Natural Cigarettes Are Safer, Right?

Cigarettes that are branded as ‘natural’ may mislead smokers to believe that they are safer, when they actually carry many of the same risks as other products.
Eli Hendel, M.D.

'Barrel Chest': An Explainer

The term “barrel chest” has been used frequently in medical literature, typically to describe a finding during a physical examination. It is also a term used in text books and clinical papers describing an attribute that is suggestive of a clinical p...
Eli Hendel, M.D.

GOLD Guidelines to Treat COPD Updated

Credit: Thinkstock In 2001, a consensus of professionals in the treatment of chronic pulmonary disease (COPD) released the first version of the Global Initiative for Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (GOLD), with the purpose of establishing a consistent ...
Eli Hendel, M.D.

Immigration and Tuberculosis: America's New Problem?

Credit: Thinkstock Illegal immigration was a huge focus in the 2016 presidential election and remains a flashpoint topic today. In response to the positions on this issue expressed by President-elect Donald Trump, officials in many cities and communi...
Eli Hendel, M.D.

Understanding COPD and the Microbiome

Credit: Thinkstock What is the human microbiome? The human microbiome is comprised of the vast populations of bacteria that reside along the skin, in the gut and other organs. How many are there? Well, it is estimated that cells comprise about only 2...
Eli Hendel, M.D.

Is the Hookah a Gateway to Cigarettes?

Smoking a hookah (water) pipe has become increasingly popular commercially and socially. But how dangerous is it, and could it be a gateway to smoking cigarettes? It’s been an assumption that because of their lack of portability, the fact that hooka...
Eli Hendel, M.D.