Traveling with Allergies – A Handout For Patients

Traveling with Allergies

7 Tips for Managing Seasonal Allergies on Vacation

SUMMER IS HERE, which means that school is over for the year, temperatures are climbing, and you’re clamoring to use up your vacation days somewhere sunny and fun. But before you pack your swimsuit and strap your bike to the car, have you thought about your allergies? The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) estimates that 50 million Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, characterized by the telltale symptoms of sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, a stuffy nose, and nasal congestion. Seasonal allergies can be pesky for some and debilitating for others. It’s important to understand that when you travel, you could be heading to a climate or landscape that presents a whole host of potential new allergens, even if you’ve gotten your home triggers under control. With that in mind, here are some tips that can help you avoid the pitfalls of an allergy attack when you’re on the road this summer….Click to read full article.

COPD & Nutrition

In a clinician’s office it’s not uncommon for patients to ask a doctor about the effects of certain dietary choices on their wellbeing. When it comes to medical concerns such as weight management, heart health, bone strength and the immune system, food and drink choices are often a realistic and tangible place to start if a patient is looking to make a change. However, this same correlation is not always regarded when it comes to respiratory wellness. 

“While a direct connection between food and breathing may not seem obvious, the two are part of the same metabolic process” said Deep Ramachandran, MBBS, MD, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine physician at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Mich. According to Ramachandran there has been a recent surge in interest in this more holistic approach to respiratory heath within the medical community, as people are seeking treatment that is neither medical nor pharmacological. 

“Anything that relieves symptoms of respiratory disease, especially without side effects, make[s] it easier for patients to perform the activities of daily life” said Barbara Schuster, MSEd, RRT, director of the Clinical Education Respiratory Care program at Gwynedd Mercy University in Gwynedd Valley, Pa. 

Those with respiratory illnesses encounter a set of complications in their everyday routines that those who breathe normally do not face. An individual who suffers from COPD can burn up to 10 times as many calories just breathing compared to a normal person.1 This means that the body must draw from extra resources for energy; also, a patient in this position may be underweight and have difficulty maintaining a healthy weight. Ramachandran explained that such an individual may require calorie supplementation or an increased protein intake to gain more muscle.
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CHEST Opens Innovation, Simulation and Training Center

CHEST Opens Innovation, Simulation and Training Center

New facility will revitalize pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine

By Lauren Greaves

The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) recently relocated to its new global headquarters in Glenview, Ill., a 48,500 square foot facility that will house close to 100 professional staff. It will also be the site of an education and training facility that will put CHEST at the forefront of research, education and patient care. The facility is designed for delivering clinical education in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, according to a press release from the college. Continue reading

Stuttering: Tips for Parents

Stuttering, sometimes referred to as stammering, is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions, prolongations, or abnormal stoppages of sounds and syllables. In the United States, over three million people in the general population stutter and 5% of all children stutter for a period of 6 months or more. While the majority of children recover naturally by late childhood, stuttering becomes a long-term problem for approximately one-quarter of that group.

If you are a parent of a child who stutters, you know that everyday conversations and interactions can be challenging, often resulting in frustration for both parent and child. Maybe you don’t know what speech techniques to employ, or you don’t recognize the speaking and listening habits you use regularly that make things more difficult for your child to communicate.

Because of the problems that families face, speech-language pathologists and speech therapists have developed effective tips for parents on how to talk to your child that stutters.  These methods range from listening techniques to positive reinforcement, and they are all designed to help build up your child’s communication skills and to boost his overall confidence.

Information provided by the Stuttering Foundation. Visit

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CVS and Cigarettes

CVS Caremark recently announced that as of Oct. 1 of this year they will no longer be selling cigarettes and tobacco products at any CVS/pharmacy or Minute Clinic locations. This news came as a surprise to both the general public and the healthcare community, and while it seems like a small move in a country where one in every five adults is a cigarette smoker, it’s a big step in the right direction.

“It sends a loud message across the country,” said Michael Baumann, MD, MS, FCCP, President of the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST).  “A pharmacy retailer stopping the sale of tobacco is a great and symbolic approach. CHEST applauds this decision.” Continue reading

Gethrr Pledge


I, ____________________ , pledge to remember that my every word and action, no matter how tiny or solitary, is far bigger than I am, and, therefore, I will strive to make it count. I will see the opportunity to lend a hand, foot, elbow, appendage, etc., and I will do whatever I can to make someone else’s day a little easier and happier. I will try to make random acts of kindness less random. And I will know that this kindness extends to people, animals, and this beautiful blue marble I inhabit.

I pledge to recognize that the world is both big and small – it’s the neighborhood I live in, the local stores I shop at, the county where I reside, and the country I come from. I can affect change on any one of these levels, and I will do so for my family, my friends, complete strangers, and the generations who will inherit the planet I leave behind. I will embrace this community because it will challenge me to find fun and expressive ways to give back, and, just as importantly, it will remind me that I am not alone, because my community is a community of us, of people who are humble, helpful, and grateful.



Fantastic book.  Imaginative.  Lovely and sad.  So many blurred lines between what’s real and what’s magic, what truly makes our hearts ache, and what’s just smoke and mirrors.  Begs the question, how do we find a place for ourselves in a world of misery and woe, that little piece of lively happiness?  Also, is the devil’s work on earth done because we can take care of all that just fine ourselves?