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The Cough That Never Goes Away

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Coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath – just another day in the life of someone living with chronic bronchitis. Bronchitis is technically an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which bring air to your lungs. When airways are inflamed, it is more difficult to breathe. The inflammation also triggers excess mucus production in the airways. You’ve probably heard the term […]

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Narcolepsy in a Nutshell

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For many people, the term “narcolepsy” brings visions of individuals falling asleep mid-sentence. While not impossible, that isn’t exactly an accurate picture of the disease. So, what is narcolepsy? In a nutshell, narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder where the brain can’t properly regulate sleep and wake cycles. I’m tired all the time. Do I have narcolepsy? People with narcolepsy […]

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The Power of the Placebo

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When I was younger, and my parents would have to go out of town for business trips. They would leave us with a babysitter with “magic pills” that would keep us from being scared and missing them. We later found out the “magic pills” were actually candy and certainly not magic. Regardless, the “pills” made us feel safe and secure […]

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COPD – Truly a Smoking Gun

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Tobacco companies spend over $9 billion a year advertising their products to the masses. There is no doubt that not only does smoking lead to disease and disability, but it also takes years off of your life. Did you know smokers are three times more likely to die prematurely than non-smokers? Even if you happen to be one of the […]

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Managing Symptoms Associated with Narcolepsy

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When many of us think of narcolepsy, an image of the narcoleptic weiner dog or Homer Simpson nodding off at inopportune times might come to mind. But for those with the condition, narcolepsy is inconvenient, disruptive and dangerous. For those that suffer from narcolepsy, there are many risks associated with the condition. Becoming excessively sleepy at any time without warning […]

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How to Care for Someone with Emphysema

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Do you know someone that struggles with the symptoms of Emphysema? When they’re constantly coughing, wheezing, and experiencing shortness of breath, do you ever wish you could do something to help them out?  The symptoms of emphysema are slowly progressive and if not treated correctly could lead to further complications like loss of appetite, dramatic weight loss, poor sleep quality, […]

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Tips to Manage Chronic Bronchitis

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It can be difficult to determine whether you’re dealing with just a simple cough from a routine respiratory virus or if that cough is an early indication of a much bigger medical issue. Bronchitis occurs when there is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry oxygen to the lungs.  Over 10 million Americans are diagnosed with chronic […]