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Avoid Common COPD Triggers

Living with COPD means living mindfully. Categorized by a group of progressive lung diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) makes it hard for sufferers to breathe. Symptoms can also include coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. Certain triggers lead to flare-ups for those with COPD, which basically causes symptoms to worsen. Knowing what your triggers are …

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Asthma: The Seasons of Suffering

What triggers your asthma? Many people will say, “It’s the weather!”. As spring approaches and pollen is at an all-time high, allergies often account for a good majority of asthma flare-ups. You may notice that your allergy symptoms are more apparent in the morning hours during the spring season. This is because pollen levels are …

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Clinical Trials: What They Are and How They Work

Clinical trials are research studies that use volunteers to test how well a new medical approach works. They are designed to find more efficient ways to prevent, treat, and diagnose medical conditions and diseases. Researchers follow strict guidelines when performing clinical trials which are set to protect participants as well as to provide accurate and …

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How to Achieve Cleaner Lungs for a Healthier You

Everyone by now understands that smoking is bad for your health, right? However, knowledge isn’t always power, because tobacco use continues to kill over 480,000 people a year in the United States. “What happens to my lungs when I smoke?” When you inhale smoke, deep inside the lungs, the cigarette smoke damages the floating scavenger …

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Lifestyle Tips to Reduce Symptoms Associated With Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is no joke. It’s hard not to laugh when envisioning a narcoleptic cartoon character such as Homer Simpson nodding off at inopportune times. But when narcolepsy affects real people, it is often inconvenient, disruptive, and even dangerous. For those that suffer from narcolepsy, there are many risks associated with the condition. Becoming excessively sleepy …

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Are Clinical Trial Participants Really Human Guinea Pigs?

Where did the term “guinea pig” come from? Dating back to the late 1800s, a German doctor by the name of Robert Koch began using these loveable creatures while conducting tests to prove which agents were responsible for bacterial diseases such as anthrax. Guinea pigs proved to be most effective for testing because of their …

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Asthma’s Impact on Activity Level

I had heard of asthma, but until my 9-year-old son, Brody, was diagnosed with it, I never thought twice about the condition. During our initial visit, my son’s pediatrician mentioned that nearly 10% of the children in the United States were asthmatic. With childhood obesity rates rising, I had to ask myself, was it possible …

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