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How parents can help kids avoid asthma attacks and control symptoms

Asthma is the most common chronic illness in U.S. children. Tanya Martinez-Fernandez, M.D., discusses tips for parents to help reduce kids’ asthma attacks.

COVID

My brother delayed his COVID-19 vaccine. His health, family, and business paid the price.

Unvaccinated people are more likely to get COVID-19 and be hospitalized for it. Anthony Darrell didn’t think it could happen to him – even though his sister, Sonja Bartolome, M.D., urged him to get the shot.

COVID

How to talk to COVID-19 vaccine holdouts: Calm fears, correct myths

Is there anything you can say to a reluctant friend or family member to persuade them COVID-19 vaccination is the right choice for them? The short answer is: 'yes,' says UT Southwestern's Sonja Bartolome. M.D.

Lungs; Your Pregnancy Matters

Landmark cystic fibrosis clinical trial gives patients hope for healthy pregnancies

TRIKAFTA may give patients with cystic fibrosis hope for healthy pregnancies. Learn about the landmark clinical trial to analyze its safety from pregnancy through two years after delivery.

Cancer; Lungs

Lung cancer in young nonsmokers is on the rise: Uncovering the cause

U.S #lungcancer rates have declined for decades, except in one group: Young adults who never smoked. Jonathan Dowell, M.D., discusses what we know about the risks, as well as ongoing research to reveal more answers.

COVID; Prevention

COVID-19 vaccines: Separating myths from reality

COVID-19 vaccines represent our best chance of ending the pandemic, but a strong current of resistance and disinformation is sabotaging the effort to protect people from the virus. UT Southwestern's Sonja Bartolome, M.D., separates the vaccine myths from the realities.

COVID

Which COVID test is best? Pros and cons of coronavirus detection methods

With more people getting tested for COVID-19, which method is the best? And do I really need to get a test? Check out this quick comparison of the three main types of coronavirus detection tests, the methods, the speed of results, and their overall effectiveness.

COVID; Men's Health

More men are dying from COVID-19 – hormones may be partly to blame

More men are dying from COVID-19, and testosterone may be part of the explanation. In this MedBlog, Raksha Jain, M.D., who researches sex hormones and their affect on infection, discusses the underlying causes of men's risk factors.

COVID

COVID-19 and mask confusion: Separating myths from realities

Wearing a mask to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 pandemic should be a no-brainer, but misinformation and mixed signals have created mask confusion. Dr. Sonja Bartolome, a specialist in lung disorders and pulmonary disease, separates the myths from the medical realities.

COVID

Hair dryers, hydroxychloroquine, and summer heat: Separating COVID-19 myths from realities

The global pandemic has created an insatiable appetite for information about COVID-19, but amid the torrent of media coverage the myths begin to rival realities. Dr. Sonja Bartolome addresses some of the questions and false hopes with facts firmly rooted in science.

Discovery; Lungs; Transplant

Cystic fibrosis breakthrough: 3-drug combo pill may benefit 90% of patients

A new 3-drug combo drug for cystic fibrosis has been approved by the FDA. TRIKAFTA offers life-changing treatment potential for approximately 90% of patients with the disease. In this MedBlog, discover who is eligible and how the drug works. Learn more.