Category: Lung Diseases & Smoking

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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Dealing with Seasonal Allergies

Dealing with Seasonal Allergies

As someone once said, it’s the sneezin’ season. Guest post from our Mark Levine, MD:
‘Tis the season … to be miserable with allergy symptoms. If you aren’t affected, you are lucky. However, if you are one of the 1 in 5 Americans that get hit every year with runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, post

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Springtime = Allergies

After a long, cold winter a springtime thaw is a welcome change to most people. I would speculate that drug companies that specialize in allergy medications love this season most of all, due to the increase in sales of over-the-counter remedies.
Allergies plague about 45% of the population. The most common culprit? Pollen. It’s an

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A chorus of sneezes – are allergies on the rise?

Yesterday the office was alive with a chorus of sneezes. I added to the cacophony by contributing a few of my own.
Nothing unusual about yesterday which would be cause for such sneezing, but most of the culprits were out and about on Sunday enjoying the warmer weather.
Allergies can crop up (pardon the pun)

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"Smoke and you die" ashtray weighs your days to death

You’ve heard it all before.
Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke. Smoking kills.
Now, you can see it from the very place you flick your ashes, if you like.
This might make a great Valentines Day  gift. An ashtray with a built-in scale weighs the ashes from your cigarette and calculates on an LCD display

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Smoking pot may bring on mental illness sooner

A new study has shown that smoking pot can hasten the onset of mental illness.
Of the subjects of the study who had been pot smokers, the symptoms of mental illness showed up at least 3 years sooner than in subjects who had not smoked marijuana.
Of the 22,000 subjects with psychotic disorders such as

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Siteman site could help you stop smoking as a New Year’s Resolution

When you see the list of topics that people roll out for New Year’s Resolutions, quitting smoking is a popular choice.
If you are interested in quitting, the Siteman Cancer Center’s “Your Disease Risk” site has info.
“Developed over the past ten years by world-renowned experts, the site collects the latest scientific evidence on disease

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The Great American Smokeout – are you ready?

For the last 11 years I’ve volunteered for the American Lung Association when I have the time.  My original reason for volunteering was to help with their asthma initiatives, as I’ve dealt with asthma since I was a child and understand the hardships that go along with that diagnosis.  Once I started volunteering, however, I

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New study links smoking and dementia

It’s been known for years that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke and COPD.  What’s bad for the heart may be bad for the brain.
A new study shows that smoking in midlife significantly increases your chances of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Dr. John Morris of the Washington University Alzheimer’s Disease Research

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Results Announced of Secondhand Smoke Exposure in St. Louis Bars and Restaurants

In a press conference today at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, researchers announced results of a scientific study of secondhand smoke exposure in St. Louis bars and restaurants.
Sarah Moreland-Russell with Washington University’s Center for Tobacco Policy Research said that ventilation systems and “voluntary” smoke-free policies do not

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