Category: Lung Diseases & Smoking

5 tips to kick smoking

5 tips to kick smoking

There are lots of tips and tricks to help people stop smoking but, as a former smoker and instructor of the smoking cessation classes at the Barnard Health & Cancer Information Center, Kathy Jones, believes these are crucial.
Write down why you want to quit (the benefits of quitting): live longer, feel better, for your

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Ease your allergy symptoms

Ease your allergy symptoms

Chances are you or a family member is suffering from congestion, a runny nose and itchy eyes or swollen eyes—the sure signs that allergy season is here.
So what is this year’s allergy season going to be like? H. James Wedner, MD, chief of allergy and immunology at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, says it’s

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Resolving to kick the habit this year?

Resolving to kick the habit this year?

This is the time of year when many of us resolve to do something to improve our health. For some of us, that means eating better or hitting the gym more often. For others, it means kicking the smoking habit.
If you or someone you know needs some help keeping that resolution, we offer the

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The Great American Smokeout: A great day to kick the habit

The Great American Smokeout: A great day to kick the habit

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. But did you know today is the American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Great American Smokeout? Today’s the day for smokers across the nation to kick a habit that’s responsible for 87 percent of lung cancer deaths.
One valuable resource for smokers who want to quit is the “Freedom from

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Smoking and Obesity Make Half of All Cancers Preventable

According to a new study from our partners at Washington University School of Medicine, more than half of all cancer diagnoses are due to smoking and obesity and are preventable.
The study’s lead author, the Siteman Cancer Center’s Graham Colditz, MD, was cited in a Washington University news release with “data demonstrating that smoking alone is

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New Year Removes Over-The-Counter Asthma Inhalers From Market

It’s been talked about since September when the FDA announced “over-the-counter asthma inhalers containing chloroflouorocarbons (CFCs) will no longer be made or sold after Dec. 31, 2011.” The reasoning is that the CFCs that propel the medicine from the inhaler were dangerous to the ozone.
Still, human nature being human nature, many are now here in

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What is the real risk of secondhand smoke?

What is the real risk of secondhand smoke?

In this week’s “8 Ways to Prevent Cancer” segment on KSDK, Kay Quinn took a viewer’s question about the real risk of secondhand smoke.
Our Ramaswamy Govindan, MD, oncologist at Siteman Cancer Center who specializes in lung cancer, says day in, day out exposure to smoke probably does to some harm.
You can watch the

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Free asthma screening Saturday – report shows asthma on the rise

This will make you catch your breath – a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that asthma is on the rise in the United States, with about one in 12 Americans showing signs of  this chronic disease.
The CDC report says that along with asthma rates going up, costs for treating

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This Week’s "8 Ways to Prevent Cancer" Segment: Smoking and You

Last night, on KSDK’s weekly “8 Ways to Prevent Cancer” segment, Kay Quinn took the question from a viewer: “Can it ever be too late to quit smoking?”
Coming from a family of smokers, I realize it’s hard to quit. For many they say, “I’m trying, Ringo. I’m trying real hard.” But others may feel like

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Springtime brings on allergies – but are natural remedies proven?

Those of us with allergies have gone through not the ringer with trying to find the right medication to stave off the sniffling, sneezing, and headaches that usually accompany allergic reactions to pollen and other seasonal allergens.
But what about the promise of natural remedies like vitamins B12, B6, nettles leaf or turmeric? How do

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