Managing Diabetes in the Heat

information from the CDC How to keep your cool during the hottest time of year. Did you know that people who have diabetes—both type 1 and type 2—feel the heat more than people who don’t have diabetes? Some reasons why: Certain diabetes complications, such as damage to blood vessels and nerves, can affect your sweat…

Caution: Cold aggravates breathing problems

During extreme cold weather, one often sees cautionary columns in the newspaper and on television, but rarely do those stories mention a particular health problem that makes keeping safe and warm during cold weather even more important. If you suffer from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), you may already have a hard time breathing some…

Tips for Dealing with Extreme Heat

Extreme heat can be very dangerous, leading to heat stroke and death. Heat stroke occurs when your temperature rises quickly and your body cannot cool down. This condition is life-threatening, but it is preventable. Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness Stay in air-conditioned space if possible. If your home is not air-conditioned, go to a public library,…

COPD and the Seasons

Factors associated with weather and temperature can trigger or worsen chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The imminent approach of summer will bring seasonal changes that can affect people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but the truth is that there is no good season for COPD patients. Factors associated with both warm and cold weather can exacerbate…

Hurricane Sandy’s Health Woes Continue

The prolonged recovery from Hurricane Sandy is continuing to take a mental and physical toll on residents of the East Coast who are still cleaning up flood, fire, and wind damage. In the hard-hit coastal communities of Queens, N.Y., residents have dubbed their deep hacking “Rockaway cough” or “Sandy cough.” Continue reading this report from…

How to help after the superstorm

Though no longer a hurricane, Sandy still brings the threat of flooding, snow and massive power outages to millions. The deadly storm wreaked havoc as it made landfall Monday night, and many evacuees remain in temporary shelters. Even residents riding out the storm at home face significant damage and a tough cleanup in the days…

Sleep apnea gets worse in the winter: study

Respiration problems in sleep apnea – which causes people to momentarily stop breathing multiple times throughout the night, for seconds to minutes at a time – appear to worsen during the colder months of the year, according to a study from Brazil. Changes in weight and seasonal allergies can affect sleep apnea, and researchers writing…

Hurricane Isaac can Damage your Health

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) news release Drastic climate changes spur allergy and asthma symptoms As Hurricane Isaac heads toward Louisiana a lot can be at stake, including your health. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), the drastic climate changes brought on by the storm can cause…

Study: Why Hot, Humid Air Triggers Symptoms in Patients with Mild Asthma

Nationwide Children’s Hospital news release Temperature increase may activate sensory nerves that induce coughing and airway constriction May is asthma awareness month, and with summer right around the corner, a study shows that doctors may be closer to understanding why patients with mild asthma have such difficulty breathing during hot, humid weather. The study, appearing…