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The Common Cold: "Why is My Child Always Sick"

The Common Cold: "Why is My Child Always Sick"

"Why is my child always sick? He seems to always have a cold." I’m asked this question by a concerned parent several times throughout the course of a year. The common cold accounts for about one billion upper respiratory tract infections a...

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What Causes Chronic Cough?

Determining the cause of your chronic cough is crucial to finding a cure.

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Cold-induced Hives

They say cold weather can bring out the worst in you but none are more aware of this than people who suffer from cold induced hives.

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Inhaled Steroids and Your Voice

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 percent...

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ADHD and Allergy: Is There a Link Between the Two?

A recent study provided evidence for an association between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and allergic diseases. I found the report very interesting because for years parents have asked me if their child’s ADHD is caused by food or ...

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Avoiding the Flu Vaccine?

Health experts are again mounting an aggressive campaign to vaccinate adults and children in preparation for the oncoming flu season. Investigators used last year’s analytical data to formulate the best flu vaccine combination for distribution this y...

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Asthma: Preparing for the "Big Fall"

So far, 2013 has been a difficult year for those who suffer from sneezing and wheezing. The pollen, mold, poor air quality, and up and down weather patterns have stoked the flames of respiratory inflammation for millions of adults and children across ...

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Mold: There's No Escaping It

During the tree, grass and ragweed seasons you can take refuge inside your home to minimize exposure to pollen. Perhaps by leaving for work or school you can, for a while, avoid dust mite or dog and cat dander. But it’s much more difficult to get awa...

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Can Asthma Attacks Be Predicted?

How often do you need to refill your reliever inhaler (ProAir, Ventolin, Proventil, Xopenex or Maxair)? Have you already required 2 or more refills since January? If so, you have an increased risk for an asthma attack. Clinical research has shown tha...

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Summer Colds: Worse Than Winter Colds?

Finally summer, warmer weather and longer days are here. It’s nice to have cough, cold and flu seasons (winter and early spring) behind us.