By Adem Lewis / in , , , /


DEFINITELY A LOT OF RAIN. IN THE ATMOSPHERE. Calvin: AN ESTIMATED 25 MILLION AMERICANS STRUGGLE WITH ASTHMA, A CHRONIC DISEASE INVOLVING THE AIR INTERSTATE LUNGS. IN TODAY’S HEALTH CAST LOCAL10’S MEDICAL SPECIALIST KRISTI KRUEGER LOOKS AT A NEW TREATMENT OPTION THAT CAN PROVIDE RELIEF FOR THE MOST SEVERE CASES. Kristi: TOW IF TREATMENT IS CALLED BRONC I DON’T THERMO PLASTY AND IT CAN REDUCE THE NUMBER OF SEVERE ASTHMA ATTACKS YOU HAVE REDUKES THE NEED FOR MEDICATION THAT OF AWFUL SIDE EFFECTS. THE TREATMENT INVOLVES USING A HEATED PROB TO REACH A CERTAIN AREA IN THE LUNGS. BROCKIAL THERMO PASSTY ISY DONE IN THREE TREATMENTS SPACED ABOUT THREE WEEKS APART. I HAVE HAD PATIENTS WHO HAVE BEEN ON ORAL STEROIDS OR PREDNISONE AND THIS IS A LAST-DITCH MEDICINE THAT WE USE IN SEVERE ASTHMA, AND I’VE HAD SEVERAL PATIENTS THAT HAVE HAD THIS PROCEDURE WHO HAVE MANAGED TO WEAN OFF THOSE MEDICATIONS. IT REALLY IS DRAMATIC. I USED TO PRODUCE AB AWFUL LOT OF MUCUS, AND THE MUCUS WOULD FLOOD THE LUNGS, AND AT TIMES YOU JUST CAN’T BREATHE. YOU CAN’T BEND OVER TO GET SOMETHING. AND NOW YOU CAN DO ALL OF THAT. Kristi: ALSO A DISTURBING STUDY ON WOMEN AND ALCOHOL. A STUDY BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH FINDS THAT WHILE MEN TEND TO DRINK MORE THAN WOMEN DO, THAT GAP IS CLOSING QUICKLY. ALTHOUGH THE REASONS FOR THE TREND ARE KIND OF UNCLEAR, WOMEN ARE AT A GREATER RISK THAN MEN FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED HEALTH PROBLEMS, THINGS LIKE HEART DISEASE AND LIVER INFLAMMATION. SO THIS LATEST STUDY COMES ON THE HEELS OF ANOTHER REPORT ALSO BY THE CDC WHICH FOUND THAT 10% OF AMERICAN WOMEN DRINK ALCOHOL WHILE THEY’RE PREGNANT. AND THAT IS ANOTHER VERY FRIGHTENING TREND.


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