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Plan an Allergy-Safe Halloween for Your Child

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Oct. 14, 2017 – Halloween's frights extend beyond goblins and ghouls if you're a child with food allergies or asthma. "You want Halloween to be scary for the right reasons – ghosts, goblins and witches – not allergies and asthma," said allergist Dr. Stephen Tilles, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "If you follow a few common-sense rules, you should be able to keep your kids safe and the party going without allergy and asthma symptoms," he said in an association news release. Here, Tilles offers parents tips on how to limit the risk of allergic reactions: Don't let children consume any candy that isn't clearly labeled for indications of potential allergens. Have them bring all goodies home for you to inspect, or drop off safe treats for your child with friends and at school. Does your child have asthma? Keep an inhaler on hand while ... Read more

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For City Kids With Asthma, Nearby Green Space Is Key

Posted 8 Sep 2017 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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New 'Biologic' Drug May Help Severe Asthma

Posted 6 Sep 2017 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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New Hope From Old Drugs in Fight Against Parkinson's

Posted 1 Sep 2017 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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Replace Coal With Solar Power to Save Money, Lives

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

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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Many Students Reluctant to Use Asthma Inhalers at School

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

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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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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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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Airway Differences May Explain Why Asthma Can Be More Serious for Blacks

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – Differences in airway inflammation may be one reason why black people with asthma are less responsive to treatment and more likely to die from the disease than white people, a new study suggests. Asthma is a chronic lung disease, and airway inflammation is a major component of asthma. The inflammation causes the airways to swell and become more sensitive, which eventually leads to symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. "Emerging evidence suggests that differences in airway inflammation can affect a patient's response to treatment, but whether the patterns of airway inflammation vary across race has, until now, been very unclear," said study corresponding author Dr. Sharmilee Nyenhuis. She's an allergy, asthma and immunology specialist at University of Illinois at Chicago. Blacks are two ... Read more

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Kids' Asthma Flareups Fall Off After No-Smoking Laws

Posted 9 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – In many U.S. communities that have adopted indoor smoking bans, fewer children need emergency asthma treatment, a new study finds. ER visits for childhood asthma attacks fell 17 percent overall in 20 metropolitan areas that prohibit smoking in public places such as restaurants and hotels, researchers found. The study doesn't confirm that the clean air laws directly boost lung health in kids. But, it makes a strong case, according to the researchers from Brown University, the University of Chicago Medical Center and Kansas University. "Combined with other studies, our results make it clear that clean indoor air legislation improves public health," study co-author Theresa Shireman said in a University of Chicago news release. She's a professor at the Brown School of Public Health. Study author Dr. Christina Ciaccio agreed. "Children are in a very unique situation ... Read more

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Study Sees Link Between Insomnia, Asthma

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Insomnia is common in adults with asthma and tied to worse asthma control and other health problems, a new study finds. University of Pittsburgh researchers found that 37 percent of adults with asthma also had significant insomnia. Those with insomnia had worse lung function. They also weighed more. And they tended to have lower incomes than those without insomnia, the study found. Insomnia was also linked to a reduced asthma-specific quality of life. People with asthma and trouble sleeping had more depression and anxiety symptoms, the study found. They also needed more asthma-related health care in the past year. The study was published in the journal Chest. Although the study wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship, the researchers suggested that their findings show that insomnia affects people with asthma. They also said that evaluation and ... Read more

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Mice May Be Key to Kids' Asthma Attacks at School

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Research investigating schoolchildren's asthma attacks has pointed to a tiny foe: mice. Allergens from the rodents can infiltrate the air, the study found, and may be a major cause of asthma attacks in the school environment. It's known that many different allergy triggers – from dust mites to mold to pet dander – can fuel children's asthma symptoms. But most research has focused on the triggers in kids' homes. "In this study, we've identified the school as an important factor, too," said researcher Dr. Wanda Phipatanakul, an allergy specialist at Boston Children's Hospital. That said, she stressed, the findings do not actually prove that schools' rodent problems were the cause of kids' symptoms. The next step, Phipatanakul said, is a study where schools will get air purifiers and "integrated pest management," to see if that improves students' respiratory ... Read more

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