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Gene May Play Part in How Kids Respond to Asthma Meds: Study

April 22, 2015

WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve identified a gene that affects whether children with asthma respond to corticosteroids.
Corticosteroids are the most effective treatment for chronic asthma and acute asthma attacks, but some children don’t respond well to the drugs.
Researchers analyzed the genomes of 57 children with asthma, and found that the […]

Remote Amazon Tribe Members Have Greater Germ Diversity in Their Bodies

April 17, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a discovery that could eventually shed light on some diseases that plague modern society, a tribe in a remote part of the Amazon jungle in Venezuela appears to have the most diverse collection of bodily bacteria ever found.
The study suggests that modern living has […]

Asthma Rates Similar Among Black Children in Urban, Rural Areas: Study

April 9, 2015

THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Asthma rates are essentially identical among black children living in Detroit and rural Georgia, researchers report.
The finding challenges the common belief that living in a city boosts the chances of developing the respiratory condition, the study authors said.
Instead, poverty may be what increases asthma risk, the study results […]

Work-Related Asthma Affects Millions of U.S. Adults: CDC

April 9, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Wheezing and coughing on the job from work-related asthma is more common than you might think, according to a new U.S. health report.
Almost 16 percent of American adults with asthma either developed the condition on the job or have asthma symptoms made worse by conditions […]

Childhood Trauma May Raise Odds of Asthma

April 3, 2015

FRIDAY, April 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children who experience trauma such as divorce, death of a parent or domestic violence are more likely to develop asthma than other kids, new research suggests.
“We know that young children are susceptible to numerous adverse factors that they may be exposed to in the home environment, including […]

Could Household Bleach Raise Kids’ Risk for Flu, Other Infections?

April 2, 2015

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A ubiquitous cleaning agent in most American homes — bleach — might increase children’s risk for flu, tonsillitis and other infections, a European study suggests.
The effect was modest and the study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect. However, the researchers said that because millions of homes use bleach or products […]

Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare-Ups

March 27, 2015

By Nina FlanaganHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In obese people with asthma, weight-loss surgery has been linked to a significant reduction in serious asthma flare-ups, new research suggests.
“We found that risk of an emergency department visit or hospitalization for asthma exacerbation decreased by half after bariatric [weight-loss] surgery and remained significantly lower […]

Depression During Pregnancy Linked to Child’s Asthma Risk

March 9, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A child may face an increased risk of asthma if the child’s mother experienced depression during her pregnancy or she took an older antidepressant to treat her condition, new research suggests.
However, more than 80 percent of the women in the study who were prescribed antidepressants […]

Pneumonia in Early Childhood Tied to Higher Odds of Asthma

March 6, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children who contract pneumonia during the first three years of life appear to face a higher risk of developing asthma, new research suggests.
These findings raise concern that early childhood respiratory problems may have an enduring and negative impact on growing lungs.
“This supports the idea that […]

Cat, Dust Mite Allergies Linked to Childhood Asthma

February 23, 2015

MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Toddlers and preschoolers with cat and dust mite allergies may face an increased risk for asthma later in childhood, a preliminary study suggests.
The research included almost 500 children from Cincinnati. The youngsters had allergy skin prick tests for four common indoor allergens — cat, dog, cockroach and dust […]


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