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Health Tip: Learn Your Risk for Asthma

Posted 2 minutes ago by Drugs.com

-- Asthma can begin at any age, but it usually starts in childhood. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says risk factors for developing asthma include: Having frequent respiratory infections and wheezing. Having a parent with asthma. Having allergies. Having eczema. Being a boy or an adult woman. Working in an environment with dust and chemicals. Read more

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Asthma Control Essential in Pregnancy, Study Suggests

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – Children whose mothers had uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy are at increased risk of developing the disease at a young age, a new study finds. The findings suggest that "maintaining asthma control during pregnancy is an area for possible prevention of asthma in future generations," lead author Xiaoqin Liu said. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 7,200 children in Denmark who were born to mothers with active asthma during pregnancy. Those born to mothers who had mild controlled asthma were less likely to be diagnosed with asthma at an early age than those whose moms had mild uncontrolled asthma, moderate-to-severe controlled asthma, or moderate-to-severe uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy, the study found. The study was published online July 13 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Air Quality is Poor

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Poor air quality is a serious issue for people with breathing problems, such as asthma. When air quality is poor, the National Weather Service suggests: If you're exercising outdoors, make your routine less strenuous than usual Take more frequent breaks. And shorten the length of your workout. Move planned outdoor activities to another day or indoors. If that's not possible, schedule activities in the morning, when air quality generally is better. Read more

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Could a Sweet Tooth in Pregnancy Spur Allergies in Kids?

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – Bingeing on chocolate, pastries and soda during pregnancy might have an unintended downside – setting kids up for asthma and allergies, new research suggests. The study of more than 9,000 mother-child pairs in Britain can't prove cause-and-effect. However, the researchers found that children born to the 20 percent of mothers with the highest sugar intake during pregnancy were 38 percent more likely to have an allergy by the age of 7, and 73 percent more likely to have two or more allergies. The children were assessed at age 7 for common allergies such as dust mites, cat and grass. Compared to children born to women in the lowest category of sugar intake, these kids also had double the odds for allergic asthma, the researchers found. The British team stressed that the association remained even after they factored out the kids' own daily sugar intake. "We cannot ... Read more

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Vitamin D Unlikely to Reduce Risk of Asthma, Allergies or Eczema

Posted 9 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – Vitamin D supplements aren't likely to reduce the risk of asthma, allergies or the skin condition eczema in children or adults, a new study finds. Previous research had suggested that low vitamin D levels were linked with these "atopic" conditions. For the new study, Canadian researchers analyzed data from more than 100,000 people to determine if this was true. The investigators found no statistically significant differences in rates of asthma, allergies or eczema between people with low or normal levels of vitamin D. The results were published online May 9 in the journal PLoS Medicine. "Our findings suggest that previous associations between low vitamin D and atopic disease could be due to spurious associations with other factors," lead study author Despoina Manousaki said in a journal news release. Manousaki is a doctoral student at Lady Davis Institute, the ... Read more

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Testosterone May Protect Men From Allergic Asthma

Posted 9 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – Testosterone – the male sex hormone – may be the reason why so many more women have asthma than men, new research suggests. The study found that testosterone suppresses an immune system cell involved in allergic asthma. Allergic asthma is an inflammatory condition that causes the airways to swell, making it hard to breathe. The swelling and inflammation is triggered by an allergic reaction. Before puberty, the condition is more common among boys than girls. Afterwards, however, it is twice as prevalent and more severe among women than men, the researchers explained. "There is a very interesting clinical observation that women are more affected and develop more severe asthma than men, and so we tried to understand why this was happening," said study leader Cyril Seillet, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia. The international team of ... Read more

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Take Control of Your Asthma

Posted 7 May 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 6, 2017 – Many resources can help people with asthma manage triggers and symptoms, an allergist says. "It's time to make people aware of useful tools to help control asthma," said Dr. Stephen Tilles, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). People sometimes think their asthma is under control when it really isn't, Tilles said in a college news release. The ACAAI offers the following advice: The "Rule of Twos" is a handy gauge for patients. Signs that your asthma is not under control: You have asthma symptoms or use an inhaler more than twice a week; you wake up at night with symptoms more than twice a month; or you refill your quick-relief medication more than twice a year. These are other signs: You have unusual or hard-to-diagnose symptoms; have had a life-threatening asthma attack or have been hospitalized; or have hay fever or sinus ... Read more

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Many Students Reluctant to Use Asthma Inhalers at School

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – The thought of having to pull out an inhaler in the middle of school might stop some kids with asthma from breathing better, a study of British schoolchildren suggests. An online survey of almost 700 students with asthma showed that nearly 50 percent reported poor asthma control. With asthma, the lungs and airways become inflamed when exposed to triggers that can include pollen, catching a cold or having a respiratory infection. Childhood asthma can interfere with play, sports, school and sleep. Unmanaged asthma can cause dangerous asthma attacks. Inhalers that contain short- and long-acting medications can help keep those attacks from happening, the study authors noted. But the survey found that more than 42 percent of schoolchildren with a short-acting beta agonist inhaler said they didn't feel comfortable using it at school. In addition, more than 29 percent ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Asthma Doesn't Improve

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you've followed your asthma treatment plan without improvement, it's time to have a conversation with your doctor. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests asking: If you could have another illness with similar symptoms. Your doctor may perform additional tests. If there is something environmental that's triggering your symptoms, such as dust mites, animal dander, mold or exercise. If your symptoms worsen at work, what might be responsible? If you should try a different medication. Read more

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4 in 10 Americans Still Breathe Dirty Air

Posted 19 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Air quality in the United States is improving overall, but not enough for the nearly 40 percent of Americans who live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution. That's the conclusion of the American Lung Association's annual report, which shows that 125 million Americans were exposed to high levels of either ozone or particle pollution in 2013-15. This puts them at risk for premature death and other serious health threats such as lung cancer, asthma attacks, cardiovascular damage, and developmental and reproductive problems, the report said. "This year's 'State of the Air' report is a testament to the success of the Clean Air Act, which has reduced air pollution in much of the nation," Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, said in a news release from the organization. "As a result, Americans' lung health is far better ... Read more

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Mite-Proof Bedding May Help Curb Asthma Attacks: Study

Posted 10 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Children with asthma have fewer flare-ups when their beds have mite-proof covers, a new study suggests. Dust mites are one of the most common asthma triggers. The study included 284 children in England with asthma and dust mite allergy. Their mattresses and pillows were encased with mite-proof or placebo covers. They were tracked for a year. During that time, about 29 percent of the kids with mite-proof covers had a severe flare-up that led to a hospital visit, compared to about 42 percent of the other kids. Children with protective bedding also went much longer before having a flare-up that led to an emergency room visit or hospital stay for treatment with systemic corticosteroids. But they did not have a significantly lower risk of flare-ups that were treated outside the hospital with only an oral corticosteroid. The researchers said the bedcovers may not ... Read more

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Banishing Asthma-Inducing Mice Allergens on the Cheap

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – Professional pest management may not be needed to control asthma in kids with a mouse allergy, researchers say. Mice are a common cause of asthma flare-ups in low-income urban neighborhoods, according to prior research. In this new study, scientists found that teaching families how to reduce mice allergens on their own can help control children's asthma symptoms about as well as paying an outside expert to do the job. "Our findings suggest that giving families good instructions about how to reduce the mouse allergens that trigger asthma in their children may be enough to get the job done and, consequently, improve asthma symptoms," said study lead author Dr. Elizabeth Matsui. She's a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. About 7 million children in the United States have asthma – a chronic lung disease that ... Read more

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City Tax on Cars Cut Pollution, Kids' Asthma Risk

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – A tax designed to reduce mid-city traffic in Stockholm, Sweden, was tied to a reduction in asthma attacks in children, a new study suggests. "The key takeaways of this paper are that health gains can be realized through efforts to lower air pollution, and that we need to be patient in waiting for the complete picture to emerge," said study author Emilia Simeonova, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. After Stockholm introduced the "congestion tax" as an experiment in 2006 to discourage people from driving in the center of the city, traffic flow got better and air pollution levels fell by 5 to 10 percent. The tax was made into law in 2007. The tax costs drivers the U.S. equivalent of $2.60 when they drive in certain areas of the city at congested times of the workday. The tax is collected through scanners that gather license plate ... Read more

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Obesity May Raise Girls' Risk of Asthma, Allergies

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Obese girls may face a significantly higher risk for developing allergies, a new study suggests. But the researchers found the opposite was true for obese boys: They may actually face a slightly diminished risk for asthma, food allergies and eczema when compared to normal-weight boys. "We found a direct increase in the number of atopic [allergic] diseases associated with obesity in urban female children and teenagers, but not in males," said study co-author Dr. Sairaman Nagarajan. He's a resident physician in the department of pediatrics at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City. "These results were highly significant, even after adjusting for the effects of age and race," he said. Nagarajan and his colleagues were scheduled to present their findings Monday at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), in Atlanta. ... Read more

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Secondhand Smoke Linked to Food Allergies in Kids

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Exposure to secondhand smoke in the first few weeks of life could boost the risk that kids will develop food allergies, a new study suggests. "Early life exposure to secondhand smoke is a well-established risk factor for asthma and, in some studies, for allergic sensitization and eczema in children," said study co-author Anna Bergstrom. She is from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. "However, no studies have prospectively looked at its impact on the risk of pediatric food-related symptoms," Bergstrom said in a news release from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). In the new study, researchers followed the health of almost 3,800 Swedish children between 1994 and 1996. Researchers followed the kids' health until they were 16. The researchers periodically surveyed the parents about whether or not kids showed any signs of food allergies. ... Read more

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