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Pulmonary Medicine Expert Discusses Asthma and the Flu

Posted on: January 17, 2014

Take Steps to Avoid the Flu, Especially if You Have Asthma

By Harlan Weinberg, MD Medical Director, Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital

Patients who have a diagnosis of asthma, as well as other clinical conditions, such as COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes Mellitus, and Cancer, are all at increased risk of developing flu-related complications.

Asthma is a disorder of the lungs characterized by chronic inflammation of the airways. Acute influenza may lead to worsening of asthma/asthmatic exacerbation, pneumonia and ultimately, respiratory failure, for both children and adults.

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Take the COPD Quiz

Posted on: November 12, 2013

 

1. True or False: It’s easy for patients to recognize the symptoms of COPD.

2. True or False: More than 12 million American adults have COPD.

3. True or False: Genetics are the top reason people develop COPD.

4. True or False: COPD is common in younger people.

5. True or False: People with COPD should get flu and pneumococcal vaccines.

For answers…

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Westchester Pulmonologist Gives COPD Caregivers Support

Posted on: November 12, 2013

What Caregivers Need to Know About COPD

By Dr. Harlan Weinberg, Medical Director of Pulmonary Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital
Weinberg, (Harlan Weinberg, MD)Living with someone who has COPD can be very challenging. Not only are there challenges in helping the patient with treatment and preventing exacerbations of COPD, but the condition can really limit the caregiver’s lifestyle as well. Good communication between the caregiver, the patient and the doctor is extremely important. You have to keep an open three-way channel. This will help you figure out when you can manage a situation at home or when you might need to make a trip to the emergency room. Continue reading

New York Doctor Tips for Searching for Medical Info Online

Posted on: September 16, 2013

by Dr. Harlan Weinberg, Medical Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at NWH

Weinberg, (Harlan Weinberg, MD)Medical knowledge and information management is crucial to the delivery of health care.

“But nothing has changed clinical practice more fundamentally than one recent innovation: the Internet…Falsehoods are easily and rapidly propagated on the Internet: once you land on a site that asserts a false rumor as truth, hyperlinks direct you to further sites that reinforce the falsehood…1

As physicians, we are struggling to figure out how best to use this technology in the interests of our patients and ourselves. Although the Internet is reshaping the content of the conversation between doctor and patient, we believe the core relationship should not change…Physicians are in the best position to weigh information and advise patients, drawing on their understanding of available evidence as well as their training and experience.” (NEJM 2010; 362:1063-66; Untangling the Web — Patients, Doctors and the Internet; P. Hartzband, MD et al).

So, let’s look at some helpful suggestions that will unburden our medical internet searches: Continue reading

New York Pulmonary Specialist Discusses Asthma

Posted on: June 20, 2013

Are Asthma Attacks Rising With the Temperature This Summer?

By Dr. Harlan Weinberg, Medical Director of Pulmonary Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital

Asthma If it seems like asthma is on the rise, it is. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that doctors diagnosed 4.3 million more Americans with the condition over the last ten years. Unfortunately, no one really knows why asthma is increasing. In spring and summer, the increase in temperature, pollen, and humidity can make asthma attacks more likely. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself or loved ones.

Asthma is characterized by inflammation in the airways. This inflammation can lead to shortness of breath, a tight feeling in the chest, and wheezing. The condition can limit your ability to exercise or partake in activities of daily living. The inflammation can be caused by a number of triggers, such as allergies, dust mites, pollen, infections, certain foods, and environmental factors like pollution or mold. The full list is substantial, which means it may take a while to find a patient’s trigger. Blood tests for allergies can help narrow down the candidates. Patients may also want to keep a journal to jot down the places and times when breathing gets worse. Continue reading