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Asthma Raises Heart Attack Risk, Research Suggests

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 – People suffering from asthma who have to take medication every day to control it may face an increased risk of heart attack, new research suggests. And a second study confirms that having active asthma also increases your heart risk. "People with asthma should make an effort to optimally control their asthma symptoms, because proper asthma control not only improves asthma symptoms and quality of life but also reduces the risk of heart attack," said Dr. Young Juhn, a pediatrics professor at the Mayo Clinic who was lead researcher on one of the studies. Juhn and his colleagues studied 543 heart attack patients, comparing them with 543 people who didn't have a heart attack. After accounting for heart disease risk factors, such as obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol, they found that patients with active asthma had about a 70 percent ... Read more

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Poor Quality Housing Tied to Higher Asthma Rates Among Kids

Posted 4 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 – There's more evidence that poorer housing is tied to higher rates of asthma attacks among kids. In a new study, researchers led by Dr. Andrew Beck, a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, tracked links between community housing code violations – infractions such as the presence in homes of mold and cockroaches – and the health of more than 4,300 children, aged 1 to 16. All of the children were hospitalized for asthma attacks at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center between 2009 and 2012. Beck's team found that children who lived in areas with higher numbers of housing code violations were nearly twice as likely to be re-hospitalized or to revisit the emergency department within 12 months, compared to those who lived in areas with fewer housing violations. That means that, "local agencies that enforce housing policies can ... Read more

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Colleges Could Do More for Students With Chronic Ills, Study Finds

Posted 27 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 – Many college health centers may lack the resources to fully care for students with chronic health conditions, a new study suggests. The research, published online Oct. 27 in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed health center directors at 153 U.S. colleges. It found that while most felt their center could care for students with asthma or depression, only half thought they could manage diabetes. And despite the confidence in their asthma and depression care, most centers did not actively identify incoming students with chronic health problems. Only one-quarter contacted those students to encourage them to make an first-time appointment. Often, college health centers are limited in what they can do, due to tight budgets, experts said. "Many have seen their funding cut significantly, and some colleges are now 'outsourcing' health services," said Dr. Terrill Bravender, a ... Read more

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Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study

Posted 20 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 – While picking up a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medication, about one in 20 people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or high blood pressure will also purchase cigarettes, a new study finds. Six percent of people with asthma or COPD, and about 5 percent of people with high blood pressure or those picking up oral contraceptive bought cigarettes, the researchers found. "While smoking itself can cause many health problems, it can worsen certain conditions and have other effects on medications," said lead researcher Joshua Gagne, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. For example, smoking can worsen respiratory conditions and can increase blood pressure, the researchers wrote. Smoking can also increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in oral contraceptives users, Gagne said. In ... Read more

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New Clues to How Colds Can Spur Asthma Attacks

Posted 1 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 – Scientists have pinpointed a molecule that may trigger potentially life-threatening asthma attacks brought on by colds. The researchers say this finding could offer a target for new drugs to be developed to treat these attacks. Most asthma attacks (80 percent to 90 percent) are caused by viruses that infected the airways, according to the British researchers. Most of these are rhinoviruses, which are the main cause of the common cold. The researchers found that a specific molecule called IL-25 may play a major role in asthma attacks caused by colds. The findings are published in the Oct. 1 issue of Science Translational Medicine. "Our research has shown for the first time that the cells that line the airways of asthmatics are more prone to producing a small molecule called IL-25, which then appears to trigger a chain of events that causes attacks," study ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Xolair (omalizumab): Drug Safety Communication - Slightly Elevated Risk of Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Serious Adverse Events

Posted 26 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: An FDA review of safety studies suggests a slightly increased risk of problems involving the heart and blood vessels supplying the brain among patients being treated with the asthma drug Xolair (omalizumab) than in those who were not treated with Xolair. As a result, FDA has added information about these potential risks to the drug label. The review found no difference in the rates of cancer between those patients being treated with Xolair and those who were not being treated with Xolair. However, due to limitations in the 5-year study, FDA cannot rule out a potential risk of cancer with Xolair, so this information was added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the drug label. BACKGROUND: Xolair is an injectable medicine for patients 12 years of age and older with moderate to severe persistent allergic asthma whose asthma symptoms are not controlled by asthma medicines ... Read more

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Job Worries Can Raise Asthma Risk, Study Says

Posted 23 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 – Fear of losing your job can increase the risk for developing asthma, according to a new European study. The study involved more than 7,000 employed adults in Germany. Between 2009 and 2011, during the economic downturn in Europe, the workers answered questions about the respiratory disorder and also on whether they thought they would lose their job within two years. More than 100 new cases of asthma were diagnosed among the survey group, half of whom were women, during the study period. The researchers noted that for every 25 percent jump in job-related stress, the risk for asthma also increased by 24 percent. The risk for asthma surged to 60 percent among those who thought it was highly likely they would lose their job. The participants who thought there was a high probability of losing their job within two years tended to be younger, less educated, unmarried ... Read more

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Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids

Posted 17 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 – Exposure in the womb to household chemicals known as phthalates might increase a child's future risk of developing asthma, Columbia University researchers reported in a new study. Children had nearly an 80 percent increased risk of developing asthma between age 5 and 11 if their mothers were exposed during pregnancy to high levels of two phthalates (pronounced thal-ates), the researchers found. The two phthalates were butylbenzyl phthalate and di-n-butyl phthalate, according to the study. But, the study wasn't designed to prove whether or not these phthalates actually caused the increased risk of asthma; it was only meant to see if there was an association between phthalates and asthma. "The prenatal period tends to be when the child is most vulnerable, and in our study we did see a significant increase in asthma risk with prenatal exposure," said lead ... Read more

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Smoking Before Fatherhood May Raise Asthma Risk in Kids: Study

Posted 8 Sep 2014 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 Sep 2014 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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