From a cookie controversy to faux-emergencies, The Doctors discuss the latest health stories making headlines.
Kristin Chenoweth’s Health Secret
It’s a disease that affects nearly 25 million Americans. Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth opens up to The Doctors about her battle with adult onset asthma. Learn the signs and symptoms, and Kristin’s tips for keeping it under control.
“I think we all know, if we listen to our bodies, they’ll tell us something’s wrong,” Kristin says.
Asthma is a chronic disease that narrows the airways, causing inflammation, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Severe asthma attacks can cause respiratory arrest and death. Triggers include allergens from dust, animal fur or mold, irritants such as cigarette smoke or air pollution, and viral upper respiratory infections such as colds. While there is no known cure for asthma, common treatments include avoiding triggers and taking medications such as inhaled corticosteroids, which provide long-term relief from irritation and swelling. Although children may experience intermittent asthma symptoms in response to allergy triggers, adults with newly diagnosed asthma generally have persistent symptoms and may require daily medication to keep symptoms at bay.
• Learn how Kristin is raising awareness about adult onset asthma.
Doctor on Demand
Allergies wearing you down? Learn how the groundbreaking Doctor on Demand app can help you get the prescriptions you need, without the hassle of a doctor's office visit!
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Energy Drink Dangers
Jake, 22, used to start his day as many of us do: with a nice, hot cup of coffee. That is, until recently, when he consumed a cup of coffee and an energy drink within 30 minutes of each other, triggering a dangerous and potentially deadly response from his body. Jake says that he began to feel palpitations in his heart, shortness of breath and light-headedness. When the palpitations and irregular beating didn’t stop, Jake and his mother, Laura, rushed to the emergency room, where an EKG showed that Jake was suffering from atrial fibrillation.
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains that energy drinks have become increasingly popular with children and teens, leading to an increase in caffeine overdoses. Dr. Travis emphasizes the importance of limiting your caffeine intake and knowing your baseline pulse, so you can more easily spot dangerous changes to your respiratory function.
• Should energy drink sales to minors be banned? Share your thoughts!
Eat Yourself Healthy
Let food be thy medicine! Best-selling author David Zinczenko shares how you can fight high cholesterol and diabetes … with food! Plus, learn three surprising reasons you might be constipated.