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Helping a Child Manage a Chronic Illness

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 – Children and teens who feel confident handling a chronic illness on their own appear better able to learn to manage their health as adults, a new study finds. The University of North Carolina investigators concluded that kids who believe their health is controlled by adults or by chance may not develop the health self-management skills they will need as adults. This could put them at increased risk for health problems. The study included 163 youngsters, aged 6 to 17, attending a camp for young people with chronic diseases. Researchers asked the participants whether they felt they had control over their health. The researchers also assessed whether the children took medications as prescribed and their readiness to transition to adult care. Feeling confident about managing their own health and being ready to transition to adult care likely indicate that ... Read more

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Does Living Near a Fracking Site Make Asthma Worse?

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – Living near fracking sites may make asthma worse for many of those who suffer from the respiratory condition, a new study suggests. Fracking is a controversial process in which water, sand and chemicals are pumped deep into the ground at high pressure to extract hard-to-reach pockets of natural gas. "The unconventional natural gas development process [fracking] has numerous environmental impacts that could affect health," said lead researcher Dr. Brian Schwartz. He is a professor of environmental health sciences, epidemiology and medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. The list of impacts includes noise, vibration, strong odors, air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, heavy truck traffic, conversion of rural areas to industrial ones and stress, he said. Many of these can also affect asthma symptoms, Schwartz added. For ... Read more

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London's Great Smog of 1952 Linked to Asthma Surge

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 8, 2016 – London's Great Smog of 1952 might have affected the health of young children and unborn babies, resulting in thousands of additional cases of asthma, a new study contends. "Our results suggest that the harm from this dreadful event over 60 years ago lives on today," said the study's leader, Matthew Neidell, in a Columbia University news release. He is an associate professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. The Great Smog of London lasted five days in December 1952. The smog developed when a weather phenomenon that pushes air downwards helped trap the pollution from residential coal fires (to heat homes) and industrial pollution low to the ground, according to the United Kingdom's public weather service. People described the smog as so thick you couldn't see from one side of the street to the other, ... Read more

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Long Work Hours May Hurt Your Health

Posted 21 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 – Years of working long hours may help you climb the career ladder, but those hours may take a steep toll on your health – and that's especially true for women, new research says. "People who habitually put in a lot of long hours for many years, even decades, are really running an increased risk of potentially seeing chronic disease later in life," said study researcher Allard Dembe. He's a professor of health services management and policy at the College of Public Health at Ohio State University. The link between long work hours and disease ''seems to be present a bit in men but is tremendously more evident in women," said Dembe. While the study cannot prove cause and effect, he said, the associations were strong in women. When the researchers compared men who worked more than 60 hours a week to those who worked 30 to 40, they found those who worked the longer ... Read more

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Health Tip: Need a Lung Function Test?

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A lung function test measures how well your lungs are working, helping your doctor diagnose the cause and severity of any problems with your breathing. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says the test is designed to show: The amount of air that you can breathe into your lungs to see if it's in the normal range. The amount of air that you can exhale from your lungs, and how quickly you can do it. The ability of your lungs to bring oxygen to your blood. How strong the muscles that help you breathe are. Read more

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Health Tip: Control Asthma

Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Asthma medications can tame your symptoms and greatly improve your quality of life. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says benefits of controlling asthma include: Better breathing. Regaining the ability to participate in sports and other physical activities. Better sleep. Freedom from wheezing and coughing. Avoiding hospital stays. Read more

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Many Parents Ill-Informed About Kids' Asthma Meds

Posted 31 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 – Only half of parents of children with asthma fully understand the use of their youngsters' asthma medications, a new study finds. A survey of parents of 740 children with probable persistent asthma found just 49 percent knew what kind of medication their child was prescribed and how often to use it. Following recommended guidelines is key to controlling asthma symptoms, experts say. "Adherence to the guidelines has demonstrated improved outcomes: decreased hospitalizations, emergency department visits and outpatient visits," said study primary author Dr. Ann Chen Wu, of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute in Boston. Parents were asked which asthma controller medications their child was prescribed and how often they should be taken. Responses were compared to instructions from their child's health care provider. Records showed that 77 percent of the ... Read more

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Asthma Symptoms Can Bloom in Springtime

Posted 29 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 – Asthma symptoms increase in spring, making it especially important for people with the lung disease to be aware of triggers and risk factors, an expert says. "Asthma is a lifelong disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing," said Dr. Linda Rogers, director of the clinical asthma program at Mount Sinai-National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute, in New York City. "While there is no cure for asthma, a personalized care plan including appropriate medications and education on triggers and proper care techniques can prevent attacks from occurring, helping patients lead a full and active life," she said in a Mount Sinai news release. An asthma attack can cause airways to swell, which constricts airflow and results in difficulty breathing. Common asthma triggers include tobacco smoke, outdoor air pollution, dust mites, pet dander, ... Read more

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Fewer Inhaled Steroids May Be OK for Asthmatic Children

Posted 27 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 – Inhaled steroid therapy is commonly used to treat asthmatic children with persistent, daily wheezing episodes. However, a new study suggests that the powerful medicines may not be needed on a daily basis for kids whose wheezing occurs sporadically, such as when they catch a cold. "It makes sense that these children with frequent symptoms require daily treatment, whereas those who wheeze just during viral illnesses may only need treatment during illnesses," study lead author Dr. Sunitha Kaiser, of the University of California, San Francisco, said in a university news release. Two experts who reviewed the study had different reactions to the findings, however. "The less-frequent use of steroids is good news for children, since chronic steroid use can stunt growth," said Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Child asthma ... Read more

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At Least 1 Full-Time Nurse Per School, Pediatric Group Recommends

Posted 23 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – Every school should have at least one full-time registered nurse, a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement says. "School nursing is one of the most effective ways to keep children healthy and in school and to prevent chronic absenteeism," Dr. Breena Welch Holmes, a lead author of the policy statement and chair of the AAP Council on School Health, said in an AAP news release. But school district policies about nurses may lack uniformity. And such policies often need updating, the AAP noted. In the past, the AAP supported having one school nurse for every 750 healthy students and one nurse for every 225 students who needed professional nursing assistance. But these ratios aren't enough to meet the health needs of today's students, the new policy says. "As student health needs became more complex, the school nursing role has expanded to include ... Read more

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Health Tip: Create an Asthma Action Plan

Posted 16 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- An asthma action plan can help people with asthma handle an attack quickly and safely. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: Creating the action plan with your doctor's assistance. Including in your plan the asthma treatments taken daily, including the type of medications and when taken. Including a plan for long-term asthma control. Including a plan for an asthma attack. Noting when it's appropriate to visit the doctor or go to the emergency room. If the plan is for a child, giving the plan to anyone who cares for that child, including daycare providers and teachers. Read more

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Severe Asthma in Childhood Linked to COPD Risk Later

Posted 12 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Though many children with persistent asthma get better as they get older, some may go on to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in early adulthood, a new study suggests. People with the poorest lung function and reduced lung growth are most at risk for developing COPD, a chronic progressive condition that makes it hard to breathe, the researchers said. "Study participants were children with mild-to-moderate persistent asthma, which places them among the most severe 30 or 40 percent of all childhood asthmatics. Among this group, serious airway obstruction is an early life possibility," said researcher Michael McGeachie. "There may be interventions that can help mitigate these risks, although we do not specifically identify any," said McGeachie, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The ... Read more

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Do You Know the 'Hidden' Signs of Asthma?

Posted 11 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – While most people know that wheezing is a sign of asthma, far fewer realize that trouble sleeping or a persistent cough may also be symptoms of the airway disease, a new survey shows. Those findings may help explain why many adults don't realize they have the disease and don't seek treatment, the researchers said. But, one in every 200 U.S. adults is diagnosed every year with asthma, a condition called adult-onset asthma, the researchers said. "A lot of people have asthma and don't know it. Many adults do not have the traditional asthma symptoms, or they don't have all of the symptoms," said Dr. David Beuther. He is a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health in Denver, a hospital that specializes in respiratory diseases. The hospital commissioned the national survey. It included more than 1,000 people who were aged 18 and older. They were asked about the ... Read more

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Managing Allergies, Asthma 101

Posted 3 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 – Teens with allergies or asthma who are heading for college later this year should begin preparing for the transition now, an expert says. "For most teens, going away to college marks their first time living independently," said Dr. David Stukus, a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Public Relations Committee. "In addition to moving to a new place, many must learn to manage their own schedule, diet, exercise and health. Young people may find their allergies and asthma neglected due to other, seemingly more important demands on their attention," he said in a college news release. Stukus offers tips on how teens with allergies or asthma can prepare for college in an article published May 3 in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The first step, he said, is to meet with your allergist and: Review your asthma and/or ... Read more

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More U.S. Kids Have Chronic Health Problems: Study

Posted 1 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 – The number of American kids suffering from asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the increase, with poor children being hit the hardest, researchers report. Children living in extreme poverty who had asthma and ADHD were nearly twice as likely to have at least one other chronic medical condition. These conditions included developmental delays, autism, depression, anxiety, behavioral or conduct issues, speech and language problems, epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and learning disabilities. "These findings emphasize the importance of studying poverty and its impact on child health, as well as confirm the need for increased awareness to inform child health policy," said lead researcher Dr. Christian Pulcini, a resident at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The reasons for the increase in chronic conditions aren't clear, but ... Read more

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