Author Archives: Dr. Haber

Get off your butt, or Add 10 minutes for health

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the minimal weekly level of leisure time exercise for adults is 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Most studies had examined the benefits of such exercise … Continue reading

Watching Too Much TV Could Kill You

In the Nurses’ Health Study, researchers had found a significantly increased risk (2.3) for pulmonary embolism (PE) for those who sat for >40 hours per week compared to those who spent < 10 hours sitting per week. In a study … Continue reading

Traveling with COPD

For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), traveling can be challenging or problematic. Because of difficulty breathing, many COPDers may curtail traveling altogether, or limit vacations to places close to home. With advance planning and preparation, you can enjoy … Continue reading

Danger of Reliance on Placebo Effect

With asthma patients, giving an inhaled bronchodilator medication, like albuterol, can result in a rapid improvement in airflow that can be objectively measured using spirometry testing. This testing can be repeated over a short period of time, thus making asthma … Continue reading

“Liquid Biopsy” for Lung Cancer

The majority of lung cancers are non-small cell carcinomas and about 1 in 5 of those have actionable EGFR mutations that can be treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), such as erlotinib or gefitinib. Detection of these genetic markers usually … Continue reading