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Fat Collects in Lungs, Raising Asthma Risk

FRIDAY, Oct. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Excess weight is hard on the heart, but new research shows it may also harm your lungs.

The study found that higher amounts of fat collect in the airways of overweight and obese people, which may help explain why they're more likely to have wheezing and asthma.

In the study, the investigators analyzed lung samples donated by 52 peopl...

Three-Drug Inhaler May Be an Advance for Asthma Patients

TUESDAY, Oct. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new 3-in-1 asthma drug inhaler may provide better and easier control of symptoms for tough-to-treat patients, two new studies suggest.

The two phase 3 trials involved more than 2,500 asthma patients across 17 countries. Patients tested out an inhaler that contained three drugs: A steroid preventer to control inflammation; a long-acting bronc...

For Kids With Asthma, Depression Makes ER Visit More Likely

MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that anxiety and depression can make it hard for some kids to manage their asthma.

Young patients with all three conditions ended up in the emergency room nearly twice as often as kids who only struggle with asthma, the study found.

"Asthma self-management is complex, requiring recognition of symptoms, adheren...

Sick Americans Turning to Medical Pot for Help

FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans use marijuana to help them cope with an illness than just to get high, a new study finds.

Nearly 46% of those who use pot say they do so because of a medical condition, compared with 22% who say they use marijuana for recreation.

And only 36% of those with a medical problem say they use pot to get high, c...

Flavored E-Cigarettes May Make Asthma Worse

FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Black licorice, banana pudding and other flavored electronic cigarette liquids may make respiratory diseases like asthma worse, a new international study finds.

Vaping has surged in recent years, especially among young people. An estimated 9% of 18- to 24-year-olds use e-cigarettes in the United States.

The new study comes jus...

For Asthmatic Kids in Tough Neighborhoods, Family Is Key

THURSDAY, July 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Good family relationships may help buffer asthma's effects in children facing difficult neighborhood conditions, a new study says.

It's known that neighborhood environmental factors such as pollution and allergens can affect the wheezing and breathing children with asthma. But less has been known about the impact of social conditions such as...

Dirty Air Kills 30,000 Americans Each Year

THURSDAY, July 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite improved air quality since the 1990s, pollution still causes lung disease, heart attacks and strokes that kill more than 30,000 Americans each year, a new study estimates.

Researchers looked at concentrations of fine pollution particles known as PM2.5 across the country from 1999 to 2015. These tiny particles -- 30 times smaller than...

Cell Mapping Provides New Insights About Asthma

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In an effort to improve the lives of millions of people with asthma, researchers say they've completed the first mapping of lung and airway cells, which may lead to new therapies for the common lung condition.

The mapping reveals differences between airways in people with and without asthma, and in how lung cells communicate with one anoth...

Your Guide to a Healthier Home for Better Asthma Control

TUESDAY, June 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you or a family member has asthma, your doctor has most likely mapped out the steps you need to take to treat an asthma flare.

Creating a healthier home by minimizing your triggers can be as effective as medication for reducing symptoms and flares, according to a study from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Triggers include in...

Breathe Easier, New York City: Clean-Air Taxi Rules Are Working

WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Clean-air taxi rules in New York City increased cabs' fuel efficiency and reduced air pollution, a new study says.

Legislation introduced in 2006 required at least 9% of new medallions, or licenses, for yellow cabs be set aside for hybrid or compressed natural gas vehicles. It also encouraged companies to purchase low-emission taxis.

...

Cleaner Air Linked to Lower Asthma Rates in Kids

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution levels have been declining for years, and researchers can now show that cleaner air is linked to fewer kids developing asthma.

The new study looked at nine California communities. The researchers found that reductions in certain pollutants were tied to about a 20% reduction in the odds of children developing asthma, a chroni...

For Many With Mild Asthma, Popular Rx May Not Work: Study

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A widely used type of asthma medication may not work in more than half of patients who are prescribed it, new research shows.

Inhaled corticosteroids, which are designed to reduce airway inflammation, are recommended for all patients with persistent asthma.

But this medication's effectiveness may be limited to a type of inflammation ...

Summer Is Tough for Asthma Sufferers

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Summertime can bring asthma sufferers a lot of misery, but lung experts say watching for warning signs of breathing trouble can guard against serious complications.

"As the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health, we think it's crucial for people with asthma to know as much as they can about the disease," said Dr. D...

Many Kids With Chronic Illness Are Still Happy: Study

MONDAY, May 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many children deal with chronic health issues -- but it doesn't mean they can't enjoy life as much as other kids, a new study finds.

Researchers found that among more than 1,200 5- to 9-year-olds, those with some of the most common childhood ills were no less happy with their lives than other kids.

They said the findings highlight an i...

Asthma Inhalers Incorrectly Used by Most Kids in Study

TUESDAY, April 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Asthma inhalers can't do the job if they're not used correctly. And that's an issue for many children, U.S. researchers say.

"We know from past studies that both parents and children overestimate the ability of children to properly use their inhaler," said study author Dr. Anna Volerman, from the University of Chicago.

The study in...

Asthma Myths That Can Hurt You

TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even though asthma is common in the United States, there are many misconceptions about the respiratory disease, an allergy/immunology expert says.

"Asthma is a serious condition that affects more than 26 million Americans -- more than 8% of the population," Dr. Todd Mahr, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunolog...

Almost Half of Young Asthma Patients Misuse Inhalers

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many children with asthma don't use their inhalers properly and don't get a full dose of medicine, researchers report.

They evaluated inhaler use among 113 children between the ages of 2 and 16 who were hospitalized for asthma. Such patients are at highest risk for complications and death from asthma.

At least one crucial step in in...

Vehicle Exhaust Drives Millions of New Asthma Cases Annually

WEDNESDAY, April 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Traffic pollution causes about 4 million new asthma cases in children worldwide each year, new research shows.

Two-thirds of these kids live in urban areas, according to the study by researchers at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

"Our findings suggest that millions of new cases of pediatric asthma could be prev...

Poor Asthma Control Tied to Worse School Performance

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Kids with poorly controlled asthma struggle in school, especially those who are ethnic minorities, a new study reports.

Researchers evaluated asthma and allergy status, lung function and school performance of 216 black, Hispanic (Latino) and white children in a U.S. city.

Those with a greater number of daily asthma symptoms had more...

Generic Version of Popular Asthma Inhaler Wins FDA Approval

THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The first generic version of the widely used Advair Diskus inhaler for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.

This approval "is part of our longstanding commitment to advance access to lower cost, high-quality generic alternatives," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the ...

Does Fish Oil Help Control Asthma? Not So Much, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Fish oil did not improve asthma control in overweight/obese young people with uncontrolled disease, a new study shows.

It included 98 participants, aged 12 to 25, who had diagnosed asthma but poor asthma control, despite using a daily inhaled corticosteroid.

Three-quarters of the participants took four grams of fish oil a day for si...

Friends' Vaping Could Pose Danger to Kids With Asthma

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Add another danger that e-cigarettes pose to teenagers: A new study finds secondhand exposure to vaping may raise the chances of asthma attacks in adolescents with the respiratory condition.

Middle school and high school students with asthma were 27 percent more likely to have suffered an asthma attack if they'd been exposed to vapor from so...

Asthma Often Goes Undetected in Urban Teens, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For many city-dwelling teens with asthma, their chronic lung disease may go undiagnosed and untreated, a new study finds.

According to a survey of more than 33,000 New York City high school students, 20 percent reported having asthma-like symptoms, but were not diagnosed with the illness.

The researchers...

Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Harm an Asthmatic Child

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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.

A 'Hypoallergenic' Dog? You May Be Barking Up the Wrong Tree

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Do so-called hypoallergenic dogs really protect you against asthma?

Many dog-lovers believe it, but Swedish researchers found no evidence that "allergy-friendly" breeds -- such as poodles and miniature Schnauzers -- actually lower the risk for the wheezing lung disease.

Previous studies have shown that growing up with dogs can reduc...

Obesity Boosts Childhood Asthma Risk by 30 Percent

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 ...

Pets Can Double as Asthma Antidote

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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...

Climate Change Could Change the Ragweed Sneezin' Season

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you live in Maine and you've never experienced hay fever, new research predicts that climate change has an unwelcome surprise in store for you.

Warmer temperatures in the northern United States will allow ragweed -- the plant that triggers hay fever -- to flourish in areas it's never been before. About 35 years from now, the study predict...

Don't Blame Just Air Pollution for Asthma in Kids

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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...

Dirty Air Tied to Millions of Asthma ER Visits Each Year

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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....

Michael's Lingering Threat: Mold

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the flooding and devastation left by Hurricane Michael, Americans faced with the clean-up are facing a new health threat: mold.

Mold-related illnesses are a serious concern following severe flooding in the path of the storm, say experts from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

"Where there's dampness and water, ther...

Add Asthma to List of Possible Causes of Childhood Obesity

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 diagn...

Florence's Lingering Threat: Mold

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, residents of the Carolinas are facing a new health threat: mold.

Mold-related illnesses are a serious concern following severe flooding in North and South Carolina, say experts from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

"Where there's dampness and water, there's mold," said Paul...

Asthma-Obesity Link May Cut Both Ways

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 alrea...

Drug Slows Brain Shrinkage in Progressive MS

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A drug that has long been used in Japan for asthma may slow down brain shrinkage in people with progressive multiple sclerosis, a preliminary trial has found.

The study, published Aug. 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine, tested an oral drug called ibudilast. It is not approved in the United States, but has been used for years ...

Good News, Bad News in U.S. Breastfeeding Report

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most new mothers in the United States start out breastfeeding, but many stop sooner than recommended, a new federal government report says.

Of the nearly 4 million babies born in 2015, about 83 percent started out breastfeeding, but fewer than 36 percent were still breastfeeding at 12 months, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control a...

Women With Asthma More Likely to Develop COPD

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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, ...

Preschoolers' Parents May Be Unprepared to Treat Asthma

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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," explaine...

School Prep Includes Planning Allergy, Asthma Management

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Allergies and asthma can make the start of the new school year a challenge for kids who aren't prepared to deal with flare-ups, an allergist warns.

"Every age group is different in how much they can handle when it comes to protecting themselves from flare-ups due to allergies and asthma while at school, as well as s...

Can You Eat Your Way to Better Asthma Control?

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Need another reason to eat healthy? New evidence bolsters the notion that nutritionally rich foods might help prevent or minimize asthma.

While the study couldn't prove cause and effect, one asthma specialist said there's certainly no downside to eating better.

"The health benefits of a diet rich in plant foods and unprocessed foods ...

Walkable Neighborhoods Might Lower Kids' Asthma Risk

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children may be more likely to develop asthma if they live in neighborhoods where it's difficult to get around on foot, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 326,000 children in Toronto who were born between 1997 and 2003, and followed them until the ages of 8 through 15.

Twenty-one percent of the children de...

Think Twice About Tonsil, Adenoid Removal

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Having tonsils removed in childhood is supposed to end chronic earaches and breathing problems. But what if it also increases risk of respiratory infections?

"We found that long-term risks of diseases -- in particular respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases -- were substantially increased after surgery up to 30 years of age," said Sea...

Kids With Asthma Need a Flu Shot: Study

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An annual flu shot is key for children with asthma, a new study shows.

"We now know that if these kids get the flu, the risks are very high that emergency treatment for an asthma attack will fail," said study co-author and pediatrician Dr. Francine Ducharme.

"Instead of having an 18 percent risk of treatment failure, with flu their ri...

Asthmatic Teens Even More Likely to Vape Than Those Without the Illness

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Perhaps assuming that e-cigarettes are "safer" than tobacco, teens with asthma now vape at higher rates than those without the respiratory condition, new research shows.

However, "the use of products containing nicotine in any form among youths -- including electronic cigarettes -- is unsafe," said study author Keshia Reid, a senior environ...

Be Smart When It Comes to Spring Allergies and Asthma

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of things grow in the spring, including your risk of severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks. So people need to take preventive measures and know when to seek medical care, an emergency physician says.

"Spring tends to bring more people to the emergency department," Dr. Paul Kivela, president of the American College of Emergency Phys...

Fewer Antibiotics for Kids, But More ADHD Drugs

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American kids are taking fewer prescription medications these days -- but certain drugs are being prescribed more than ever, a new government study finds.

Researchers found that between 1999 and 2014, the percentage of children and teenagers who'd been given a prescription in the past 30 days dipped -- from almost 25 percent, to just under 22 ...

Exercises for Chronic Health Conditions

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can help prevent many chronic illnesses as well as make it easier to manage health conditions, from diabetes to joint pain.

In terms of prevention, aim for the recommended 150 minutes of exercise, like brisk walking or cycling, each week. Along with eating a healthy diet, this can cut your risk of diabetes by more than a third, plus ...

If Kids Exposed to Pot, Tobacco Smoke, ER Visits Rise

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Clouds of pot and cigarette smoke in a home make it more likely a young child will visit the emergency room or have an ear infection, researchers say.

Secondhand smoke from marijuana and tobacco increases a kid's odds of going to the ER, according to preliminary findings from a Colorado study.

"Those kids have an average of two-and-a-...

Preschool, Day Care Not Asthma Triggers: Study

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breathe easy, Mom and Dad. Sending your young children to preschool or day care probably won't increase their risk of developing asthma.

In fact, researchers report, it may help protect your kids against the respiratory disease.

Investigators at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) based that conclusion on an analysis ...

Spring Sneezin' Season Has Sprung

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you suffer from allergies, you already know that pollen is in the air -- even in the parts of the United States with unseasonably cool temperatures. So what kind of allergy season can we expect this year?

Will we see a return of the pollen vortex? Might we have a blooming bombogenesis of pollen?

Don't scoff: There is some evi...

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