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How to reduce asthma attacks?

How to reduce asthma attacks?

1.Avoid exposure to tobacco smoke.

  1. BreoAvoid exposure to chemical and perfume sprays.
  2. Avoid contact with pets you are allergic to.
  3. Do not use humidifiers – as they increase the chance of mold and mite growth.
  4. Install ventilators in the kitchen for exhaust.
  5. Minimize the use of rugs if you are allergic to dust.
  6. Take the influenza vaccine every year as any viral infection leads to increased airway sensitivity.
  7. Decrease exposure to dust mites using pillow and bed-covers that do not permit mites to cross.
  8. Decrease exposure to mites by the periodic washing of toys with hot water.
  9. Decrease humidity in rooms using a dehumidifier.
  10. Wash bed-sheets every week with warm water.
  11. Avoid Venetian blinds in rooms
  12. Reduce the number of cushions in rooms
  13. Avoid lampshades that can collect dust.
  14. Reduce the number of bookshelves.
  15. Avoid stuffed toys.
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Health benefits of Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet: Ten Simple Facts for Better Health
Many diets are complicated and difficult to follow. Mediterranean diet is
easy to follow for improved health.
Here are the top ten facts to know about Mediterranean diet:
1. Mediterranean diet is associated with reduced death.
2. Mediterranean diet reduces heart problems (stroke, heart attack, death from heart disease).
3. Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of cancer (colon, rectal, prostate, breast).
4. Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduction in Parkinson’s disease.
5. Mediterranean diet is associated with a decrease in Alzheimer’s disease.
6. The diet incorporates more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.
7. It includes olive oil.
8. It includes wine.
9. It includes some fish and chicken.
10. It reduces sugar, milk and milk products, and red meat.
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Herpes Zoster (shingles) Prevention



Herpes Zoster (shingles)
Herpes zoster is a common condition which can cause painful rash and can make life miserable.
However, we can prevent this by a vaccine recently recommended recombinant vaccine for adults.
The following is a recent recommendation for adults to prevent shingles:
Anyone over the age of 50 who have not previously received live zoster vaccine and as well as those who have received live virus vaccine.
The vaccine is also recommended for all adults with diabetes, chronic heart, lung, or kidney disease.
Two doses of the recombinant vaccines 2 – 6 months apart is recommended.
Manuel Medical Clinic strongly recommends the new vaccine to prevent herpes zoster.






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Pain Medications for Children

pain medication

Stong pain medication is not necessary for treating children with minor pain conditions, according to recent research. The study found that ibuprofen was as effective as morphine ( a strong pain medication) for treating children after minor orthopedic surgery. This report is reassuring for the treating physicians who worry about the chance of overuse of opioid medications as well as parents.

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Thyroxine and Mortality

High-normal thyroxin levels correlate with earlier mortality, according to a recent report published in the Journal of American Medical Association. People with thyroxine levels in the lower range of normal lived longer than others as reported in this research. This information is relevant for those who take thyroid replacement medications believing that they feel better with the addition
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High-fat versus High-carb Diets

High-fat versus High-Carb DietsHigh fat diet

Traditional guidelines restricting fats, total fat, as well as saturated fats, are falling out of favor according to recently published reports. The study, reported on the website of The Lancet finds that higher consumption of total, saturated, monosaturated, and polyunsaturated fats were associated with lower risk for death from heart-related or due to other causes.
Diets involving higher carbohydrate intake can lead to higher risk for overall mortality.
In short, the message is to restrict carbs and increase fat contents in our diet.
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Breo once a day for asthma


A recent study from the United Kingdom suggests that a once-daily use of Breo (combination of inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting bronchodilator) significantly improved asthma control. The addition of Breo is especially useful for those patients whose symptoms are not controlled by inhaled steroids alone. The study was reported in The Lancet.

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Cedar Allergy

Cedar Allergy

Allergy symptoms due to pollen are not common in winter. However, cedar tree pollinates in Winter. Cedar pollen allergy can induce sneezing, wheezing, and triggering of an asthma attack. Cedar trees grow in abundance in the Southern United States is a predominant source of allergy in December.”The pollen appears copiously from late fall to late winter” inducing misery to patients with sinus allergy and asthma. Other Juniper species include red eastern cedar.
Treatment for allergy to cedar pollen is basically allergy shots; pollen extract immunotherapy produces significant decreases in symptoms during the cedar pollen season.

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Obesity Prevention in Children


Obesity prevention
Obesity prevention

Obesity Prevention in Children
Five Practical Tips to Reduce Obesity in Children:
1. Avoid sugar containing drinks.
2. Reduce screen-time (TV, Games) to less than 2 hours per day.
3. Do not eat or drink while watching television
4. Make vegetable half of the quantity consumed at each meal.
5. Play outside with friends.

Click here for more details on obesity in children.

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Narcotics and chronic pain

Back pain
Back pain

Chronic pain and narcotics have been a topic of serious discussion in recent months. People seek pain medications for many chronic pain conditions such as low back pain and arthritis. Physicians often find it very difficult to convince these patients to stay away from narcotics. There is clear evidence that narcotic pain medications do more harm than good in any chronic pain.

A recent report in Journal of American Medical Association it was reported that there is no significant improvement in pain scores or any substantial improvement in function or disability by use of narcotic pain medication in chronic back pain. On the contrary, the research shows a higher risk of death from unintentional overdose and higher risk for heart disease-related deaths in patients taking narcotic pain medications.