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Cystic Fibrosis: Understanding a Genetic Respiratory Disease

Cystic Fibrosis: Understanding a Genetic Respiratory Disease

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic or inherited disease of the mucus and sweat glands. It affects approximately 30,000 Americans, leading to chronic health problems and premature death. Advances in treatment, however, have dramatically improved outcomes in the past 20 years.

In people with cystic fibrosis, or CF, the mucus produced by

Ask the Expert: How to Stop Snoring; Pet Ownership

Q: My husband snores terribly and I am losing sleep! Is there anything that actually works to stop snoring?

A: Snoring is so common that many new homes now include dedicated snore rooms, additional rooms off of the master bedroom that provide a place for a noisy sleeper—or an exhausted spouse—to

Does a Poor Sense of Smell Indicate You’re Headed for AD?

Smell tests have been widely touted as a diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), under the theory that the nose knows more about the earliest signs of AD than any other bodily system. The level of difficulty people encounter in identifying certain scents—such as lilac, leather, lemons, strawberry, smoke, soap,

The Loss of Sense of Smell: Here’s Why It Matters

The Loss of Sense of Smell: Here’s Why It Matters

Don’t sniff a the loss of sense of smell. Besides a connection to dementia, there are health and nutrition factors that make hyposmia (reduction), parosmia (distortion), or anosmia (complete loss) worth investigating.

There are a number of benign—albeit annoying—reasons you don’t smell well, but a connection to dementia may make hyposmia

Sniff Out the Cause of Your Sinusitis

Sniff Out the Cause of Your Sinusitis

It’s cold season, and your nasal passages and sinuses feel like they’ve been clogged with cement. You have the runny nose, congestion, and pain of sinusitis, and it seems like it’s been eons since you could breathe freely. With the help of simple remedies, sinusitis usually relents within a week

Why Do People Snore?

Why Do People Snore?

Snoring is an incredibly common problem—more than half of the respondents in a National Sleep Foundation poll said other people had told them they snore. Among those who snore, 64 percent say their snoring can be as loud as talking, and one in six say they snore so loudly it

Q&A: Soy and Breast Cancer Risk; Losing Sense of Taste; Coffee and Bone Health

Q. I’ve been drinking soy milk daily for years. Since it contains phytoestrogens, I wonder if it puts me at higher risk of developing breast cancer?
A. Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD, an associate professor at Tufts’ Friedman School and a cancer epidemiologist, responds: “Soy foods contain phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogens) called

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