Asthma patients hope the medication they're using is the best treatement for them. A new device approved by the FDA can help show whether that treatment is the best option. It's called Niox, and it tests the air you exhale to find airway inflammation. The patient simply breathes into the Niox mouthpiece, blowing an animated balloon across the computer monitor. The machine measures the level of Nitric Oxide in the exhaled air. If those levels are higher than 20 parts per billion, that's a sign of airway inflammation and that the current treatment may need to be re-evaluated.
A national telephone helpline for Multiple Sclerosis patients and their families is extending its hours. The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America operates a toll-free helpline offering information related to M.S. They're open for calls from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays. The number is 1-800-532-7667. You can also get the number and additional information from the group's website by (clicking here).
A new clue to whether a mother-to-be is carrying a boy or a girl. It's how much she eats, not how much weight she gains, but how many calories she takes in every day. Harvard researchers tracked the diets of 244 expectant moms and found those carrying boys ate an average of 200 more calories a day than those who were carrying girls. The researchers aren't sure how to explain the difference, but it was consistent. The pregnant women carrying boys ate 10% more than those carrying girls. They suspect the mom's extra appetite may be sparked by testosterone secreted from the baby boy.