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Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Harm an Asthmatic Child

Posted 17 days ago by

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 – A 6-year-old boy with severe asthma wasn't responding to the usual treatments. It was only when family members stopped smoking marijuana at home that his breathing got better, according to his doctor. The boy's case shows that exposure to secondhand pot smoke can worsen asthma in children who have a marijuana allergy, a new study reports. The child's relatives ...

Obesity Boosts Childhood Asthma Risk by 30 Percent

Posted 26 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 – The wheezy lung disease asthma is yet one more problem linked to excess weight in childhood, a new study suggests. The research contends that as many as 10 percent of pediatric asthma cases in the United States could be avoided if childhood obesity were eliminated. "There are very few preventable risk factors for asthma – obesity may actually be the only one. About 6 to ...

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 ...

FDA Approves Newly Formulated OTC Primatene Mist (epinephrine) to Treat Mild Asthma

Posted 9 Nov 2018 by

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., Nov. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMPH) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval of its New Drug Application (NDA) for Primatene Mist (epinephrine inhalation aerosol bronchodilator suspension), which is delivered by a metered dose inhaler (MDI) with a non-chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) ...

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 ...

Are Generics as Good as Brand-Name Drugs?

Posted 24 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 – Generics make up 80 percent of drug prescriptions filled in the United States and are a big cost savings for consumers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandates that they perform the same way and are as safe and effective as brand-name drugs. However, makers of generics don't have to repeat the clinical trials done on the originals. To be approved by the FDA, a ...

FDA Approves Dupixent (dupilumab) for Moderate-to-Severe Asthma

Posted 23 Oct 2018 by

PARIS and TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Oct. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN) (NYSE: SNY) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Dupixent® (dupilumab) as an add-on maintenance therapy in patients with moderate-to-severe asthma aged 12 years and older with an eosinophilic phenotype or with oral corticosteroid-dependent asthma. Dupixent inhibits the overactive signaling of ...

Making Halloween Less Scary for Teens With Allergies, Asthma

Posted 22 Oct 2018 by

SATURDAY, Oct. 20, 2018 – Teens with allergies and asthma can enjoy Halloween as long as they take precautions, an allergist says. "There's no reason a teen with allergies should have to miss anything," said Dr. Bradley Chipps, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Teens usually know the drill when it comes to handling their food allergies, seasonal allergies or ...

White House Wants Prices in Drug Ads, But Big Pharma Fights Back

Posted 15 Oct 2018 by

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – In an attempt to head off federal regulation, America's pharmaceutical manufacturers announced Monday that they would take voluntary action to make drug prices more transparent. Under the industry's plan, all TV drug advertisements would include information directing consumers to online resources that provide the drug's list price, estimated out-of-pocket costs for ...

Add Asthma to List of Possible Causes of Childhood Obesity

Posted 14 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 – Children with asthma are at increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests. Obesity is widely regarded as a risk factor for asthma, but these new findings suggest the reverse is true, too, according to the researchers. The study authors analyzed data from more than 21,000 children in nine European countries who were diagnosed with asthma at ages 3 to 4 years ...

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 ...

Asthma-Obesity Link May Cut Both Ways

Posted 16 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 – Doctors have long known that obesity increases the risk for developing asthma, but new research suggests the opposite also may be true. Scientists in Spain found that people with asthma are at greater risk for obesity, particularly those who develop the condition as adults and those diagnosed with asthma without allergies. "We already know that obesity can be a trigger ...

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 ...

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