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Mental illness and addiction: often hand in hand

Substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health illness are two different conditions, but you might call them siblings of sort. The link between them is often strong.

Veggie heaven

It’s been a year since the Impossible Burger finally made its debut, after five years of buzz.

Boston public schools: an asthma-friendly school district

School nurses see their fair share of asthma. “In 2015-16, we had 10,724 patients with a documented diagnosis of asthma,” explained Patricia Kenney, nurse liaison for Children with Special Health Care Needs in the Boston Public Schools That amounts to ...

Neonatal abstinence syndrome

When you hear the words “substance use disorder,” (SUD) the image of a male immediately comes to mind for most people. That’s understandable. In this country the SUD rate for males ages 12 and older is 10 percent versus 5.7 ...

Mold: a common asthma trigger

Mold is a trigger for many people with asthma. It is possible to prevent mold or eradicate it if it forms.

Severe persistent asthma

Asthma ranges in severity from periodic to severe persistent. However, even persistent asthma can be controlled with medication and avoidance of triggers.

Exercise: both trigger and treatment for asthma

Swimming is one of the best exercises for those with asthma. The wetness and warmth of the water can reduce the risk of an attack.

Healthy eating: an integral part of asthma treatment

Although there is no particular diet a person with asthma must follow, a healthy eating plan of whole foods and healthy fats are recommended for overall good health.

The key to asthma control

A recent study found that one third of people with asthma did not correctly use their inhalers. Errors in administration of asthma medication is one of the major causes of poor control.

Boston Medical Center's CATALYST program

Young adulthood — what an awkward age! You’re not a kid anymore, but you really haven’t joined the ranks of adulthood just yet. You’re hovering in between.

Put an egg on it

I’m hearing a lot of complaints about brunch lately, and about the people who eat it: They are food-fetishizing hipsters who languish in cafes, lubing their grease with mimosas and lattes.

Triggers: Hiding in plain sight

Triggers are substances that increase the risk of asthma flare-ups. They differ from person to person and in intensity.

Asthma: A closer look

Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways that has increased in incidence over the past decade.

Asthma: A fight for breath

It is estimated that 25 million people in this country have asthma. Although it is a very serious disease, it can often be well-controlled.

Treatment for substance use disorder

The number of estimated deaths in the US in 2016 from drug use has been updated, and the news is not good. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) increased the estimate from 50,000 to more than 64,000 deaths, the ...

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