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Pneumonia in Early Childhood Tied to Higher Odds of Asthma

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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 11 days ago by

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 11 days ago by

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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Asthma Tied to Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea

Posted 13 Jan 2015 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 – Two troublesome adult breathing issues – asthma and sleep apnea – may have a connection, a new study suggests. Adults who struggle with asthma face an increased risk for also developing the nighttime breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, the new research reveals. The finding stems from the long-term tracking of about 550 men and women, of whom a little over 15 percent had asthma. All were participants in the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study. At the study's launch in 1988, all the enrollees were between the ages of 30 and 60. Every four years since that time, each completed general health questionnaires, while also completing in an overnight in-laboratory sleep test. At the very first four-year follow-up, the study authors found that more than a quarter of the asthma patients (27 percent) also had newly developed sleep apnea. This compared with just ... Read more

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Health Tip: Triggering Asthma Attacks

Posted 9 Jan 2015 by

-- An asthma attack can be triggered by a host of factors, from things to which you're allergic to panic or fear. The American Lung Association says asthma can be brought on by: Respiratory infections such as the flu or common cold. Foods to which you're allergic, commonly shellfish or peanuts. Medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Allergens, such as smoke, dust mites, mold or animal dander. Pollen, air pollution or significant changes in weather and temperature. Stress, laughing, crying, yelling, or feeling afraid or angry. Irritants from strong odors, such as from cleaning supplies, air fresheners or perfumes. Exercise, such as from climbing stairs, playing sports or swimming. Read more

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Nearly Half of Older Adults With Asthma, COPD Still Smoke: CDC

Posted 7 Jan 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 – Close to half of U.S. adults over 40 who have trouble breathing due to asthma or COPD still continue to smoke, federal health officials reported Wednesday. The findings highlight the difficulty facing many smokers trying to quit – even when smoking exacerbates an already distressing illness, one expert said. However, "with assistance, quitting may still be challenging but it is possible," said Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. The new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics come a day after the release of another agency report, which found that 15 percent of Americans between 40 and 79 years of age suffer from some form of lung obstruction – typically asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD, a progressive illness often linked to ... Read more

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About 1 in 7 Older Adults Has Some Form of Lung Disease: CDC

Posted 7 Jan 2015 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 – Nearly 15 percent, or about one out of seven, middle-aged and older U.S. adults suffer from lung disorders such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), health officials said Tuesday. While 10 percent of those people experience mild breathing problems, more than one-third of them report moderate or severe respiratory symptoms, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. "There are a huge number of Americans that experience lung obstruction," said Dr. Norman Edelman, a senior medical advisor to the American Lung Association, who was not involved in the research. "It's a major problem; it's the third leading cause of death in the United States." People with asthma or COPD – which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis – have reduced airflow and shortness of breath. For the report, CDC researchers analyzed national ... Read more

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Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction

Posted 18 Dec 2014 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 – Few people know how to properly use the medical devices that contain lifesaving medications for severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks, a new study shows. Just 16 percent knew the correct way to use an epinephrine injector for someone with a life-threatening allergy. And only 7 percent knew how to use an asthma inhaler as directed. "This isn't a new concern. We always worry about our patients, especially those with food allergies," said one of the study's authors, Dr. Aasia Ghazi, from the Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Dallas. "We had a patient call in the middle of a reaction, and she didn't remember how to use the epinephrine injector. That's why we looked to see what's going on, and what are the barriers that keep patients from using these devices properly?" Ghazi explained. The study was published online Dec. 18 in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma ... Read more

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Raised Asthma Risk Seen for Toddlers Who Share Bed With Parents

Posted 11 Dec 2014 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 – Toddlers who share a bed with their parents may have an increased risk of developing asthma later in childhood, a new study finds. The study included more than 6,100 mothers in the Netherlands who provided information about wheezing and asthma symptoms in their children every year between ages 1 and 6. Children who shared a bed with their parents during infancy (2 months old) did not have an increased risk of developing asthma by the time they were 6 years old. However, children who shared a bed with their parents when they were toddlers (age 24 months) were more likely to have wheezing later at ages 3 years to 6 years, and of being diagnosed with asthma by age 6 years. The study appears online Dec. 11 in the European Respiratory Journal. "The current study shows that there is an association between toddlers who share a bed with their parents at the age of 2 ... Read more

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