Breast Feeding and Asthma
    August 5, 2002
    Breast Feeding and Asthma

    We’ve known for awhile that when mothers have asthma (or related conditions such as eczema and hay fever) breast feeding for at least 4 to 6 months will lower the risk of her child developing asthma…

    Asthma Star Power!
    May 29, 2002
    Asthma Star Power!

    What do Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Funkmaster Flex, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Kelsey Grammer, Shaquille O’Neal, Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Sawyer, and General Schwarzkopf all h…

    Butterbur - An Effective Natural Remedy for Allergies? Is It Safe? Or Does It Cause Liver Cancer? What You Need to Know
    February 18, 2002
    Butterbur – An Effective Natural Remedy for Allergies? Is It Safe? Or Does It Cause Liver Cancer? What You Need to Know

    Petasites is a shrub with incredibly huge leaves, up to 3 feet in diameter, usually found in low-lying wet areas and marshes. The plant is sometimes called butterbur, perhaps because the large, soft l…

    Allergy Testing
    February 4, 2002
    Allergy Testing

    Most people think of specific allergies as black and white -- something you either have or you don’t. A study published in the January 2002 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical …

    When Babies and Toddlers Wheeze
    January 31, 2002
    When Babies and Toddlers Wheeze

    Wheezing in children before their second birthdays does not appear to make them any more likely than others to have asthma as adults - even among children who are at high risk for asthma and allergies…

    Air Pollution, Asthma, and Lung Damage
    December 5, 2001
    Air Pollution, Asthma, and Lung Damage

    We know that children who live in areas with excess air pollution have higher rates of asthma and other lung diseases. A study presented at the November 2001 annual meeting of the Radiological Society…

    Farm Life and Immunity
    October 10, 2001
    Farm Life and Immunity

    Children who are raised on a farm have a significantly reduced risk of asthma, eczema, and hayfever, according to a study in the October 6, 2001 issue of The Lancet. Non-farm children who were exposed…

    Cat Allergies
    November 16, 2000
    Cat Allergies

    At the year 2000 annual meeting of the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology in Seattle an interesting cat-hair study was presented. People with dark-colored cats were 2 to 4 times more …

    Do Inhaled Steroids for Asthma Harm More Than They Help?
    October 13, 2000
    Do Inhaled Steroids for Asthma Harm More Than They Help?

    While inhaled steroids can reduce inflammation, improve airway function, decrease the amount of asthma medication required, and prevent asthma flare-ups, we've known for some time that these strong me…

    Diet Influences Asthma Risk
    September 8, 2000
    Diet Influences Asthma Risk

    Kids’ changing diets may be, in part, responsible for the worldwide increase in asthma. A study published in the September 2000 issue of Thorax looked at the demographics and skin test results of ch…

    Colds, Allergies and Sinus Infections
    April 6, 1998
    Colds, Allergies and Sinus Infections

    Parents often ask me whether their children's constantly runny noses are the result of allergies, sinus infections, or of one cold after another. (more…)…