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For City Kids With Asthma, Nearby Green Space Is Key

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – Living near a park can help reduce asthma symptoms among children who live in cities, researchers say. The new study included 196 inner-city children in Baltimore, aged 3 to 12 years, with persistent asthma. Some lived close to a park or other green space, while others were more than 0.6 miles away from one. The farther the children lived from a park, the more asthma symptoms they had over a two-week period, the study found. For every 1,000 feet between their home and a park, children had symptoms one extra day. Kids who lived next to a park averaged five days with symptoms over two weeks. A child who lived 1,000 feet from the park averaged six days with symptoms, according to the study scheduled to be presented Sept. 11 at a European Respiratory Society meeting in Milan, Italy. "Living in a city environment increases the risk of childhood asthma, and factors ... Read more

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Be Cautious Going Home After Hurricane Harvey

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – As people return to flood-affected homes in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, they need to take precautions to stay safe and healthy, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) says. The massive storm left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in southeast Texas flooded and about 50,000 people displaced. Each year, there are more than 150 flood-related deaths in the United States and many of those deaths occur from electrocution, carbon monoxide poisoning or other accidents when residents return to flooded homes. In such situations, electricity and gas should be turned off immediately to avoid shocks and gas leaks, the ATS advised. All mud and water that has entered the home should be considered contaminated. Wear protective equipment such as masks, gloves and glasses until cleanup is complete. Soiled or saturated porous materials such as carpets and furniture ... Read more

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New 'Biologic' Drug May Help Severe Asthma

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – A "biologic" drug in development to treat severe asthma reduces the rate of serious attacks by about two-thirds compared to a placebo drug, according to preliminary research findings. If approved, the drug, tezepelumab, could join a group of costly medications that appear to offer relief when nothing else curbs respiratory distress. "A new era has begun in which many new drugs are being developed for patients with severe asthma," said Dr. Elisabeth Bel, a professor of respiratory medicine at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. "Similar to what has happened for rheumatoid arthritis, I expect that in a few years effective treatments will be available for almost all patients with severe asthma," said Bel, author of a commentary accompanying the new study. The new research was funded by the drug's developers, Amgen and MedImmune, a subsidiary of ... Read more

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Chronic Illness Can Plunge Young Adults Into Despair

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – Young adults with chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes are more than three times as likely to try to kill themselves as their healthy peers, a new Canadian study suggests. They're also 28 percent more likely to think of suicide and 134 percent more likely to have plans to do so. "Evidence suggests risk for suicide attempts is highest soon after young people are diagnosed with a chronic illness," said lead researcher Mark Ferro, a professor in the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. "There is a critical window of opportunity for prevention and continued monitoring." The researchers also found that young people are more likely to have a mental disorder when they suffer from a chronic illness, although it's not clear if one causes the other. Still, "having a chronic illness may increase the risk for the development of psychiatric ... Read more

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New Hope From Old Drugs in Fight Against Parkinson's

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – Scientists have found early hints that compounds in certain asthma drugs might be able to combat Parkinson's disease. The researchers cautioned that their findings are only a first step. Much more work is needed before they can lead to any new treatment for Parkinson's. The compounds are known as beta-2 adrenergic agonists, and they are mainly found in drugs that treat asthma and certain other lung conditions by dilating the airways. They include medications such as albuterol (ProAir, Ventolin) and metaproterenol. The new study, published Sept. 1 in Science, found that the compounds appear to dampen activity in a gene implicated in Parkinson's disease. "We think this is an exciting potential pathway to developing new treatments for Parkinson's," said senior researcher Dr. Clemens Scherzer. He's a neurologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical ... Read more

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Health Tip: Back to School for Kids with Asthma

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If your child has asthma, it's important to start the school year with an up-to-date asthma action plan. The American Lung Association suggests what to do: Schedule a check-up with your child's doctor. During the visit, discuss the effectiveness of all asthma meds and doses. Make sure the school nurse, teachers, coaches and anyone else who assists with your child's care has a copy of the action plan. Assess your child's ability to self-carry medication. Read more

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Nearly 4 Million Worldwide Die Each Year From Asthma, COPD

Posted 17 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 – Two major chronic lung diseases – asthma and COPD – kill nearly 4 million people worldwide annually, a new report finds. The study calculates that 3.2 million people died in 2015 from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) – a group of lung conditions that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, often tied to smoking. Asthma caused another 400,000 deaths, the report found. While asthma is more common, COPD is much more deadly. And while both conditions can be treated, many people remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. In addition, in many countries, treatment – if it exists at all – may be at insufficient levels, the research team added. "Although much of the burden [from these illnesses] is either preventable or treatable with affordable interventions, these diseases have received less attention than other prominent non-communicable diseases like ... Read more

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Health Tip: Childhood Obesity Can Trigger Adult Problems

Posted 9 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- About a third of people aged two to 19 are considered overweight or obese, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says. And the negative health effects of packing too many pounds may carry well beyond childhood, the academy warns. Examples include: sleep apnea, asthma and psychological problems. So what can parents do? Here's what the AAOS recommends: Keep kids active for at least 35 minutes per day. Be a role model. Don't expect your child to exercise while you're camped in front of the television. Include exercise in the entire family's daily routine. Promote active chores, such as raking leaves, painting or walking the dog. Limit video games to those that require kids to dance, hop, "play a sport" or move in some way. Read more

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Health Tip: Learn Your Risk for Asthma

Posted 27 Jul 2017 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 14 Jul 2017 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 10 Jul 2017 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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