Study Finds Surprising Link Between Asthma and Kidney Stones in Children

Kidney stones are four times more likely to occur in children with asthma than in children who don’t have asthma, say a new study by Cleveland Clinic researchers.

The study, published online last month in the medical journal PLOS ONE, also found that asthma is four times more likely to occur in children with …

Think an Occasional Cigarette is OK? Your Health is Still in Danger

If you’re one of those people who smoke just a few cigarettes a week — say, on the weekends when you’re out with friends — a new study shows that you’re not escaping the health risks of tobacco.

The study, by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), shows that people who consistently smoked an average …

Is Minimally Invasive Surgery for Lung Cancer Best for You?

If you have early-stage lung cancer, you may want to talk to your doctor about minimally invasive thoracic surgery. If this option is right for you, it typically means less pain and a quicker recovery than with a standard operation.

Thoracic surgeon Daniel Raymond, MD, says he’s able to use minimally invasive techniques …

What Are the Chances a Lung Nodule or Spot Is Cancer?

If you’re worried because tests show that you have a lung nodule, keep in mind that the vast majority of pulmonary nodules are not cancerous. In fact, only three or four in 100 of these small growths are cancerous.

However, it is important to follow up on it, because lung cancer remains the leading cause …

Asthma: Women 40 to 60, Young Boys at Greatest Risk

Wheezing. Chest tightness. Difficulty breathing. Inhalers and oral steroids can quiet these asthma symptoms. But a bad asthma attack will land you in the emergency room or hospital.

Severe asthma is most likely to send two groups of patients to the hospital, a Cleveland Clinic study finds: women aged 40 to 60 and boys aged …

Why America’s Not Breathing Easy (Infographic)

When it comes to keeping our lungs healthy, America has a knowledge gap. That’s what a nationwide survey by Cleveland Clinic and Parade magazine reveals. We know lung cancer is deadly but don’t know the best way to spot it early. We don’t realize that asthma is life-threatening, too, or which allergy most often triggers …

Kids Can Drown Even After Leaving the Pool — Avoid ‘Dry Drowning’

For parents enjoying time at the pool with their kids, it’s a frightening prospect — the possibility that a child can drown after getting out of the water.

Two phenomena can cause atypical drowning — dry drowning and secondary drowning. Both can occur after a child has struggled in the water and is rescued, and …

Why There’s New Hope for Cystic Fibrosis

When cystic fibrosis (CF) was first described in 1939, patients lived only days or months. Today, CF patients live well into adulthood with a better quality of life. And the outlook is getting better as treatments advance.

Here’s a look at two ways current treatments are bringing new hope for kids and adults with CF.…

Home DIY Project? 6 Tips to Avoid Dangerous Fumes, Substances

Did you know that do-it-yourself home improvement projects are sometimes hazardous to your health? (We’re not talking about falling off a ladder.)

These projects are a source of pride and enjoyment for many homeowners. But it’s a good idea to assess and address the risks before you begin. Otherwise, you may expose yourself and your …

Should You Breathe Through Your Mouth or Your Nose?

Q: Should you breathe through your mouth or your nose?

A: We are designed to breathe through our noses from birth — it’s the way humans have evolved. Unless you have an obstruction (like a deviated septum or chronic rhinitis), both your nasal passageways will warm, humidify, filter and direct airflow down into your …