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Pets Can Double as Asthma Antidote

Posted 16 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 – The "hygiene hypothesis" holds that early exposure to a variety of microorganisms may decrease the risk for chronic inflammatory diseases, like asthma. Two Swedish studies that tracked 650,000 children found that exposure to farm animals and even dogs can have this kind of beneficial effect. Living on a farm cut kids' asthma rate by half. Just having a dog in baby's first ...

Don't Blame Just Air Pollution for Asthma in Kids

Posted 24 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 – Children with asthma who live in areas with dirty air require emergency medical care more often than those with less exposure to air pollution, a new study finds. The Columbia University study included nearly 200 children with asthma in New York City, ages 7 to 8. They came from middle-class families in four of the city's five boroughs: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan ...

Dirty Air Tied to Millions of Asthma ER Visits Each Year

Posted 24 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 – Polluted air may trigger as many as 33 million asthma-related emergency room visits globally each year, a new study finds. "Millions of people worldwide have to go to emergency rooms for asthma attacks every year because they are breathing dirty air," said study lead author Susan Anenberg, of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. "Our findings suggest that ...

5 Tips to Manage Your Child's Asthma

Posted 23 Sep 2018 by

SATURDAY, Sept. 22, 2018 – For many children with asthma, coughing is an early warning sign of a flare-up, an expert says. Understanding asthma and knowing what to expect can help parents prevent or lessen the severity of asthma attacks, said Dr. Ronald Ferdman, a pediatric allergist-immunologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He provided the following tips to help parents protect their ...

Women With Asthma More Likely to Develop COPD

Posted 10 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 – More than 4 in 10 women with asthma developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and heavy smoking and obesity were among the significant risk factors, a new study found. The research involved more than 4,000 women with asthma in Canada who were followed for about 14 years after being diagnosed with the condition. During that time, 42 percent of the women ...

Preschoolers' Parents May Be Unprepared to Treat Asthma

Posted 8 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 – Only about half the parents of asthmatic preschoolers had the right knowledge and medicines on hand to treat their child's breathing condition at home, a new study found. And one-third of those children had empty inhalers, the researchers reported. "The inability to treat asthma could lead to emergency department visits," explained senior study author Michelle Eakin, an ...

School Prep Includes Planning Allergy, Asthma Management

Posted 8 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 – Allergies and asthma can make the start of the new school year a challenge for kids who aren't prepared to deal with flare-ups, an allergist warns. "Every age group is different in how much they can handle when it comes to protecting themselves from flare-ups due to allergies and asthma while at school, as well as severe allergic reactions from food allergies," said Dr. ...

Can You Eat Your Way to Better Asthma Control?

Posted 13 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 – Need another reason to eat healthy? New evidence bolsters the notion that nutritionally rich foods might help prevent or minimize asthma. While the study couldn't prove cause and effect, one asthma specialist said there's certainly no downside to eating better. "The health benefits of a diet rich in plant foods and unprocessed foods are already well-known," said Dr. Ann ...

Walkable Neighborhoods Might Lower Kids' Asthma Risk

Posted 11 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 – Children may be more likely to develop asthma if they live in neighborhoods where it's difficult to get around on foot, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 326,000 children in Toronto who were born between 1997 and 2003, and followed them until the ages of 8 through 15. Twenty-one percent of the children developed asthma, and low walkability in ...

Kids With Asthma Need a Flu Shot: Study

Posted 4 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – An annual flu shot is key for children with asthma, a new study shows. "We now know that if these kids get the flu, the risks are very high that emergency treatment for an asthma attack will fail," said study co-author and pediatrician Dr. Francine Ducharme. "Instead of having an 18 percent risk of treatment failure, with flu their risk rises to 40 percent," said Ducharme, ...

Be Smart When It Comes to Spring Allergies and Asthma

Posted 25 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 – Lots of things grow in the spring, including your risk of severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks. So people need to take preventive measures and know when to seek medical care, an emergency physician says. "Spring tends to bring more people to the emergency department," Dr. Paul Kivela, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said in a college news ...

Got Asthma? Avoid Allergens

Posted 22 Apr 2018 by

SATURDAY, April 21, 2018 – If you have asthma, it may help to reduce your exposure to allergens. Previous research has shown that roughly two-thirds of all people with asthma also have an allergy, allergy experts say. "What many people don't realize is that the same things that trigger your seasonal hay fever symptoms – things like pollen, dust mites, mold and pet dander – can also cause ...

Preschool, Day Care Not Asthma Triggers: Study

Posted 13 Apr 2018 by

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 – Breathe easy, Mom and Dad. Sending your young children to preschool or day care probably won't increase their risk of developing asthma. In fact, researchers report, it may help protect your kids against the respiratory disease. Investigators at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) based that conclusion on an analysis of 32 studies published between 1964 ...

AHA: Asthma as Kid, Stiffer Arteries as an Adult?

Posted 9 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Having asthma as a child is associated with developing stiff arteries earlier in adulthood, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the journal Hypertension, sought to explore the link between asthma, a chronic lung disease that makes breathing difficult, and stiff arteries, which is associated with heart disease and stroke. ...

Boosting Steroid Dose May Not Reduce Kids' Asthma Flare-Ups

Posted 5 Mar 2018 by

SATURDAY, March 3, 2018 – Temporarily boosting the dose of inhaled steroids may not do much to reduce the frequency of severe asthma flare-ups in children, according to two new studies. Short-term increases in inhaled steroids might even be tied to slightly slowed growth in kids, one of the studies suggested. Asthma flare-ups in children are common and many doctors increase doses of inhaled ...

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