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Allergy and Asthma Sufferers Beware as Holiday Season Kicks In

Posted 4 days ago by

SATURDAY, Nov. 21, 2015 – There are a number of steps people with allergies and asthma can take to deal with the challenges they may face over the holidays, an expert says. "Two-thirds of allergy sufferers have symptoms year-round, so it's not just a matter of the first freeze hitting and your symptoms disappearing," Dr. Bryan Martin, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said in a college news release. "Even after the pollen season dies down, there are environmental triggers to deal with – things like mold, dust and pet dander. The winter holidays can bring a whole new set of triggers," he explained. For example, very cold, dry air can trigger asthma, experts warn. When going outside in very cold weather, people with asthma should cover their mouth and nose with a scarf or face mask, especially if they're exercising. People with allergies and ... Read more

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FDA Approves Nucala (mepolizumab) to Treat Severe Asthma

Posted 4 Nov 2015 by

November 4, 2015 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Nucala (mepolizumab) for use with other asthma medicines for the maintenance treatment of asthma in patients age 12 years and older. Nucala is approved for patients who have a history of severe asthma attacks (exacerbations) despite receiving their current asthma medicines. Asthma is a chronic disease that causes inflammation in the airways of the lungs. During an asthma attack, airways become narrow making it hard to breathe. Severe asthma attacks can lead to asthma-related hospitalizations because these attacks can be serious and even life-threatening. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2013, more than 22 million people in the U.S. have asthma, and there are more than 400,000 asthma-related hospitalizations each year. “This approval offers patients with severe asthma an additional ... Read more

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Dogs in the Home May Lower Kids' Odds for Asthma

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – Exposure to dogs or farm animals early in life appears to reduce a child's risk of developing asthma, a new study shows. Researchers looked at more than one million Swedish children. They found that those who grew up with dogs in the home were nearly 15 percent less likely to develop asthma than those not exposed to dogs. The new study also confirmed earlier research showing that children who grow up on farms have lower rates of asthma. While the study can't prove cause-and-effect, it does "support the 'hygiene hypothesis,' in that early exposure of children to microbes may support the development of a healthy immune system," said Dr. Sherry Farzan, an allergist and immunologist at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. She was not involved in the study. The findings were published online Nov. 2 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. The study was led by ... Read more

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Health Tip: What's Polluting the Indoor Air?

Posted 22 Oct 2015 by

-- Indoor air pollution can trigger a host of breathing problems, especially for people with asthma and other respiratory issues. The American Lung Association says common sources of indoor air pollution include: Cigarette smoke. Mold or mildew. Improperly vented appliances, such as stoves or furnaces. Exhaust from cars, motorcycles or lawn mowers. Household chemicals. A recent paint job. Recent pesticide use. Trash left inside the home or attached garage. Read more

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'Green' Public Housing May Help Families Breathe Easier

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – Low-income families living in "green" public housing may have fewer problems with asthma and other respiratory conditions, a new study finds. Researchers found that children living in Boston's newer, greener public housing had fewer asthma attacks, hospital visits and missed school days, compared with their peers in standard public housing. Adults, meanwhile, were less likely to report symptoms consistent with a condition called "sick building syndrome" – which include dizziness, headaches, nausea and eye irritation. The research, reported in the American Journal of Public Health, did not find a cause-and-effect link that proves green housing improves people's respiratory health. But it makes sense that it would, said lead researcher Meryl Colton, who was at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston when the study was conducted. It's known that ... Read more

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Health Tip: Considering Cough Medicine?

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

-- Cough medicine is a popular reach-for medication for people with a cold or the flu. But it may not be appropriate for every cough. The American Academy of Family Physicians says you probably shouldn't use cough medicine if your cough is caused by: Smoking. Emphysema. Chronic bronchitis or pneumonia. Asthma. Read more

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Health Tip: Live Better With Asthma

Posted 5 Oct 2015 by

-- By keeping your asthma under control and creating a plan for when attacks strike, asthma doesn't have to ruin your health. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggests: With help from your doctor, create an asthma action plan. It should include steps for taking medication, and what to do if symptoms worsen. Learn about, and avoid, asthma triggers. Get regular medical checkups. Take medication as prescribed. Practice using inhaled medication in front of your doctor, if needed. Record asthma symptoms and peak flow readings in a journal to share with your doctor. Read more

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Gut Bacteria Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – The presence of four types of gut bacteria in infancy may reduce a child's risk for asthma, Canadian researchers report. Most infants get these bacteria naturally from the environment. But some babies are given antibiotics that kill these bacteria, and some are not exposed to them for various reasons, the researchers said. "We now have particular markers that seem to predict asthma later in life," lead researcher Brett Finlay, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, said during a news conference Tuesday. "These findings indicate that bacteria that live in and on us may have a role in asthma," he said. This seems to happen by 3 months of age in ways that still aren't clear. Coming into contact with environmental bacteria, such as by living on a farm or having pets, appears to decrease asthma risk, Finlay ... Read more

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Health Tip: What's Behind That Cough?

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by

-- A cough is the body's reaction to an irritant in the airways. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute mentions possible cough triggers: Allergens, such as dust, dander, pollen or mold. Irritants, such as cigarette smoke or substances with a strong fragrance, such as air fresheners or perfumes. A medical condition, such as the common cold, pneumonia or the flu. A long-term medical condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), lung cancer, heart failure or asthma. A side effect of medication, including beta blockers and ACE inhibitors. Read more

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Kids May Be More Likely to Get Asthma if Grandma Smoked While Pregnant: Study

Posted 29 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 – Children whose grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk for asthma, even if their own mothers did not smoke, a new study suggests. It's known that smoking can cause changes in gene activity. The new study findings suggest that those changes can be passed down through more than one generation, the researchers said. The study included more than 66,000 grandchildren and nearly 45,000 grandmothers in Sweden. Children whose grandmothers smoked while pregnant with daughters had a 10 percent to 22 percent increased risk of asthma, even if their own mothers did not smoke during pregnancy. The study, to be presented Wednesday at a meeting of the European Respiratory Society in Amsterdam, may help explain why there has been a sharp rise in asthma rates in the last 50 years, the researchers said. The study only found a link between grandmothers who ... Read more

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Secondhand Smoke May Double Risk of Hospitalization for Kids With Asthma

Posted 24 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 – Exposure to secondhand smoke puts children with asthma at nearly double the risk of winding up in the hospital, a new analysis reveals. For these kids, secondhand smoke can worsen symptoms and make their condition more difficult to control. So parents need to be aware of these additional risks, the researchers warned. "Previous studies have linked secondhand smoke exposure with increased asthma prevalence, poorer asthma control and increased symptoms," lead study author Zhen Wang, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in an American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology news release. "We wanted to quantify the strength of the association, and to show just how much greater the risk is of hospitalization for kids with asthma who are exposed to secondhand smoke in the home," Wang added. One expert said the findings make sense. "Having treated ... Read more

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FDA Approves Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium) for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Adults and Adolescents

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., September 16, 2015 – Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Spiriva Respimat for the long-term, once-daily, prescription maintenance treatment of asthma in people ages 12 and older. Spiriva Respimat is not a treatment for sudden asthma symptoms. Asthma, which affects more than 22 million people in the U.S., can cause a patient’s airways to become inflamed and tighten, making it hard to breathe. Despite currently available treatments, many patients continue to experience asthma symptoms, which can have a negative impact on their ability to perform daily activities. One survey found 55 percent of people with asthma taking at least one treatment still experienced symptoms. The approval of Spiriva Respimat establishes a new class of asthma medication known as long-acting muscarinic antagonists ... Read more

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Many Teens With Chronic Illnesses Use Alcohol, Pot

Posted 31 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 – Teens with chronic diseases such as asthma and juvenile arthritis have to manage their health carefully, yet many of them have had alcohol or smoked marijuana in the last year, a new study shows. "That was surprising to us," said study first author Elissa Weitzman, assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, about the findings. "We thought having a chronic illness might be protective, to some extent, given the potential for near-term serious health harm and the high value youth place on staying healthy." But, she added, "While it's tempting to think that these youth are somehow immune from typical adolescent risk behaviors, they are not. They are exposed to marketing, promotion, peer behaviors, and like their peers, [they] are looking to have fun, fit in and 'escape.' " The study was published online Aug. 31 in the journal Pediatrics. For ... Read more

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Neglecting Teen Health May Lead to Bigger Problems as Adults

Posted 17 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 – Nearly one in five teens has specific health care needs that are not receiving attention, and this may set them up for poorer physical and mental health in adulthood, a new study contends. "Previous research had shown that lack of medical care in this age group is associated with poor health and higher risk behaviors at the time. But, it wasn't known that these poor health outcomes persisted into adulthood," said lead author Dr. Dougal Hargreaves, a pediatrician and health services researcher at University College London, England, and at Boston Children's Hospital. The study was published online Aug. 17 in the journal Pediatrics. The researchers analyzed data from 14,800 participants in a long-term U.S. study of teen and adult health. The teens first answered questions in 1994-1995 when they were, on average, 16 years old. Then they responded in another ... Read more

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Legionnaire's Disease Most Deadly for Frail, Elderly, Experts Say

Posted 6 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – As New York City health officials work to contain an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, health experts note that the elderly, smokers and those with respiratory conditions are most vulnerable to the potentially deadly bacteria. So far, 97 people have been infected and eight have died in the current outbreak, which has been traced to cooling towers in a Bronx neighborhood, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Of those who died, all were older individuals with other medical conditions. And the outbreak is not over, experts noted Thursday. "There are probably going to be more cases because the disease has a long incubation period – 10 to 14 days," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an attending physician in the department of emergency medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Another expert explained that the disease is more ... Read more

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