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Mite-Proof Bedding May Help Curb Asthma Attacks: Study

Posted 17 days ago 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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City Tax on Cars Cut Pollution, Kids' Asthma Risk

Posted 20 days ago 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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Asthma Much More Lethal for Black Children, Study Finds

Posted 5 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 4, 2017 – Asthma attacks can prove deadly to kids, but a new study shows that black American children are six times more likely to die of the illness than their white or Hispanic peers. The gap in death rates "may imply a differential access to care" based on a family's race, said lead author Dr. Anna Chen Arroyo, in a news release from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. She is from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Arroyo was slated to present the findings Saturday at the academy's annual meeting in Atlanta. There is no cure for asthma, and it can be deadly if not properly controlled through proper diagnosis, medication and a management plan, the authors noted. One respiratory specialist agreed, and said kids everywhere are affected. "Asthma is a chronic condition which affects approximately 9 million children in the United States," said Dr. ... Read more

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Can Mom's Vitamin E Head Off Child's Asthma Risk?

Posted 5 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 4, 2017 – Kids born to moms with low levels of vitamin E might be more likely to develop asthma, new research suggests. When moms had low levels of a specific type of vitamin E measured right after birth, their children were more likely to develop wheezing and to have been treated with asthma medications in their first two years of life, the study found. "The major sources of vitamin E are oils" such as sunflower, safflower, corn, soy and canola oils, study lead author Dr. Cosby Stone said in a news release from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Stone said his team's previous research in mice had suggested the link between vitamin E and asthma. Stone is with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. "We hypothesized that maternal vitamin E levels, reflecting levels that the fetus encounters during pregnancy," would affect how kids ... Read more

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Wood Stoves May Spark Heart Trouble

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – It's still winter, and many people are firing up their wood stoves. But a new Canadian study suggests that pollution from wood-burning stoves may raise the risk of heart attack among older people living nearby. "This suggests that the source of pollution matters and that all particulate air pollution is perhaps not equally harmful when it comes to cardiovascular disease," said study author Scott Weichenthal, a professor at McGill University in Montreal. His team analyzed data from three small cities – Prince George, Kamloops and Courtenay/Comox – in British Columbia. The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but did find that higher levels of fine particulate air pollution from wood stoves may be tied to increased hospitalizations for heart attack. For example, during cold months, when pollution from wood stoves is highest, there was a 19 percent increase in ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dust Your Home Properly

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Dust can be more than a nuisance. People who are allergic to dust can have trouble breathing if too much of it gathers in one place. The Environmental Working Group recommends: Vacuum your home often. Make sure your vacuum is equipped with a HEPA filter. Regularly wet-mop floors that aren't carpeted. Use a damp cloth to wipe down electronics. Use a wet cloth (no cleaning products) or microfiber cloth to wipe down furniture. Buy furniture made of wood, or filled with wool, polyester or cotton. Use caulk to seal cracks where dust might settle. Use care dusting areas where kids crawl, sit and play. Use a quality air filter in your furnace or air conditioner. Change it often. Ask someone else to clean for you if you are allergic to dust. Read more

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Many Smokers Switch to E-Cigs After Tobacco-Related Illness

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 – Tobacco-related illnesses may lead some smokers to switch to electronic cigarettes, new research indicates. Smokers with breathing problems who can't quit altogether may perceive e-cigarettes as somewhat safer than tobacco cigarettes, the researchers said. "Smokers with asthma, COPD or cardiovascular disease probably use e-cigarettes for the same reasons as other adults: to quit cigarettes, reduce cigarette consumption, or reduce the harms from smoking," said lead investigator Dr. Gina Kruse. The finding stems from responses to the 2014 and 2015 U.S. National Health Interview Surveys. The back-to-back surveys involved roughly 70,000 respondents. "This large sample provides the first national estimates of the prevalence of e-cigarette use among U.S. adults with medical comorbidities [additional health conditions or illnesses]," said Kruse, an assistant professor ... Read more

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There's Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic Kids

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – Safe, healthy fun for kids with asthma may be as near as the neighborhood pool, one respiratory specialist says. Staying active can be a challenge for the more than 6 million children with asthma in the United States, noted Dr. Tod Olin. He's a pediatric pulmonary specialist at National Jewish Health in Denver. "It can be a dilemma for many families. All it takes is one asthma attack, and suddenly patients can become very tentative about overdoing it," he said in a hospital news release. "When it comes to cardio activities that are well-tolerated, swimming, specifically, is highly recommended, particularly in indoor swimming pools," Olin said. The high humidity in indoor swimming pools protects against asthma attacks by keeping airways open, he said. "We think that the way asthma attacks happen is that the airways dry out, and that sets off a cascade of ... Read more

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Low-Income Kids More Likely to Have ADHD, Asthma

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Children in families struggling to make ends meet are developing asthma and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at faster rates than kids from families with greater means, a new study finds. On the other hand, kids from wealthier families are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder more often than children in poorer homes. But that likely indicates that those parents have better access to the health care services that can uncover an autism diagnosis, the study authors said. The findings suggest that family income and access to health insurance play a large role in a child's physical and mental health, said lead researcher Dr. Christian Pulcini. He's a pediatrics resident with the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. "Children in poverty are more at risk for adverse health outcomes, and we need to keep that in mind when we make policy and ... Read more

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Can Air Pollution Heighten Alzheimer's Risk?

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – Air pollution may cause more than just lung disease: New research suggests that if tiny particles in the air from power plants and cars are inhaled, they might also invade the brain, increasing the risk for dementia. "Although the link between air pollution and Alzheimer's disease is a new scientific frontier, we now have evidence that air pollution, like tobacco, is dangerous to the aging brain," said study co-senior author Caleb Finch. He's with the University of Southern California's (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. For the study, the USC scientists collected samples of air particles with technology designed by university engineers. The researchers used the technology to expose female mice to air pollution. "Our state-of-the-art aerosol technologies, called particle concentrators, essentially take the air of a typical urban area and convert it to ... Read more

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Obamacare Boosted Coverage for the Chronically Ill, Study Finds

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – Millions of Americans with a chronic illness gained health insurance coverage after the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010, a new study reports. Insurance coverage among the chronically ill – people with heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and other long-term health problems – increased by about 5 percentage points after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a review of federal survey data found. That's a jump of about 4 million people, said study co-author Dr. Elisabeth Poorman. Repeal of the health care law – a top priority in Republican-controlled Washington, D.C. – could cost all of these people their insurance, said Poorman. She is an internist with Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Mass. "With just a repeal without a replacement, it's very likely all 4 million would lose coverage," said Poorman. "For these people, ... Read more

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Childhood Asthma May Encourage Obesity, Study Suggests

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 – A young child with asthma has a greater risk of obesity than one without the chronic respiratory condition, a new study suggests. Among nearly 2,200 elementary school students in California, researchers found that childhood asthma was linked to a 51 percent increased risk of obesity over the next 10 years. "I was surprised it was that substantial," said study senior author Dr. Frank Gilliland. He is a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. However, kids who used "rescue" inhalers were less likely to become obese compared to those who did not treat flare-ups, the investigators found. Prevalence of obesity and asthma has increased dramatically over the past several decades, and researchers suspect there's a biological connection between the two. Previous research has shown obese children ... Read more

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1 in 3 Adults Diagnosed With Asthma May Not Have It: Study

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Many adults who've been diagnosed with asthma may not actually have the respiratory disease, a new study suggests. Researchers in Canada said that of more than 600 adults diagnosed with asthma, one-third did not have the disease based on objective tests. Eighty percent of those people had been taking asthma drugs. That included 35 percent who were taking medication every day, the investigators found. Respiratory experts said the findings are worrying, considering the cost and side effects of asthma drugs. And it's not completely clear why so many patients with an asthma diagnosis did not really have the disease. There were some cases where people obviously had asthma when they were diagnosed, said lead researcher Dr. Shawn Aaron, a respiratory specialist at Ottawa Hospital, in Canada. But their symptoms later went into remission. In most cases, though, it could ... Read more

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