Overweight or obese people undergoing a lung transplant may have increased risk for complications. Lung donors that smoked can hurt the odds too, but don’t refuse their lungs so quickly.
Mentally Managing a Child's Illness
A child with a chronic illness can present a variety of hardships in a family. However, seeking therapy can reduce the mental health challenges these families face.
Mask Your Kid's Asthma
For people with environmental allergies, the air they breathe can trigger reactions – even during sleep. Hypoallergenic mattress and pillow covers work for some but not all.
Lung Disease Double Whammy
Although chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be avoided in many cases, it remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States. COPD patients with another lung condition may have an even higher death risk.
From Wheeze to Clot
People with asthma know that they need to be on alert for asthma attacks to make sure they get the treatment they need. A recent study showed that they may also need to look out for signs of blood clots.
From Baby Breaths to Childhood Wheeze
Babies with smaller lung capacity could have breathing problems later, especially if they take up smoking as teenagers.
A Breath Of Fresh Air For Cyclists
Cycling seems like a good way to exercise, reduce traffic on roads and save on transportation costs, but riding behind exhaust fumes from vehicles can be more than unpleasant. Cities like Berkeley in California are designing alternative route to allow cyclists to commute without the unwanted extras.
Quick Fix Isn't Best for Asthma
Uncontrolled asthma is a huge problem, despite the availability of effective treatments. Some patients may be using "quick fixes" to treat asthma instead of more long-term solutions.
No Toys in the Mouth!
Phthalates are substances used to make plastic more flexible. They are contained in a number of items from personal care products like shampoo to flooring, electrical cords and toys.
Cockroaches and Air Pollution Shouldn't Mix
Most people try to steer clear of cockroaches. For children, however, avoiding these large, brown creepy crawlers is especially important.