to pollen? Use this expert guide from Dr. James Thompson to find relief.

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Allergy Season: Is Climate Change to Blame?

Scientists believe climate change caused by greenhouse gases are causing more severe allergy seasons. Find out what you can do.

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Is Asthma Another Reason to Breastfeed?

New research suggests that breastfeeding may help reduce a child’s risk of developing asthma.

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Groundbreaking Study Will Change How Doctors Prevent Peanut Allergy

A landmark British study shows early infant exposure to peanuts reduces the chances a child will develop a peanut allergy later on.

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Allergic To Penicillin for Several Years? Perhaps Not

Somewhere between one and 10 percent of people avoid penicillin because of a reaction history. But 80-90 percent of these people may not have a true allergy.

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Cold and Flu: Regular Exercise Could Be Your Ounce of Prevention

Many people who regularly exercise will tell you they feel healthier and more energetic. Most doctors tout that regular exercise is good for your heart, lungs, bones, muscles and overall health. But does regular exercise keep you from getting sick fr...

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Avoid Side Effects of Inhaled Steroids

Ever notice a hoarse voice after using your inhaler, or find your tongue turns yellow or white? This guide may help.

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What to Do If You Get the Flu

The flu syndrome has been reported in all 50 states of the U.S. and continues to rise each week.

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Losing Your Sense of Smell from Allergies

Nasal congestion from allergies is common. But here’s what to do if you also lose your sense of smell.