Tag: breathing disorders

Steroids: Wonder Drugs, But Not Without Risks

The first steroid medication, cortisone, earned the reputation of a “wonder drug” more than 60 years ago when it was found to be effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Since then, the number of diseases and disorders treated with steroids has grown exponentially, to include asthma, colitis and other intestinal disorders,

If Your Joints Are Too Painful to Exercise, Give Water Aerobics a Try

Water is a great exercise environment if you’re an older adult. Not only does exercising in water provide you with a cardiovascular workout that burns fat, it also counts as muscle-building resistance exercise, since water is more difficult to move in than air.
“Chest-deep water provides support to almost all of

Ask the experts: Spirometry Test

Q: My doctor says I need to have “spirometry.” Can you tell me what’s involved?

A: Spirometry is a simple, painless pulmonary function test that helps doctors diagnose breathing disorders. You’ll be asked to take a deep breath in, and then exhale hard, for as long as you can, into a hose

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