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 ...

Flash in the Pan: Leafy wraps-ody

Food wraps can be found, in one incarnation or another, anywhere in the world that people eat. They include Mexican wraps held together by tortillas of flour and corn, and Asian spring and egg rolls, the contents of which are ...

Don’t fear the zucchini

Behind the usual pleasantries, your neighbors are probing you for weakness, trying to decide who among you or your spouse would be most likely to break, and accept a bag-load. Gangs of farmhands will soon be roaming the streets, leaving ...

Considering weight loss surgery? BMC has you covered.

The Weight Loss Surgery Program at Boston Medical Center offers several procedures for managing weight and weight related health problems.

Garlic makes it good

Garlic season is upon us, which means that last year’s garlic will be on sale alongside the new crop. Don’t be fooled by a sale price; squeeze each head you buy. It should be as hard as a baseball. If ...

Baker’s reform proposals would make big change to MassHealth

Late-in-the-game proposals from Charlie Baker’s administration attempted to rein in state budget costs by reducing MassHealth enrollment eligibility.On Friday July 7, state lawmakers voted against the proposals reducing MassHealth eligibility for many families (as well as a proposal that would ...