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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.

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How to Save Money on Medications

Healthcare expenses in the United States have escalated in recent years. Insurance premiums, copays and deductibles have taken a huge bite out of the pockets of consumers. The cost of medications has proportionately soared despite the economic downtu...

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Milk Allergy May Be Masquerading As Milk Intolerance In Some Adults

Peanut allergy commands the most attention in children with severe food allergy because it is very common and can be life threatening. But milk allergy is more common in infants and toddlers because early on, cow’s milk is their main source of nutrit...

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Common Cold Symptoms Got You Down? Got Water?

It’s hard to get through a winter without being struck by the common cold bug. When it hits you it seems to command all your attention and sometimes make a spectacle of you: -You get that nasal voice. -You’re clearing your throat all the time. -You m...

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Seasonal Influenza or Stomach Flu?

Many areas of the U.S. are reporting a decrease in the number of severe flu syndromes over the past week but another threat appears to be sticking around.

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Nasal Steroids Instead of Antibiotics for Treatment of Acute Rhinosinusitis?

Months ago some qualified researchers (physician specialists in this case) published an article in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology which reported superior outcomes of intranasal steroid (INS) compared to antibiotic or placebo (a substance co...

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Tips for Fighting Seasonal Allergies

Allergy season is coming and you shouldn’t let yourself or anyone else in your family become victims. Here are seven ways you can help reduce the misery.