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Diagnosing Sleep Apnea at Home

Among the benefits of at-home testing for sleep apnea: You can undergo testing in the comfort and privacy of your own bedroom. And, if you live in an area where there are few, if any, sleep labs or where there are waiting lists to have the test performed, home monitoring may decrease the waiting time for diagnosis and the beginning of treatment, if needed. More...

Do You Have a Lung Disorder? Look for These Symptoms

The symptoms of many lung disorders are similar, but the severity and duration of these symptoms can vary considerably from disease to disease. Common symptoms of lung disorders include shortness of breath, coughing, noisy breathing and chest pain. More...

Taking a Closer Look at the Lungs

Bronchoscopy is an examination that allows your physician to view the airways of your lungs and take samples of mucus or tissue from them. Here's what you need to know about this test. More...

Treating Upper Respiratory Infections Properly

More than 70 percent of the 100 million annual healthcare visits for acute bronchitis end with an antibiotic prescription—even though more than nine in 10 cases of bronchitis are caused by a virus that can’t be effectively treated with an antibiotic. More...

Rare Condition Can Trigger Emphysema

'My doctor says my emphysema may be caused by a condition called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. What is it?' Here's what you need to know about this condition. More...

Mild Sleep Apnea: Can Oral Appliance Replace CPAP Machine?

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests oral appliances may be better for some symptoms than others. More...

The Worst Allergy Season -- Again

How, you ask, can each year be worse than the previous? Here’s how. More...

COPD linked to poor balance, higher risk of falling

People with moderate to severe COPD often have a decreased capacity to exercise, less mobility, and muscle weakness—all conditions that affect balance. More...

Aerobic Exercise Improves Asthma Severity

Aerobic exercise can reduce the severity of symptoms in people with moderate to severe asthma, according to a recent small study. What’s more, it appears to improve quality of life as well. More...

Can Echinacea Prevent Colds?

A recent review and analysis of data from 24 randomized-controlled trials studies looked at the effect of 33 different echinacea preparations on preventing and reducing the duration of colds. Here's what researchers found. More...

Don't Fall Prey to Lung Screening Myths

Almost half of the interviewees in one study reported being less motivated to stop smoking because they believed the CT scan produced the same health benefits as quitting. More...

6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of COPD Flares

Recently, clinicians and researchers from the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) and the Canadian Thoracic Society?(CTS) with expertise in COPD were brought together to review the most up-to-date, evidence-based research on promising nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic strategies to prevent COPD flares. Last year, the panel issued new recommendations that provide important guidance. Here’s a look at some of the highlights—with a spotlight on steps you can take to reduce the frequency and severity. More...

Bronchial Thermoplasty for Asthma: What You Need to Know

The first nondrug therapy for adults with severe persistent asthma may offer these patients an important new treatment option, although it’s not a cure, and it’s very expensive. What’s more, some doctors are concerned that the benefits of the procedure may have been overestimated. If you have severe asthma that is not controlled by medication, here’s what you should know about bronchial thermoplasty. More...

A New Warning for Chantix Label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that the stop-smoking drug varenicline (Chantix) may decrease tolerance to alcohol and cause unusual or aggressive behavior or loss of memory. In addition, seizures, although rare, have been reported. More...

Women and Asthma: What You Need to Know

Several factors, some unique to women, appear to contribute to poorer outcomes. More...

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Scientific American White Papers

The Memory White Paper brings you the best and most powerful of the year's memory and mind breakthroughs from leading medical research facilities around the world.

You will discover:

  • An up-to-date listing of medications for treating Alzheimer's.
  • How breathing problems during sleep may be tied to cognitive decline.
  • New findings on how a Mediterranean diet can help stave off memory impairment.
  • Factors that may reduce the impact of genetic risk in Alzheimer's.
  • How behavioral symptoms such as agitation may predict Alzheimer's progression.
  • Simple, low-tech tests for measuring cognitive decline
  • Characteristics that may increase pain in older adults with dementia—and what to do about it.

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