Hay fever

(With thanks Health Navigator) Hay fever Also known as allergic rhinitis Hay fever is the inflammation of the lining of the nose and eyes due to allergy. Many people experience it as seasonal allergy to grass pollens. Key points Hay fever causes blocked, runny and itchy nose, sneezing and itchy watery eyes. Avoiding the allergen, if […]

COPD – What is COPD?

(With thanks to NZ Asthma+Respiratory Foundation) What is COPD? COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (sometimes called CORD for chronic obstructive respiratory disease) and is an umbrella term for the diseases emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma. COPD affects hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders, yet most have never even heard of it. Illustration courtesy of healthflexhhs.com […]

Asthma Medications

Content – Asthma – Asthma Medications  Aug 2020 (With thanks to NZ Asthma+Respiratory Foundation) Medication, generally asthma inhalers, play a very important role in the day-to-day management of asthma. It is important that you understand how your medicines or asthma inhalers work, and then take them as prescribed. Make sure that you are well-organised when […]

Asthma – Is your Asthma Under Control?

(With thanks to NZ Asthma+Respiratory Foundation) Asthma affects people in different ways – some people suffer from asthma symptoms constantly, some only get symptoms every few weeks, while others have their asthma so well controlled that they hardly experience symptoms at all. If you have symptoms of asthma more than three times a week, your asthma is not well controlled. Most […]


 (With thanks to my late  colleague and good friend Mike Cushman from Pharmaceutical Compounding New Zealand) Progesterone “for gestation” – is the hormone of pregnancy. Produced in the ovaries, progesterone prepares the uterus lining to enhance implantation of the fertilized ovum. If implantation does not occur then progesterone thickens the vaginal mucus, assists the fallopian […]

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