COPD at 50+: Are You at Risk?

My mother, now 77, has suffered with asthma since birth. She tells stories about how her working class parents struggled with the idea of moving the entire family from Brooklyn, N.Y. to Arizona, which was a premiere destination in the 1940s for those with asthma, tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, and other lung issues. Hot mustard plaster and frequent trips to the emergency room were all part of my mother’s early life. The fourth of five children my adoring (and adorable) grandparents …

The New Health Care Law: It’s Personal!

The following is a guest post by Charlotte Whittaker, AARP Kentucky volunteer Watch AARP Live September 19th, 10pm ET, 9pm CT For me, the Affordable Care Act could not be more personal.  You see, my grandson Mason suffers from an acute form of asthma.  His medications typically cost $8,000 per month. Without access to quality health care, I’m certain he wouldn’t be with us today. But because of the Affordable Care Act, Mason’s future is more secure. We can rest …

Look at Men’s Health Week This Father’s Day

The following is a guest post by Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Bill Corr Men, don’t wait for a wakeup call when it comes to your health By HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr As a group, we men are not known for doing a very good job of taking care of our own health. National Men’s Health Week, from June 10 through Father’s Day on June 16, is a good time for us to start taking responsibility and doing …

Walgreens Becomes 1st Retail Chain To Diagnose, Treat Chronic Conditions

By Julia Appleby, Kaiser Health News. This story was produced in collaboration with USA Today It’s not just sore throats and flu shots anymore. Walgreens today became the first retail store chain to expand its health care services to include diagnosing and treating patients for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and high cholesterol. The move is the retail industry’s boldest push yet into an area long controlled by physicians, and comes amid continuing concerns about health care costs and …

Runny Nose? It Could Be Your Air Freshener

Those sprays, plug-ins and scented candles we use to make our homes smell good are causing a growing number of breathing problems, say allergy experts. That’s the conclusion of a new study presented last week at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in Boston. “This is a much bigger problem than people realize,” said allergist Stanley Fineman, the group’s president-elect.  “About 20 percent of the population and 34 percent of people with asthma …