John Bottrell, Health Professional

John Bottrell is a registered Respiratory Therapist. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Chronic Cough: Causes and Treatment

Credit: Thinkstock A giveaway sign of COPD is the development of a chronic (it’s always there) cough. So what makes a cough chronic, and what can be done about it? First, what is a cough? It’s a natural, primitive reflex. When foreign irritants and m...
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Learning the Impact of Asthma on Women

Credit: Thinkstock Evidence shows asthma treats women worse than men, and researchers believe this may be due to hormones responsible for the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause. This has lead them to identify a new subtype of asthma called pre...
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Fetal Origins Hypothesis: Mother's Environment May Cause COPD

Researchers are working overtime to learn what causes COPD. The Fetal Origins Hypothesis suggests it all begins in the uterus as the fetus adjusts to its environment. Such adjustments may predispose the fetus to chronic diseases like asthma and COPD ...
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