Asthma Awareness: Your ‘Asthma Action Plan’
    Asthma Awareness: Your ‘Asthma Action Plan’

    Today is my final guest blog in this series on asthma. I am deeply grateful to DrGreene.com for inviting me and to all the readers for viewing my posts. I hope you have found them helpful. (more&helli…

    Asthma Awareness: A ‘Step Therapy’ Approach to Medications
    Asthma Awareness: A ‘Step Therapy’ Approach to Medications

    Treating asthma is a dynamic process, the goal being controlled asthma, which interferes with your life to the smallest extent possible. In the quest to control asthma, medications are also important.…

    Asthma Awareness: The Patient-Doctor Relationship
    Asthma Awareness: The Patient-Doctor Relationship

    Thinking back to childhood, I still have great affection for my physician, Dr. Judge. Visits to him never seemed rushed. He always carefully listened to my mother (and me), performed an unhurried phys…

    Asthma Awareness: The Nature of Asthma and Avoiding Triggers
    Asthma Awareness: The Nature of Asthma and Avoiding Triggers

    Historically, asthma has been looked upon as a disease of weakness. Sadly, this misunderstanding persists today among some people. This belief is a myth. Asthma is a chronic illness of the lungs. (mor…

    Asthma Awareness: Taking Control of a Chronic Condition
    Asthma Awareness: Taking Control of a Chronic Condition

    Come with me on a journey into the life of a young child with asthma: Feel what they feel when their asthma strikes. It is nighttime and you are comfortably sleeping. Suddenly you begin to cough, and …

    Breathing for Two
    Breathing for Two

    Dr. Greene's take on breathing for two... What happens when women with asthma get pregnant? Does their asthma get better or worse? Should they use more asthma medicines when pregnant? Or less? How doe…

    Beyond Medicine For Asthma
    Beyond Medicine For Asthma

    Changes in the home environment can be as powerful as medications in treating asthma, according to an exciting study in the September 9, 2004 New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers in the Inner-…

    Carrots, Oranges, Garlic, Oats, Walnuts and Asthma
    Carrots, Oranges, Garlic, Oats, Walnuts and Asthma

    Although childhood asthma has been increasing in recent years, children with higher blood levels of important antioxidant nutrients are less likely to develop asthma, according to a large study in the…

    Asthma, Steroids, Growth, and Height
    Asthma, Steroids, Growth, and Height

    If children take standard amounts of inhaled steroids to prevent asthma flare-ups, do they end up shorter than their peers? We know that conventional doses of inhaled steroids can slow the rate of gro…

    Asthma, Behavior, and Clueless Parents
    Asthma, Behavior, and Clueless Parents

    If your child has asthma, or might have asthma, you may want to learn all you can about it rather than relying on the bits and pieces you learn at office visits or in the ER. Besides giving your child…

    Asthma and SARS
    Asthma and SARS

    There has never been a better time to be sure your asthma is under control. With a proper treatment plan, most asthma symptoms can be prevented or minimized. Uncontrolled, the linings of the airways i…

    Wheezing
    Wheezing: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction: Our airways are designed to be responsive to harmful substances in the air. If we walk through clouds of smoke, our airways will shrink, protecting our delicate lung tissues from the nox…

    cough
    Cough: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to cough: Your home calms at night, the children are tucked into bed ? but then loud coughing replaces the silence. It's impressive that a body so small can cough so loud. What is it? Cou…

    Asthma Star Power!
    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 hav…

    Asthma and Reflux
    Asthma and Reflux

    If your child has asthma, you should consider whether your child might also have reflux. More evidence of the relationship between gastroesophageal reflux and asthma was published in the April 2002 is…

    “Novocaine” for Asthma?
    “Novocaine” for Asthma?

    Several years ago, a man's severe wheezing stopped within 20 minutes of starting epidural anesthesia. The wheezing remained absent during the 155 minutes that the lidocaine dripped in, and came back w…

    Butterbur - An Effective Natural Remedy for Allergies? Is It Safe? Or Does It Cause Liver Cancer? What You Need to Know
    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…

    Children with Asthma Miss Out
    Children with Asthma Miss Out

    We know what to do, but we are not doing it!Asthmais a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. Inflammation can cause ongoing damage. Albuterol helps children breath better for the moment, but do…

    Asthma and Calcium
    Asthma and Calcium: What You Need To Know

    Dr. Greene's take on asthma and calcium: Inhaled steroids may be important for treating asthma, but they may also decrease bone mass in the children who use them, especially those who take more than 4…

    Do Inhaled Steroids for Asthma Harm More Than They Help?
    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…