COPING WITH C.O.P.D.

          Your lungs have 2 main parts: bronchial tubes (also called airways) and alveoli (also called air sacs).  When you breathe, the air moves down your trachea (or wind pipe) through your bronchial tubes and into your alveoli.  From the alveoli, oxygen goes into your blood while carbon dioxide moves out of your blood.  If you have chronic bronchitis, the lining in your bronchial tubes gets Continue reading

CHILDHOOD OBESITY AND ASSOCIATED HEALTH RISKS

          Obesity is the result of caloric imbalance (too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed) and is mediated by genetic, behavioral and environmental factors.  Childhood obesity is a major health problem worldwide and is increasing by the day.  It has more than tripled in the past 30 years.  The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008.  The prevalence of Continue reading

CHRONIC COUGH CONFUSION

            

            In regards to a chronic cough, the main source of confusion is the common assumption among both patients any many health care providers that the cause ‘must come from the lungs.’  This assumption on the part of many physicians often leads to an erroneous diagnosis.  In fact, the most common causes of chronic cough are postnasal drip, asthma and acid reflux from Continue reading