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Smart City Planning Can Cut Deadly Diseases, Improve Air Quality

Posted 1 day 6 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 – Cities that promote walking, bicycling and public transportation can expect a drop in chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, a new study suggests. The finding stems from an international study led by the University of Melbourne in Australia and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The goal: To see how city design – including street layout and access to shopping within walking distance – affects the environment and health in places like Boston; Copenhagen; Delhi, India; London and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Team members reported their findings Friday during a meeting at the U.N. General Assembly. The findings were also reported in the latest issue of The Lancet. "With the world's population estimated to reach 10 billion people by 2050, and three quarters of this population living in cities, city planning must be part of a comprehensive ... Read more

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Food Allergies Linked to Raised Risk of Asthma, Hay Fever

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 – Children with food allergies are at increased risk for asthma and hay fever, and the risk rises with the number of food allergies, new research shows. The study included information on nearly 363,000 children and teens. Half of the kids were white, and 40 percent were black. Between 7 and 8 percent had one food allergy. "For patients with an established diagnosis of food allergy, 35 percent went on to develop asthma," said study senior author Dr. Jonathan Spergel. He is chief of the division of allergy and immunology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "Patients with multiple food allergies were at increased risk of developing asthma as compared to those with a single food allergy," he added in a hospital news release. Just over one-third of patients with food allergy went on to develop hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, Spergel said. Those ... Read more

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Makeup of Germs in Newborn's Gut May Triple Allergy, Asthma Risk

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 – A relatively rare abnormality in the makeup of germs in an infant's gut may triple the risk for allergies and asthma in childhood, new research warns. Millions of bacteria and fungi can be found in everyone's gut, but the new study suggests that an out-of-whack combination of bugs, present in less than 10 percent of newborns, may undermine immune system function. The result: A much higher risk for allergies by 2 years of age and asthma by age 4, the researchers said. "Previous studies from the last couple of decades have suggested that bacteria in the baby's gastrointestinal tract might be associated with these conditions," explained co-senior study author Susan Lynch. She is director of the Colitis and Crohn's Disease Microbiome Research Core at the University of California, San Francisco. "However, they were only able with previous technology to evaluate a ... Read more

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New Biologic Drug Tackles Hard-to-Control Asthma

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 – A new injectable drug reduces flare-ups in patients with severe asthma that is not controlled by steroid inhalers alone, two new trials show. The drug, benralizumab, is a biologic that works by killing white blood cells called eosinophils. These are present in large numbers in such patients, and they have been linked to severe asthma. If approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, benralizumab would join two similar drugs – mepolizumab (Nucala) and reslizumab (Cinqair) – in fighting hard-to-control asthma, the researchers said. "We can offer patients who frequently require courses of oral corticosteroids and have a certain level of eosinophils [an allergy-related cell easily measured in the blood] a very effective treatment," said study author Dr. J. Mark FitzGerald. He is a professor of respiratory health at the University of British Columbia in ... Read more

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Cesarean Birth Linked to Risk of Obesity in Childhood

Posted 6 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 – Infants delivered by cesarean section may face a higher risk of becoming obese, a new study suggests. These babies had a 15 percent higher risk of becoming obese in childhood, compared with those born vaginally. The risk was even more pronounced within families, where children born by cesarean delivery were 64 percent more likely to become obese than their siblings who were born via vaginal delivery, the researchers said. "What makes our findings compelling and different from previous studies addressing this question is that this was also true when we compared siblings who differed in type of delivery – one was born by cesarean and the other by vaginal delivery – and when restricted to women without any known risk factors for having a cesarean, some of whom may have undergone an elective cesarean," said lead researcher Dr. Jorge Chavarro. He is an associate ... Read more

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Combo Drug for Childhood Asthma Appears Safe in Study

Posted 31 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 – Lingering safety concerns regarding an asthma drug for children may be put to rest by new clinical trial results showing the widely used medication is safe, according to a new report. Long-acting beta agonists (LABAs) provide short-term relief of asthma symptoms by relaxing and opening the airways. They're prescribed to child asthma sufferers in combination with an inhaled steroid drug to reduce airway inflammation, said study co-author Dr. Stanley Szefler. He is director of pediatric asthma research for the University of Colorado School of Medicine. "Together they have a dual purpose, one to reduce inflammation and the other to open up the airways to make it easier to breathe," Szefler said. But a 2008 analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration questioned the safety of LABAs, noting that some studies had found an increased risk of asthma-related ... Read more

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Health Tip: Reading the Label on OTC Medications

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Knowing how to properly use over-the-counter medications can help prevent serious reactions and interactions. Here's how to read labels, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians: The active ingredient, or ingredients, is the first thing on the label and it is the chemical that works to manage the symptoms. Uses, or indications, explain what conditions this medication can treat. Warnings provide safety information, including whether or not you should consult a doctor, side effects and what to avoid when you take this medication. Directions tell you how often to take a medicine and exactly how much to take. Other information explains other important details, such as storage recommendations. Inactive ingredients explain chemicals included that don't treat symptoms. This includes things such as binding agents or preservatives. Questions and comments provides information ... Read more

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Early Virus Raises Asthma Risk in Certain Kids: Study

Posted 26 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 – A common genetic variation significantly boosts the odds of asthma in children who've had a severe respiratory illness at a young age, researchers report. "Our findings suggest that genetic influences on asthma might be more pronounced in the context of early life environmental exposures, especially viral respiratory infections," said Dr. Rajesh Kumar, an allergist at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He is senior author of the new report. The study involved nearly 3,500 Hispanic children, aged 8 to 21, and a smaller number of black children. It focused on a variation of the Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) gene. PAI-1 is an enzyme that increases in the airways in response to viral illness, sometimes causing damage, the researchers explained. Asthma risk was 17 times higher among children with this variation who had a common illness called ... Read more

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Adult-Onset Asthma Might Raise Heart Risks

Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – People who develop asthma when they're adults may have another health issue to worry about: an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. That's the finding from research involving almost 1,300 adults, average age 47, none of whom had heart disease at the beginning of the study. Of the participants, 111 had been diagnosed with asthma as adults – also known as "late-onset" asthma. Fifty-five more people had been diagnosed with asthma as children. The health of all the participants was tracked for 14 years. Researchers led by Dr. Matthew Tattersall published their findings Aug. 24 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. They found that people with late-onset asthma were 57 percent more likely than those with early-onset asthma and those without asthma to suffer heart attack, stroke, heart failure, angina and heart-related death. Based on the ... Read more

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Kids With Mild Asthma Can Take Acetaminophen: Study

Posted 17 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – Acetaminophen does not worsen asthma symptoms in young children, a new study finds. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) are often used to treat pain and fever. Some previous research has suggested that frequent use of acetaminophen may worsen asthma in kids with the respiratory condition. To investigate, researchers studied 300 children between the ages of 1 and 5 with mild, persistent asthma, which is defined as having symptoms more than two days a week, but not daily. All of the children used daily inhaled treatments to manage their asthma. During the study, they received either acetaminophen or ibuprofen to treat pain or fever. The small percentage of kids whose asthma symptoms worsened was about the same with both medications, according to the study published in the Aug. 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The ... Read more

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Amish Lifestyle Brings Unexpected Benefit: Less Asthma

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 – It can't be easy living a 19th-century life in the midst of 21st-century technology, but new research suggests the Amish people have at least one distinct advantage over the rest of the population – much lower rates of asthma. "We found Amish children had extremely low levels of asthma and allergic sensitization. Their kids were pretty much protected from asthma and allergies," said study senior author Anne Sperling, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. That was particularly true when they were compared to the children of another dairy farming population, the Hutterites. Hutterites are similar to the Amish in many ways, except that the Hutterites use mechanical farming equipment. The Amish asthma rate is 5 percent; for Hutterite children, it's 21 percent, the study authors said. Overall, the childhood asthma rate in the United ... Read more

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4 Out of 5 Kids With Epilepsy Have Other Health Problems: Study

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – Nearly 80 percent of children who have the seizure disorder epilepsy also have other health conditions, such as digestive troubles and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a large Norwegian study finds. "Parents should be aware of the increased risk of [other] problems for their children," said study author Dr. Richard Chin. Epilepsy is a chronic seizure disorder. It is estimated that nearly 4 million people in the United States have epilepsy, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new study included health information on more than a million Norwegian children from 2008 through 2013. About 6,600 of the children had a diagnosis of epilepsy, the researchers said. The data showed that nearly four out of five children with epilepsy had at least one other health issue. These included medical, neurological, developmental or ... Read more

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Eczema's Effects More Than Skin Deep

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – People dealing with the itchy skin condition known as eczema may have other medical conditions to cope with as well, including heart disease, a dermatologist says. Eczema, which causes dry, red patches of skin and intense itchiness, affects an estimated one-quarter of children in the United States. And, as many as seven million adults also have eczema, Dr. Jonathan Silverberg said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "Although it affects the skin, eczema is not just skin-deep. This disease can have a serious impact on patients' quality of life and overall health, both physically and mentally," Silverberg said. He's assistant professor in dermatology, medical social sciences and preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Eczema has been linked to an increased risk of health conditions such as asthma, hay ... Read more

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Helping a Child Manage a Chronic Illness

Posted 21 Jul 2016 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 18 Jul 2016 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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