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Why You Should Limit Alcohol Before Bed for Better Sleep

Tags: alcohol, drinking, insomnia, sleep, sleep disorders, sleep hygeine, sleepwalking

Having a drink or taking a drug before bedtime can lead to sleep disturbances and other medical problems. Find out why and what to do if you need to take a prescription medication that is disturbing your sleep.


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Holiday Scents Can Set Off Your Asthma

Tags: allergies, asthma, asthma attack, flu vaccine, holiday season, holidays, seasonal allergies

Live trees, scented candles and other aromatic holiday decorations can spark severe asthma attacks. Here's how to cut down the risk for a lung-healthy holiday.


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That Cozy Fire Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Tags: asthma, bronchitis, eyes, fireplaces, lung disease, lung disorders

When the weather outside turns frightful, there’s nothing cozier than a warm, crackling blaze in the hearth. But a wood-burning fire in your fireplace can cause health problems.


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Are E-cigarettes Safe for Pregnant Women?

Tags: bad habits, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, nicotine, pregnancy, quit smoking, smoking

Some consider e-cigarettes “safer” for pregnant women, but no medical studies prove they are safe. Experts say it’s best to avoid them and offer tips to help you quit.


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Newly FDA-Approved Drugs Give Hope to People with Pulmonary Fibrosis

Tags: clinical trials, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), lung disorders, pulmonary fibrosis, shortness of breath, treatments

The FDA recently approved two new drugs to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. These drugs have been shown to slow the progression of this previously untreatable disease.


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Trouble Breathing? How Doctors Can Uncover Hidden Disease in Your Lungs

Tags: chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), deep vein thrombosis, DVT, lung disease, lung disorders, lung surgery, pulmonary embolism

People who have a history of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism may be at risk for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Here’s what you need to know.


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7 Tips to Overcome Asthma When You Exercise

Tags: asthma, asthma attack, exercise, exercise-induced asthma, inhaler, tips for winter weather

If you’re an athlete with asthma, you don't have to hold back. With proper medication and conditioning, you can participate fully in sports.


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Could a Blood Test Someday Diagnose Lung Cancer?

Tags: blood test, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), COPD, diabetes, lung cancer, Lung Cancer Awareness month, lungs, smoking

Doctors someday might diagnose lung cancer through a simple blood test – which would enable detection of the disease at an earlier stage and could result in more effective treatment.


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How Much Do You Know About Fall Allergies?

Tags: allergies, fall, seasonal allergies

If fall means sneezing, wheezing and suffering for you, you can start to find relief for allergies by knowing the facts. Test your knowledge in this quiz.


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Want to Quit Smoking? Acupuncture Can Help You With Cravings

Tags: acupuncture, quit smoking, smoking, smoking cessation, stop smoking

For smokers who want to quit, acupuncture can help ease withdrawal symptoms. Acupuncture be used on its own to ease cravings or it can be used as part of a larger effort to support tobacco cessation.