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Asthma Control Essential in Pregnancy, Study Suggests

Posted 6 days ago by

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 days ago by

-- 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 14 days ago by

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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Even at Low Levels, Dirty Air Raises Death Risk for U.S. Seniors

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – Air pollution may shorten the lives of American seniors, even in areas where levels fall below national safety standards, new research indicates. Although it's possible that factors other than air pollution are responsible for the increase in premature deaths among older adults, study co-author Francesca Dominici said the findings are "bulletproof evidence of increased risk of deaths due to polluted air in the U.S. "Make no mistake. We need to strengthen, not weaken, [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] air pollution standards," said Dominici, a professor of biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "We need to increase, not reduce, the EPA research funding." The investigators launched their research to determine whether pollution levels considered to be acceptable might still be hazardous to human health. "There is extensive ... Read more

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Climate Change May Up Asthma Irritant, Study Says

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Climate change may increase people's exposure to an outdoor fungus that can damage airway cells, leading to a rise in asthma and allergy symptoms, a new study contends. The widespread fungus, called Alternaria alternata, produces spores in the dry, warm weather of late summer and early fall, said the researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Previous research has shown that the fungus produces up to three times more spores when atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are high. Rising CO2 emissions are thought to contribute to climate change. In some people, exposure to the spores can trigger allergy symptoms and asthma, the researchers explained. For this study, the research team exposed cells from the linings of human airways to Alternaria and found it produced more cell damage. They warned that climate change might ... Read more

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Replace Coal With Solar Power to Save Money, Lives

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Replacing coal with solar power would save American lives and money, according to a new study. "If we're rational and we care about American lives – or even just money – then it's time to end coal in the U.S.," said study co-author Joshua Pearce. He is an associate professor of materials science and electrical engineering at Michigan Technological University. Tens of thousands of Americans die early due to health issues linked to air pollution. Michigan Tech researchers calculated the human toll of burning coal along with the possible benefits of switching to solar power. They analyzed regional electric costs and calculated the number of U.S. deaths per kilowatt hour each year for coal as well as solar power. They also estimated the potential return on investment of solar installations using U.S. Department of Energy data. The study found that if the United ... Read more

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Could Cancer Drug Gleevec Help With Severe Asthma?

Posted 19 May 2017 by

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – A leukemia drug might also effectively treat severe asthma, a small-scale clinical trial suggests. Gleevec (imatinib) reduced the "twitchiness" of airways, making them less likely to reflexively constrict when exposed to an allergen or asthma trigger, said senior researcher Dr. Elliot Israel. "We showed we could decrease the amount of airway twitchiness by a third," Israel said. "That's a substantial change, and that was significant compared with the placebo group." Israel is director of the respiratory therapy department at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The drug also improved overall airway function, an effect researchers hadn't expected, Israel said. People whose severe asthma isn't controlled despite use of high-dose steroid medications are at risk of declining lung function and poor quality of life, the researchers said in background notes. But, ... Read more

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Obamacare a Win-Win for Poorer Adults: Study

Posted 18 May 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – Low-income Americans have gained access to medical care and improved their health under the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansions, a new study says. "With Congress debating major changes to the Affordable Care Act, especially for people on Medicaid and with pre-existing conditions, it's critical for policymakers to understand what's at risk. Our study shows that the ACA continues to improve medical care and health among low-income patients and those with chronic illnesses," said study author Benjamin Sommers. He's an associate professor of health policy and economics at Harvard University's School of Public Health. The researchers found that people who obtained health coverage under Medicaid or through the federal insurance marketplace had reduced out-of-pocket spending, better access to primary care and preventive services, and improved self-reported ... Read more

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

Posted 9 May 2017 by

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

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

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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Thunderstorms Can Trigger Asthma Flares, Study Finds

Posted 1 May 2017 by

MONDAY, May 1, 2017 – Rain often helps people with allergies or allergic asthma by bringing pollen to the ground. But a new study says that's not necessarily the case with thunderstorms, which may actually trigger asthma outbreaks. For example, a 2016 thunderstorm asthma outbreak in Australia occurred when high grass pollen concentrations were dispersed by strong winds. This resulted in multiple deaths and a surge of people seeking medical help for breathing problems. The authors of the new study explained that rainfall and high humidity rupture pollen particles. Thunderstorm electrical activity further fragments the particles. And strong winds can spread pollen ahead of the storm. A combination of several of these factors can lead to asthma outbreaks. "Thunderstorm asthma is a very complex phenomenon and involves interactions of allergens like grass pollens, thunderstorms and ... Read more

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Summer Camp Prep for Kids With Allergies, Asthma

Posted 1 May 2017 by

SATURDAY, April 29, 2017 – Heading to summer camp for the first time is always a little unnerving. But for a child with allergies or asthma, there are special concerns. For these children, a few precautions can make summer camp a safe and fun experience, said Dr. Stephen Tilles, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "Summer camp is often a child's first big activity away from home – whether it's a day or overnight camp," Tilles said in a college news release. "And every kid should have the opportunity to spread their wings and try something new without worrying about their health," he added. Tilles offered the following tips: Talk with camp staff to find out how physically active children will be, how meals are handled, and how the camp will respond if your child has a medical emergency. Outline your expectations, such as how you want your child's ... Read more

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Many Students Reluctant to Use Asthma Inhalers at School

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by

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

-- 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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