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In May’s Health-e-News, see how our expert human pulmonologist helped treat an orangutan, learn why gummi vitamins might not be the best for your child’s nutrition and find out about our latest asthma research.  

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Orangutan Gets Help from National Jewish Health
orangutan.jpgAn orangutan at the Denver Zoo is breathing easier, thanks in large part to human pulmonologist Jennifer Taylor-Cousar, MD, of National Jewish Health.

Disease Information

Getting a Jump Start on Allergy Season
Allergist Dr. Kirstin Carel says that beginning your allergy medications before you start feeling symptoms can help you avoid the worst of the symptoms.

Healthy Lifestyle

Multivitamins Lacking Some Nutrients
Child SmilingMany parents give their children a multivitamin to ensure they receive necessary amounts of vitamins and minerals. The vitamins may not be enough, however, if a child’s diet is lacking iron or calcium. This can be an issue for picky eater or food-allergic children.

Recent Research

Omalizumab Helps Inner-City Children with Asthma
New research has found a drug that targets the antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE) nearly eliminated seasonal increases in asthma attacks and decreased asthma symptoms among young people living in inner city environments.

Health-e-Feature: Asthma

Peak Flow Meter
Identifying your lung performance patterns gives you important information to prevent asthma episodes and develop your asthma management plan.

Child with AsthmaInhaled medicines, or medicines that you breathe directly into the lungs, are an important part of treatment for chronic lung disease like asthma or COPD. Watch instructional videos on how to properly use these inhaler devices.

Ask an Expert:

Question: What sort of arrangements do I need to make before a flight if I use oxygen?

Answer: Patients using daily supplemental oxygen will definitely need oxygen on a plane and may need to turn it up one to two liters when flying. Some patients not on daily oxygen may also need it during airplane flights. Patients need to check with their doctors about their need for supplemental oxygen during air travel and with their airline to make arrangements.

While most major airlines do allow you to carry oxygen on board, some do not. Make sure the airline you are flying does allow you to carry oxygen on board. Phone the airline or check its website to find out.

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May 2011

'National Jewish Health
Saved My Life'
Marian SofferinMarian Sofferin, 57, has experienced far more than her share of health problems over the years,  but none puzzled her doctors in Seattle as much as Mycobacterium Avium Complex, or MAC. Then, she discovered National Jewish Health. Marian is one of thousands of patients who are referred to National Jewish Health each year because of our expertise and unique approaches to treatment of respiratory, cardiac and immune diseases. Read Marian'’s Story.


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