Asthma, emphysema on Oct. 9 edition of On Call

Asthma, emphysema on Oct. 9 edition of On Call
"Approximately 20 million Americans have asthma. This potentially dangerous disease affects not only adults, but a large number of children as well," producer Lindsey Meyers said.

"Caring for a child with asthma can be frightening, because asthma attacks can come on suddenly. That's why we'll be giving tips for parents about what to do if your child has an asthma attack," Meyer said.

"We'll also discuss the pros and cons of different types of inhalers. And we'll talk to a pulmonologist to find out what causes emphysema and what is used to treat this condition."

Meyers and On Call Medical Editor Dr. Rick Holm will discuss the topic with Dr. Peter Reynen with the Milbank Medical Center.

On Call is a weekly program about health on South Dakota Public Broadcasting-Television. The show is broadcast Sundays at 12:30 p.m. The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service produces the program.

On Call is the only medical program endorsed by the South Dakota State Medical Association and the South Dakota Department of Health. It is made possible by major underwriter support from Avera Health. Additional sponsors include The South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care, Dakotacare, Brookings Hospital, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Swiftel Communications and Friends of SDPB.

The topic of the Oct. 16 show is spousal abuse. Viewers can call 1-888-DrOnCall (1-888-376-6225) with questions for the program any time of day. Or submit questions through the On Call Web site,

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