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Preparing for a Bronchoscopy

Preparing for a Bronchoscopy

by Stephanie Meadows
Bronchoscopy is a procedure performed by a pulmonologist (lung specialist) that allows them to view lungs and air passages to investigate and diagnose a lung problem. A pencil-thin, flexible fiber-optic tube (bronchoscope) with a camera and light attached is inserted into the lungs via nose or mouth, and throat. The doctor examines the respiratory system - larynx, trachea, bronchi, and bronchioles.

Diagnosing Sarcoidosis

Diagnosing Sarcoidosis

by Stephanie Meadows
Sarcoidosis is a rare, little-known, inflammatory disease that affects many different areas of the body, particularly the lungs and lymph glands. In the United States, only four out of every 10,000 people are diagnosed with this potentially deadly disease.

Is it Wrong to Wake Someone Up Who is Sleepwalking?

Is it Wrong to Wake Someone Up Who is Sleepwalking?

by Natalie (SU)
You may know someone who walks in their sleep, or have heard stories about it. You may be a sleepwalker yourself, and might not even be aware of the extent of your condition. According to research conducted from a sleep study published in the Neurology Journal, neurology.org states that sleepwalking is a fairly common occurrence for people in the United States, more than the originally hypothesized two percent. Results of the study have shown that about 8.4 million people or 3.6 percent of adults in the United States sleepwalk annually. So, what is it, and what do you do about sleepwalking?

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Your Allergies When You're Young

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Your Allergies When You're Young

by Natalie (SU)
Do you or your children suffer from frequent allergies? The sneezing, stuffy, runny nose, and itchy eyes that are associated with conditions such as allergic rhinitis, can really make you feel miserable. But did you know that controlling your allergies has more importance than just making you feel better? Besides the long term effects of chronic inflammation in your nasal passages, allergies are also often the trigger of asthma. And while allergic rhinitis affects up to 30% of Americans and causes 2 million lost school days and 6 million lost work days annually, asthma is an extremely dangerous illness that when poorly controlled, contributes to the number 3 cause of death in the US – uncontrolled respiratory disease. So, enjoying an improved quality of life, as well as a living a longer life, should be at the top of the your list of reasons to not ignore your allergies while you are young.

What is Sarcoidosis?

What is Sarcoidosis?

by Natalie (SU)
Have you or someone you know been recently diagnosed with sarcoidosis? You may never have heard of this illness before because it affects only about 0.02% of the population. In fact, many people that have sarcoidosis either don’t know they do because they have no symptoms, or it is found in an X-ray that is taken for a completely unrelated matter. The disease itself consists of nodules caused by inflammation in the lungs, as well as other organs in the body. While there are some common symptoms usually involving a person’s lungs, the specific organs affected by the disease will determine which symptoms will appear. To understand how this illness might affect you or a loved one, it helps if you know what sarcoidosis is, what causes it, and what the symptoms and treatments might be.