Latest by James Thompson, M.D.

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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.

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Asthma: Best Combination for Achieving Control

Are you one of the 25 million people in the U.S. who has asthma? Have you had bothersome asthma symptoms (cough, wheezing, shortness of breath or chest tightness) three or more days, or more than two times in the last week? Have you used your relieve...

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A Guide to Flu and Pneumonia Vaccines

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changed their recommendations on how often and when to vaccinate for pneumonia and the flu, as well as which vaccines to give.

Person scratching their arm and neck.

Treating Allergy-Related Eczema

Allergic eczema can emerge even before a child reaches school age. Here’s how it develops and how to treat it.

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Winterizing Your Asthma Plan

Just as the weather changes with the turning of seasons, so should your asthma management plan.