Peak Flow Meter – A Thermometer For Asthma

A peak flow meter for a patient with asthma is like a thermometer for a patient with a fever. Peak flow meters help to determine how open your airways are, rather than guessing just how you “feel.” In some cases when you are not feeling well, you may feel “hot” or “feverish” but when you […]

Outpatient Treatment Of Asthma

Characteristics of Asthma Asthma is a lung disease that is characterized by three airway problems: obstruction, inflammation and hyper responsiveness. Asthma requires continuous medical care. According to the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma report released from the National Asthma Education Program, asthma treatment has four components: the use of objective measures of […]

Understanding Asthma

Between 12 and 15 million people, including close to five million children, in the United States have asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease in which airflow in and out of the lungs may be blocked by muscle squeezing, swelling and excess mucus. Patients with asthma may respond to factors in the environment, called triggers, which […]

Don’t Stop Using Sunscreen Advises The Skin Cancer Foundation

Despite new questions about the ability of sunscreens to prevent melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, people should use them on a regular basis, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation. “Sunscreen should continue to be an integral part of a comprehensive program including sun-protective clothing, sunglasses, and avoidance of unnecessary UV exposure,” asserted The […]

The Medical Treatment of Hair Loss

Scientific Stuff: Baldness will develop in susceptible individuals because of the actions of a hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), on the hair follicle, which causes it to become inactive. When a follicle becomes inactive the hair will fall out but the follicle itself never dies, it just lies dormant for an indefinite period of time. In the […]

Standards of Care for People with Diabetes

Developed from information provided by the Diabetes Treatment Centers of America When you have diabetes, it is important that you get good medical care. It’s now crystal clear that high glucose levels play a role in many complications, thus your doctor’s skill is more vital than ever. Good care helps you live a full life […]

Mouse Ergonomics

Whether you spend five minutes or five hours using your mouse or trackball, these suggestions can help you stay comfortable and productive. Recent research suggests that long periods of repetitive tasks or an improperly set-up workspace may lead to physical discomfort or injury to hands, wrists, arms, neck, or back. If you feel pain, numbness, […]

Breastfeeding Recommended as Best

Human breast milk is better than infant formula as a source of nutrition for babies, according to a new policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Writing in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics, the AAP’s Work Group on Breastfeeding now recommends breast milk as the “preferred” source of nutrition for […]

Tips For Child’s First Dental Visit

Dental health experts say a lifetime of strong healthy teeth begins with a child’s first visit to the dentist. And they say it should be scheduled even when children still have their baby teeth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Society of Dentistry for Children recommend a first dental visit between the […]

Rocking Cradles a Suffocation Hazard

Cradles suspended from a motorized mechanism that rocks a baby to sleep may increase the risk of infant suffocation – even if the suspended cradle is not in motion, a new study suggests. Between 1990 and 1992 at least 15 infants stopped breathing while in such cradles, and 10 died in the cribs, according to […]