John Bottrell

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

Latest by John Bottrell

7 Tricks for Better Breathing

Modern medicine works great for people with lung diseases like COPD, but it’s not the only path to better breathing. Here are seven proven tricks to better breathing discovered by researchers, scientists, inventors, and people just like you.

24 Things That May Cause Asthma

Asthma is a disease that’s been described in writings that go all the way back to 5,000 B.C. Despite it’s long history, asthma experts still struggle to understand why 10 percent of people develop this disease. Around 400 B.C. the Hippocratic writers ...

Chronic Cough: Causes and Treatment

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 mucus enter the back ...

8 Reasons Childhood Asthma Seems To Go Away

Why is it that as children age, their asthma symptoms get better?

11 Potential Causes of COPD

Infections, gender, and other factors can boost chances of the disease.

Wood Smoke Linked to Asthma and COPD

Fireplaces are a beloved part of any home, but new research shows some hidden risks.

10 Links Between Poverty and COPD

Research published in January, 2014, suggests an inverse relationship with Gross National Income (GNI) and the incidence of COPD.

Learning the Impact of Asthma on Women

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 premenstrual or premen...

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 ...

What's New In Asthma Research

You’ll be impressesd to learn what researchers are discovering.