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Researchers Rethink Inner-City Asthma Theory

Posted 12 days ago 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 19 days ago 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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No Link Between Acetaminophen in Pregnancy, Asthma in Kids: Study

Posted 26 Nov 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 – Taking acetaminophen, best known as Tylenol, during pregnancy or giving it to young children does not raise the risk of childhood asthma, a new study finds. Concerns have been raised that the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and/or early in a child's life may be associated with the development of asthma. But the study authors say that respiratory infections during infancy probably play a much more significant role in the later development of asthma, and there's no need to change current recommendations about the use of acetaminophen. The study was led by Dr. Adrian Lowe at the University of Australia, in Melbourne. His team analyzed data from 11 studies conducted on the potential link between the use of acetaminophen by pregnant women and during the first two years of a child's life – a critical time in the development of young lungs. While the studies ... Read more

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Asthma Raises Heart Attack Risk, Research Suggests

Posted 16 Nov 2014 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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