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Can You Develop Asthma Later in Life? Jan 13th, 2021

Many people associate asthma with childhood, and it does affect millions of children in the United States. However, it’s also commonly diagnosed in adults who may confuse symptoms like shortness of breath, chest discomfort, or a persistent cough during exercise with other conditions such as heart disease or the effects...

How Smoking Impacts Your Lungs Dec 15th, 2020

If you’ve never smoked, it’s probably difficult to understand why anyone would continue a habit that poses such a danger to your health. Most ex-smokers admit that quitting is one of the hardest things they’ve ever done. Thankfully, many tools exist to help curb the cravings so you can defeat...

Are You at Risk for Lung Cancer? Nov 10th, 2020

Lung cancer is a serious and sometimes fearsome opponent that medical science continues to battle with new tools that may include immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and other cutting-edge treatments. With these advances, we’re increasing your odds of overcoming the challenges of lung cancer. Early diagnosis, however, is often vital to a...

COVID-19: How We Can Help Oct 14th, 2020

COVID-19 is a serious illness that continues to impact the health and well-being of millions around the world. Fortunately, we have learned much about COVID and the steps we can take to help you avoid the health consequences associated with this global pandemic. Dr. Benjamin Laracuente is a board-certified internist...

Dyspnea: What Is It and How Is It Diagnosed? Sep 21st, 2020

Even mild shortness of breath can create a sense of panic, especially when you don’t know what’s causing it. Board-certified internist and expert pulmonologist, Dr. Benjamin Laracuente, leads a team of dedicated medical professionals at Tristate Pulmonary Medical Practice in Monaca, Pennsylvania.  Our goal at Tristate is to serve the...

What is Immunotherapy and Can It Cure My Allergies? Aug 6th, 2020

Allergen-specific immunotherapy was first introduced over 100 years ago for the treatment of grass pollen allergies (hay fever). These days, individuals with seasonal allergies, indoor allergies, bee sting allergies, allergic rhinitis, and even certain types of asthma find long-lasting relief from their symptoms with immunotherapy. Dr. Benjamin Laracuente is a...

Why Asthma Can Hit Harder When You're an Adult Jul 30th, 2020

May is National Asthma Awareness Month and we’re happy to join with health care providers across the nation in providing information about adult-onset asthma and how it can affect your health. Dr. Benjamin A. Laracuente is a highly respected pulmonologist who leads the team here at Tristate Pulmonary Medical Practice...

How to Manage Your COPD Medications Jun 2nd, 2020

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious medical condition for which there is no cure. However, ongoing advances in medical technology and available medications give physicians more tools than ever to help slow its progression and improve your ability to lead an active, fulfilling life. Dr. Benjamin A. Laracuente...

You Could Have Sleep Apnea and Not Know It Mar 25th, 2020

Many people snore now and then, especially in a deep sleep or if lying on their back. An occasional snore is nothing to be concerned about. Even a regular pattern of snoring isn’t dangerous — unless your sleep partner is ready to take action! But sometimes, regular snoring can be...