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Even Once-a-Week Pot Smokers Have More Cough, Phlegm

Posted 2 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – Smoking marijuana once a week can cause coughing, wheezing and phlegm, all signs of chronic bronchitis, a new evidence review reports. Pot smoking doubles a person's risk of developing a regular hacking cough. It also triples the risk of coughing up phlegm and suffering from wheezy constricted breathing, researchers found. "We know that smoke from tobacco and other ...

Health Tip: Breathe Easier in a Volcano Zone

Posted 8 Jun 2018 by

-- Major volcanic eruptions like the one going on in Hawaii are rare, but they can lead to serious health concerns. Volcanos produce gases mixed with water and tiny particles that form a type of pollution called vog. It can irritate the eyes and trigger heart attacks and respiratory problems such as asthma and wheezing. Active volcanos also spew ash, which can lead to symptoms such as coughing, ...

Coal Miners Face Growing Wave of Black Lung Disease

Posted 25 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 – The deadliest form of black lung disease is on the rise among American coal miners, a new study finds. Increases in cases of progressive massive fibrosis (PMF) are occurring despite measures to control coal dust that were put into place decades ago. The finding stems from an analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data on former coal miners who applied for benefits from the ...

Health Concerns Rise Along With Hawaii Eruptions

Posted 22 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – There's more trouble in paradise: The eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano may lead to respiratory and other health problems for residents of the Big Island, an expert warns. Besides facing the possibility of more devastating lava flows, Hawaiians must contend with high levels of toxic volcanic ash and smog, said an atmospheric scientist at the University at Albany in New ...

When Is a Sick Fellow Air Passenger a Health Risk to You?

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – If you worry about catching a nasty infection when you fly, a new study suggests your risk boils down to exactly how close you are to that sick passenger. A row in front, a row in back, a couple of seats to the side, and your chances of getting sick jump, researchers report. "Passengers should not, however, worry about getting sick from somebody coughing five rows ...

Why the Flu Makes You Feel So Miserable

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – If you're unlucky enough to come down with the flu, you can blame your own body for your fever, cough, muscle aches and head-to-toe distress, experts say. Most of influenza's misery is caused by the human body itself, or more precisely the immune system's response to the virus. "Many of the things that feel bad are the body's attempts to get rid of the pathogen that's ...

How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery

Posted 16 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 – You've caught the flu, but you have to go to work and you can't desert your family. What do you do? Believe it or not, one expert says there are ways to stem the spread of sickness – even if you can't avoid being around other people. It sounds like a tall order during this brutal flu season, with 48 U.S. states reporting widespread infection and no signs that things are ...

Health Tip: Quiet Your Cough

Posted 6 Feb 2018 by

-- A persistent cough may transmit an illness and keep you up at night, but there are things you can do to help tame your discomfort, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. A cough may be triggered by conditions including asthma, allergy, the common cold, a lung infection and sinusitis with postnasal drip. The agency suggests how to ease your hacking: If you have a dry, tickling cough, use ...

Health Tip: Traveling During Flu Season

Posted 29 Jan 2018 by

--If you plan to travel during flu season, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Get the flu vaccine. It's still not too late. Don't travel if you feel sick. Avoid close contact with sick people. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If they are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and ...

How to Fight the Flu This Season

Posted 19 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 – The flu is causing widespread misery across the United States this winter, but the American Lung Association says there are things you can do to avoid being felled by the virus. In what is being described as the worst flu season in years, 49 states are now experiencing widespread activity. So far, only Hawaii and Washington, D.C., have been spared rapidly rising rates of ...

Flu May Be Spread By Just Breathing

Posted 19 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 – In the midst of an especially tough flu season, here's more bad news: Researchers say it may be possible to spread the virus simply by breathing. Until now, it was thought that people picked up a flu virus when they touched contaminated surfaces or inhaled droplets in the air ejected by an infected person's coughs or sneezes. But the new study finds coughs and sneezes may ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Prescription Opioid Cough and Cold Medicines: Drug Safety Communication - FDA Requires Labeling Changes

Posted 14 Jan 2018 by

ISSUE: FDA is requiring safety labeling changes for prescription cough and cold medicines containing codeine or hydrocodone to limit the use of these products to adults 18 years and older because the risks of these medicines outweigh their benefits in children younger than 18. FDA is also requiring the addition of safety information about the risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose, death, ...

Is It a Cold or Flu? Here's How to Tell

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – With a severe flu season now widespread across 46 states, do symptoms you or a loved one have point to the dreaded illness? Amid the sniffles, coughing and fever, "it's sometimes difficult to determine whether you have the common cold or the flu," said Dr. Boris Khodorkovsky. He's associate chair of emergency medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City. ...

FDA Bans Use of Opioid-Containing Cough Meds by Kids

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – Trying to put a dent in the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday slapped strict new restrictions on the use of opioid-containing cold and cough products by kids. These prescription medicines involve any that include codeine or oxycodone, the FDA said. "After safety labeling changes are made, these products will no longer be ...

Protecting Your Health From Wildfire Smoke

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 – Fire and smoke from the wildfires raging in Southern California aren't just destroying homes and lives, they're a serious health risk, as well. The smoke can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and can cause coughing, wheezing or breathing problems, according to the American Thoracic Society. The smoke can be especially dangerous to those with lung diseases such as ...

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