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Smoking Before Fatherhood May Raise Asthma Risk in Kids: Study

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 – Men who smoke before becoming a parent may put their children at increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the smoking habits of more than 13,000 men and women, and then looked at the incidence of asthma in their children. The results showed that asthma was much more common in children whose fathers were smokers before conception. A child's risk of asthma increased if the father smoked before age 15, and the risk grew the longer the father smoked. While the finding showed an association between a man's smoking history and asthma risk in his children, it did not prove cause-and-effect. There was no association between a mother being a smoker prior to conception and a child's risk of asthma, according to the study that was to be presented Monday at the European Respiratory Society meeting in Munich, Germany. "This study is important as ... Read more

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Putting Baby to Sleep on Animal Fur May Lower Asthma Risk: Study

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Sept. 7, 2014 – Infants who sleep on animal fur may be less likely to develop asthma later in childhood, new research suggests. The study included more than 2,400 healthy city-dwelling newborns in Germany who were followed until age 10. Of those children, 55 percent slept on animal skin in their first three months of life. Compared to other youngsters, those who slept on animal skin in infancy were 79 percent less likely to have asthma at age 6, and 41 percent less likely to have asthma by age 10, the investigators found. The study was presented Sunday at the European Respiratory Society meeting in Munich. The data and conclusions of research presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. "Previous studies have suggested that microbes found in rural settings can protect from asthma. An animal skin might also be a ... Read more

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FDA Approves Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone furoate) for the Treatment of Asthma

Posted 24 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

20 August 2014 – GlaxoSmithKline plc today announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone furoate inhalation powder), a once-daily inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) medicine for maintenance treatment of asthma as prophylactic therapy in patients aged 12 years and older. Arnuity is not indicated for relief of acute bronchospasm. The approved doses are Arnuity Ellipta 100mcg and 200mcg. Arnuity Ellipta is administered once daily via the dry powder inhaler called Ellipta, which is also used across a range of other approved respiratory medicines in the GSK portfolio. Darrell Baker, Senior Vice President & Head, GSK Global Respiratory Franchise, said, “The approval of Arnuity Ellipta is an important development for GSK and our expanding respiratory portfolio. It is the first asthma treatment from our new portfolio to have gained approval in the US a ... Read more

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Older Women With Asthma Face Worse Health Outcomes

Posted 1 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 – Although older women with asthma often have worse health outcomes, they may not make asthma care a priority, according to a new study. "There is no doubt that women over 65 suffer from asthma much more than men over 65," concluded Dr. James Sublett, an allergist and president-elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), in an organization news release. In fact, the asthma death rate among women age 65 years and older is nearly four times higher than in other groups of people, the study's authors noted. And that's despite the fact that older women don't have higher rates of asthma than any other group. "Allergists want older women to understand that getting their asthma under control can help them control a range of other adverse health conditions," the study's lead author and allergist, Dr. Alan Baptist, explained in an ACAAI news ... Read more

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Even Thinking an Odor is Harmful May Spur Asthma Symptoms

Posted 30 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 – For patients with asthma, just believing an odor is potentially harmful is enough to trigger airway inflammation for at least 24 hours, a new study indicates. "It's not just what you smell, but also what you think you smell," study author Cristina Jaen, a physiologist at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, said in a Monell news release. "Asthmatics often are anxious about scents and fragrances. When we expect that an odor is harmful, our bodies react as if that odor is indeed harmful," Jaen explained. "Both patients and care providers need to understand how expectations about odors can influence symptoms of the disease." More than 25 million Americans have asthma – a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the airways and can interfere with quality of life. For people with asthma, certain "triggers" can inflame and constrict the airway, making ... Read more

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Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids

Posted 22 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 – Women who are obese during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with asthma than normal-weight mothers, a new review suggests. "We found that, compared with children born from mothers of normal weight, those whose mothers were overweight or obese during pregnancy had up to 20 to 30 percent higher odds of asthma," said lead researcher Dr. Erick Forno, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Forno's team also found that excess weight gain during pregnancy was associated with about a 16 percent increased risk of asthma in the children. "These results included studies that evaluated asthma at different time points in childhood, from a little over a year of age all the way to 16 years of age," Forno noted. Although this review of more than a dozen previously published studies found an association between a mother's weight ... Read more

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Health Tip: Take it Easy on Chemical Cleaners

Posted 3 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Using harsh chemical cleaners can be irritating for people who have asthma, especially children. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers these suggestions: Change cleaners if you find that one in particular aggravates asthma. When you have to use an irritating product, make sure the affected family member is not nearby. Run a fan and open all doors and windows when using the chemical. Read the chemical's label and follow all instructions for use. Read more

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New Inhaled Drug Shows Promise Against Asthma, Allergies

Posted 3 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 – A new inhaled medication has the potential to treat mild asthma and allergies by interrupting the production of an immune system protein that triggers allergic reactions, a new study reports. The drug, quilizumab, targets the blood cells that produce a protein called immunoglobulin type E (IgE), that serves a key role in allergies. Quilizumab lowered total levels of IgE in the blood of people with allergies and mild asthma, and kept them low for a month, researchers report in the July 2 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine. "The subjects who received the drug not only had a reduction in their total IgE level, it also seemed to block production of new IgE in response to the allergen they inhaled," said study co-author Dr. Jeffrey Harris, principal medical director of immunology, tissue growth and repair for the drug manufacturer Genentech, which ... Read more

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Too-Clean Homes May Encourage Child Allergies, Asthma: Study

Posted 10 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 – Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but a home that's too clean can leave a newborn child vulnerable to allergies and asthma later in life, a new study reports. Infants are much less likely to suffer from allergies or wheezing if they are exposed to household bacteria and allergens from rodents, roaches and cats during their first year of life, the study found. The results stunned researchers, who had been following up on earlier studies that found an increased risk of asthma among inner-city dwellers exposed to high levels of roach, mouse and pet droppings and allergens. "What we found was somewhat surprising and somewhat contradictory to our original predictions," said study co-author Dr. Robert Wood, chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. "It turned out to be completely opposite – the more of ... Read more

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Yoga May Not Help Ease Asthma, Study Suggests

Posted 5 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 – Although yoga is believed to boost physical and mental health, it does not seem to help ease symptoms of asthma, a new study finds. Even so, experts from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) noted that if it makes people with asthma feel better they should continue to practice it. "Many asthma sufferers look to complementary therapies, such as yoga, to help relieve their symptoms," Dr. Michael Foggs, an allergist and ACAAI president, explained in a news release from the organization. "If yoga helps them to feel better and breathe better, patients should by all means practice it. At the same time, we don't advise that yoga be recommended to asthma sufferers as a treatment." The researchers analyzed 14 previous studies involving 824 adults from North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, to find out if yoga could help treat ... Read more

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Costs a Barrier to Asthma Care for Some Kids

Posted 25 May 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 – High health insurance co-pays in the United States increase the odds that children with asthma will miss out on important doctor visits and preventive medications, a new survey finds. Parents with higher co-pays reported switching to less expensive drugs, giving their children less medication than prescribed and putting off doctor visits or trips to the emergency room. "Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions among children, and the prevalence of asthma is greater among low-income populations," said study author Vicki Fung, a health services researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Over 9 percent of U.S. children have the potentially fatal chronic respiratory illness, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children who are treated early and use medication to prevent asthma flare-ups do better than kids who ... Read more

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Children's Asthma Linked to Air Pollution in 2nd Trimester: Study

Posted 19 May 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 19, 2014 – Babies born to women exposed to fine particle air pollution during the second trimester of pregnancy may be at greater risk for developing asthma in early childhood, according to a new study. Fine particle air pollution, which can be inhaled deeply, is linked to the greatest health risks, researchers cautioned. These particles can be found in smoke and haze. "We know that mothers' exposure to air pollution during pregnancy can affect lung development of their babies and lead to subsequent respiratory disorders, including asthma, although little is known about whether timing of the exposure is important to consider," said the study's lead author, Yueh-Hsiu Mathilda Chiu, from the department of pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. "In our study, we assessed whether higher exposure to particulate air pollution at more specific time ... Read more

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Vitamin D Supplements May Not Help Ease Asthma

Posted 18 May 2014 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 18, 2014 – Vitamin D supplements do little to help control asthma, a new study found, although they might help cut the level of medication some patients need. "Previous studies suggested that if you have asthma and low levels of vitamin D in the blood, you have worse lung function, more asthma attacks and more emergency room visits than asthma patients with higher vitamin D levels," Dr. Mario Castro, a professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, explained in a university news release. So, his team decided to conduct "the first randomized controlled trial to investigate whether taking vitamin D supplements can improve asthma control," he said. The study included more than 400 adult asthma patients at nine major medical centers in the United States. All of them had mild to moderate asthma and what was considered ... Read more

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Climate Change Will Make Breathing in Summer Harder: Study

Posted 8 May 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 8, 2014 – Summertime ozone air pollution levels in the United States could rise 70 percent by 2050 due to climate change, according to a new study. That means that nearly all regions of the continental U.S. will have at least a few days of unhealthy air during the summers. But heavily polluted areas in the East, Midwest and West Coast that already have many days with high ozone levels could be faced with unhealthy air for most of the summer. "It doesn't matter where you are in the United States – climate change has the potential to make your air worse," study lead author Gabriele Pfister, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., said in a center news release. "A warming planet doesn't just mean rising temperatures, it also means risking more summertime pollution and the health impacts that come with it," she added. The ozone that ... Read more

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Health Tip: Getting Rid of Dust Mites

Posted 21 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Dust mites can worsen allergies and asthma symptoms. But keeping your home clean can help keep dust mites at bay. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers these suggestions to help banish dust mites: Wash all linens and bedding weekly in very hot water, and dry completely. Protect mattresses and pillows with dust-proof covers. Make sure all carpets and furniture are cleaned weekly with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter. Give children washable stuffed toys, and wash these items regularly in hot water. Dust your home frequently with a damp cloth. Read more

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