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Asthma Rates Similar Among Black Children in Urban, Rural Areas: Study

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 – Asthma rates are essentially identical among black children living in Detroit and rural Georgia, researchers report. The finding challenges the common belief that living in a city boosts the chances of developing the respiratory condition, the study authors said. Instead, poverty may be what increases asthma risk, the study results suggested. "The things these children have in common include high rates of poverty, asthma and being black," corresponding study author Dr. Dennis Ownby, an allergist-immunologist at the Medical College of Georgia, said in a college news release. In the study, the investigators analyzed data from nearly 7,300 students at six public high schools in Detroit and more than 2,500 students at four schools in rural Georgia. More than 90 percent of the children in Detroit and 60 percent of the children in rural Georgia are black, the ... Read more

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Work-Related Asthma Affects Millions of U.S. Adults: CDC

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 – Wheezing and coughing on the job from work-related asthma is more common than you might think, according to a new U.S. health report. Almost 16 percent of American adults with asthma either developed the condition on the job or have asthma symptoms made worse by conditions in their workplace, said Dr. Jacek Mazurek, lead author of a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That adds up to an estimated 1.9 million cases of work-related asthma in the 22 states that were part of the CDC study. "Work-related asthma is associated with increased disability, mortality, and adverse social and economic outcomes," said Mazurek, a lead research epidemiologist with the division of respiratory disease studies at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Many people who have asthma flare-ups at work experience poor quality ... Read more

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Teva Announces FDA Approval of ProAir RespiClick

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 1, 2015-- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., (NYSE:TEVA) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ProAir RespiClick (albuterol sulfate) inhalation powder, a breath-actuated, multi-dose, dry-powder, short-acting beta-agonist (SABA) inhaler for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm in patients 12 years of age and older with reversible obstructive airway disease; and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) in patients 12 years of age and older. It is expected to become commercially available to patients during the second quarter of 2015. “ProAir RespiClick is the first and only breath-actuated, dry-powder rescue inhaler to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of acute asthma symptoms,” said Dr. David I. Bernstein of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Division of Immunology, Al ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare-Ups

Posted 27 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 – In obese people with asthma, weight-loss surgery has been linked to a significant reduction in serious asthma flare-ups, new research suggests. "We found that risk of an emergency department visit or hospitalization for asthma exacerbation decreased by half after bariatric [weight-loss] surgery and remained significantly lower for at least 2 years," the study authors wrote in the report. The study relied on weight-loss surgery as an "instrument of substantial weight loss," according to the study's lead author Dr. Kohei Hasegawa, an attending physician in the emergency department of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. But, the study didn't have any specific information on the patients' weights before and after surgery, according to Hasegawa. So it's not clear how much weight needs to be lost to make a difference in serious asthma symptoms, or if losing ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Over-the-Counter Asthma Products Labeled as Homeopathic: FDA Statement - Consumer Warning About Potential Health Risks

Posted 22 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is warning consumers not to rely on asthma products labeled as homeopathic that are sold over-the-counter (OTC). These products have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness.  Asthma is a serious, chronic lung condition. If asthma is not appropriately treated and managed, patients may have wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing, and could be at risk for life-threatening asthma attacks that may require emergency care or hospitalization. Although there is no cure for asthma, there are many prescription asthma treatments approved by FDA as safe and effective, as well as some products that are marketed OTC in accordance with an FDA monograph. BACKGROUND: OTC asthma products labeled as homeopathic are widely distributed through retail stores and via the internet. Many of these products are promoted as “natural,” “safe and effective,” and include indications t ... Read more

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Depression During Pregnancy Linked to Child's Asthma Risk

Posted 9 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 9, 2015 – A child may face an increased risk of asthma if the child's mother experienced depression during her pregnancy or she took an older antidepressant to treat her condition, new research suggests. However, more than 80 percent of the women in the study who were prescribed antidepressants were given one of a newer class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). And those medications were not linked to any increased risk for asthma in the child. "How maternal depression affects asthma risk in the offspring is unknown, but the mechanism could involve hormone changes or changes in lifestyles," said study lead author Dr. Xiaoqin Liu, an epidemiologist at Aarhus University in Denmark. "The most significant finding in our study is that we found that [overall] antidepressant use during pregnancy did not increase the risk of asthma in general." But ... Read more

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Pneumonia in Early Childhood Tied to Higher Odds of Asthma

Posted 6 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 – Children who contract pneumonia during the first three years of life appear to face a higher risk of developing asthma, new research suggests. These findings raise concern that early childhood respiratory problems may have an enduring and negative impact on growing lungs. "This supports the idea that the roots of chronic illness in adult life may be the events that occur in early life," said study co-author Dr. Fernando Martinez, a professor of pediatrics and director of the Arizona Respiratory Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson. "Early life is a time when organs are developing very fast, and can be affected and altered by outside stimuli or negative events, which may then carry into adulthood," he said. "So here," added Martinez, "we have shown that when you have a severe episode of pneumonia in early life there are consequences, such as lower levels ... Read more

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Cat, Dust Mite Allergies Linked to Childhood Asthma

Posted 23 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 – Toddlers and preschoolers with cat and dust mite allergies may face an increased risk for asthma later in childhood, a preliminary study suggests. The research included almost 500 children from Cincinnati. The youngsters had allergy skin prick tests for four common indoor allergens – cat, dog, cockroach and dust mite. The tests were done at ages 1, 2, 3 and 4 years. The children were tested for asthma at age 7. Children with year-to-year positive tests for cat and dust mite allergies had an increased risk of having asthma by age 7, according to the study. The researchers didn't find a link between other tested allergens and the development of asthma, however. Although the current research found an association between cat and dust mite allergies and asthma risk, it wasn't designed to show whether these allergens could cause asthma. The study was to be presented ... Read more

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Could a Dishwasher Raise Your Child's Allergy, Asthma Risk?

Posted 23 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 – Hand washing dishes instead of using a machine to wash dishes may reduce children's risk of developing allergic conditions, such as asthma or eczema, according to a new study. These findings are the latest to lend support to the "hygiene hypothesis." This theory suggests that early exposure to many different microbes may keep the immune system working properly. If the immune system is working well, the theory is that it won't mistakenly go after harmless substances as happens in allergies. "We have only tested an association between dishwashing methods and risk of allergy, but the findings fit well with the hygiene hypothesis. And there are studies showing that hand dishwashing very often is less effective than machine dishwashing in reducing bacterial content," said lead author Dr. Bill Hesselmar, an associate professor of allergy at Queen Silvia Children's ... Read more

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Host of Factors Influence Baby's Immune System

Posted 23 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Feb. 21, 2015 – Numerous factors influence the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, which then alters the immune system and changes susceptibility to allergies, researchers report. The team at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit conducted six studies of gut bacteria in babies and found that they varied by: the mother's race/ethnicity; how long the baby spent in the womb; exposure to tobacco smoke before and after birth; cesarean or vaginal birth; and whether there were pets in the home. "For years now, we've always thought that a sterile environment was not good for babies. Our research shows why," lead investigator Christine Cole Johnson, chair of the public health sciences department at Henry Ford, said in a hospital news release. "Exposure to these microorganisms, or bacteria, in the first few months after birth actually help stimulate the immune system," she explained. ... Read more

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Moldy Homes May Mean More Asthma in Young Kids

Posted 16 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 – Children appear more likely to develop asthma if their living rooms, kitchens or bedrooms have mold or moisture damage, according to a new study. Children were most susceptible to developing asthma with mold exposure during their first two years of life, or if they already had allergies. However, mold did not increase children's risk of developing allergies in the first place. "The most significant finding was that moisture damage with or without mold in the rooms where children are expected to spend most of their time is associated with increased asthma risk, and it appears to be permanent," said lead researcher Anne Karvonen, a senior researcher in Finland's National Institute for Health and Welfare. In other words, children's asthma continued through age 6, and visible mold in children's bedrooms or living rooms presented the highest risk, she said. Although ... Read more

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Preemies More Likely to Have Asthma, Study Finds

Posted 6 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 – Premature babies have an increased risk of developing asthma, but are likely to grow out of the disease, new research says. "The study confirms that those born prematurely [less than 37 weeks of pregnancy] are more likely to suffer asthmatic symptoms and lung conditions than other children. However, the good news is that they grow out of these conditions," study co-author Dr. Anne Louise de Barros Damgaard, a former medical student at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, said in a university news release. "We have looked at premature babies from birth and until the age of about 30, and we can see that the children do better and better. As adults, they suffer no more lung conditions than others," she added. The researchers analyzed the birth and health records of 1.8 million people in Denmark from 1980 to 2009. The study was published recently in the journal ... Read more

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Workers May Be Afraid to Discuss Job-Related Asthma

Posted 3 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 – Only 15 percent of working adults with asthma discuss with their doctor how their jobs might affect their breathing, even though nearly half have asthma that is possibly work-related, a new study reveals. The researchers also found that doctors often don't bring up the topic with patients. People may be reluctant to talk about work-related asthma because they're worried about how it might affect their job and income, said the authors of the study published Feb. 3 in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "Work-related asthma is underdiagnosed and under-recognized," lead author Dr. Jacek Mazurek, of the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, said in a journal news release. "A thorough occupational history is critical to first establishing a diagnosis of work-related asthma, and then putting measures in place to prevent further ... Read more

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Medication Problems May Spur Many Child ER Trips, Study Finds

Posted 2 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 – Medication-related problems – from side effects to improper use – may be the cause of many kids' trips to the emergency room, a new study suggests. Researchers found that at one Canadian children's hospital, medication-related problems accounted for one in 12 ER visits over a year. And about two-thirds of those incidents were preventable, the researchers concluded. The findings, published online Feb. 2 in Pediatrics, do not mean that parents should be afraid to give their children needed medications, the researchers noted. Instead, parents – and older kids – should have a "clear understanding" of why a medication is being prescribed and how to use it properly, said lead researcher Peter Zed, a pharmacist and associate professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His team found that allergic reactions and drug side effects were ... Read more

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Researchers Rethink Inner-City Asthma Theory

Posted 20 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 – A new study challenges the widely held belief that inner-city children have a higher risk of asthma simply because of where they live. Race, ethnicity and income have much stronger effects on asthma risk than where children live, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center researchers reported. The investigators looked at more than 23,000 children, aged 6 to 17, across the United States and found that asthma rates were 13 percent among inner-city children and 11 percent among those in suburban or rural areas. But that small difference vanished once other variables were factored in, according to the study published online Jan. 20 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Poverty increased the risk of asthma, as did being from certain racial/ethnic groups. Asthma rates were 20 percent for Puerto Ricans, 17 percent for blacks, 10 percent for whites, 9 percent for ... Read more

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