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.

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...
John Bottrell

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