These Web-Based Medical Apps Make House Calls

Posted on 12/20/2013 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyThink you might have bronchitis, a sinus infection,  or other non-life threatening illness and can’t wait for an appointment with your regular doctor?  Not sure if you should go to the ER?  Have travel plans and worried if you should fly?  Then these online medical-care sites and mobile apps might be your answer. The sites help patients and doctors converse through smartphones, tablets and computers.  In fact, the U.S. telehealth patient population is expected to grow six-fold to 1.3 million …

COPD at 50+: Are You at Risk?

Posted on 11/27/2013 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionMy 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 …

Common Antibiotic Doesn’t Help Coughs, Bronchitis

Posted on 12/20/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s the eighth most commonly prescribed drug in the U.S., with 52.3 million prescriptions written for it every year — many in winter for hacking coughs and suspected respiratory infections. But amoxicillin, and its inexpensive generic equivalents, has been so overprescribed for bronchitis, it’s apparently no longer effective, a new study finds. The study, published online this week in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, found amoxicillin (part of the penicillin family) no more helpful than a placebo in treating lower-respiratory-tract-infection symptoms — …