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Is the Chlorine in Indoor Swimming Pools Hard on Your Lungs?

Is Chlorine in Indoor Swimming Pools Hard on Your Lungs?

Tags: allergies, asthma, chemicals, cough, pulmonologist, swimming, water, water safety

Chlorine, the most common swimming pool disinfectant, protects you from harmful bacteria. However, indoor swimming pools can pack a punch of strong chemicals that can irritate your lungs. Find out more.


Could Early Exposure to Peanuts Help Avoid Allergy Later

Early Exposure to Peanuts May Avoid Allergy

Tags: allergies, allergy, asthma, eczema, food allergies, peanut butter, study

Results of a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine found that early introduction of peanuts in children at high risk for peanut allergy could decrease their risk of becoming intolerant to the nuts.


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8 Tips to Relieve Your Dry Mouth

Tags: alcohol, bad breath, cancer treatments, chapped lips, chemotherapy, dehydration, dentures, dry mouth, gingivitis, oral health, radiation, yeast infection

A Family Medicine doctor offers advice on relieving dry mouth after cancer treatments.


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How to Help Your Child Manage Food Allergies at School

Tags: allergies, back to school, food allergies, growing pains of parenting, preschool

For someone with a food allergy, something as simple as a peanut can be a terrifying and even a potentially lethal threat. Learn how to keep your child safe from these threats to his or her health.


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Are You Sensitive to Aspirin? Here are Some Reasons Why

Tags: allergies, angioedema, aspirin, Aspirin and heart attack, Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD), asthma, Headaches, urticaria

Aspirin can help in treating many conditions, but some people experience an adverse reactions when they take this wonder drug. Learn how you can take steps to better tolerate aspirin or aspirin-like pain relievers.


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Are You a Super Fan? Avoid Damaging Your Voice

Tags: alcohol, dehydration, hydration, sore throat, voice

One of the most fun aspects of watching a big sporting event like the Super Bowl is cheering on your team. Many of us will go to work or school on Monday with a scratchy throat and raspy voice.


Pneumonia and Heart Disease Risk

Pneumonia May Raise Heart Disease Risk as Much as Smoking

Tags: bacterial infection, cholesterol, diabetes, heart, heart disease, lung disorders, pneumonia, smoking, study, viral infection

Results show hospitalization for pneumonia was associated with increased short- and long-term risk of cardiovascular disease, especially for those age 65 and older. The risk was highest in the first year after hospitalization


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Why Do We Yawn, Hiccup and Get Goosebumps?

Tags: hiccups, sleep

Learn the truth behind why we yawn, hiccup and get goosebumps. It’s probably not what you think.


How Good Bacteria in Your Nose Can Help You Fight Infections

How Good Bacteria in Your Nose Can Help You Fight Infections

Tags: antibiotics, bacterial infection, Headaches, probiotics, sinus, sinusitis, wash hands

Doctors are learning the value of the good bacteria in our noses and nasal passages. It actually helps you fight infections. Find ways you can protect and cultivate them.


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Read This If You Are a Smoker Who Struggles With Chronic Pain

Tags: arthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, joint pain, pain management, quit smoking, smoking, smoking cessation, stop smoking

Do you smoke? Here's another reason to quit. Smokers are nearly three times as likely to get lower back pain. Even though it might seem relaxing in the moment, smoking can actually cause more pain your body over time.