Posts Tagged ‘asthma’

Parents’ perceptions can affect children’s health

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H

Can your own perceptions of your child’s health affect it?

Dr. Tracy Lieu, author of a study in the October 8, 2008, Pediatrics, thinks so.  She surveyed parents of 700 asthmatic children and found parents’ low expectations led to more poorly controlled asthma.

In a Science Daily interview, Dr. Lieu said: (more…)

Asthma inhaler change: Switch to albuterol HFA increases price; government mandates the cause

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Unless you have asthma, you probably don’t know the cost of inhalers doubled starting the first of the year. This wasn’t due to market factors or greedy pharmaceuticals, nor did it improve quality of or access to health care.  It was due to a government regulation, just like the regulations on the mortgage, auto and airline industries that have contributed to their bankruptcy.


Doctors should encourage breastfeeding. Best for mother, baby. All groups agree.

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Want to give your baby the best?  Feed him/her only mother’s milk for the first 12 months.  An added incentive is it helps the mother’s health, also.  I thought everybody knew breastfeeding was the ideal until a woman asked me if the new report from the Annals of Internal Medicine , which reiterates this, was accurate.  October’s Annals updates previous recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that health-care providers should do all they can to actively support breast feeding.

Why do they feel the need to call for more support?


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