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Allergy and Asthma Sufferers Beware as Holiday Season Kicks In

November 21, 2015

SATURDAY, Nov. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There are a number of steps people with allergies and asthma can take to deal with the challenges they may face over the holidays, an expert says.
“Two-thirds of allergy sufferers have symptoms year-round, so it’s not just a matter of the first freeze hitting and your symptoms disappearing,” […]

Certain Antibiotic Might Combat Children’s Wheezing Episodes

November 17, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Quickly clobbering a cold with a certain antibiotic might help kids who are prone to severe respiratory tract infections, a new study suggests.
Doctors generally are advised not to prescribe antibiotics for routine viruses like the common cold. But for especially vulnerable children, one antibiotic in […]

Prescription Drug Use on the Rise in U.S.

November 3, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More Americans than ever are taking prescription drugs and they’re using more of them, a new study finds.
Fifty-nine percent of adults used prescription drugs in 2011-2012, up from 51 percent in 1999-2000. And 15 percent of them took five or more prescription drugs, an […]

How the Family Dog Might Lower Kids’ Asthma Risk

November 2, 2015

Exposure to dogs or farm animals early in life appears to reduce a child’s risk of developing asthma, a new study shows.

‘Green’ Public Housing May Help Families Breathe Easier

October 20, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Low-income families living in “green” public housing may have fewer problems with asthma and other respiratory conditions, a new study finds.
Researchers found that children living in Boston’s newer, greener public housing had fewer asthma attacks, hospital visits and missed school days, compared with their peers […]

Gut Bacteria Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids

September 30, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The presence of four types of gut bacteria in infancy may reduce a child’s risk for asthma, Canadian researchers report.
Most infants get these bacteria naturally from the environment. But some babies are given antibiotics that kill these bacteria, and some are not exposed to them […]

Kids May Be More Likely to Get Asthma if Grandma Smoked While Pregnant: Study

September 29, 2015

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children whose grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk for asthma, even if their own mothers did not smoke, a new study suggests.
It’s known that smoking can cause changes in gene activity. The new study findings suggest that those changes can be passed down through more than […]

Secondhand Smoke May Double Risk of Hospitalization for Kids With Asthma

September 24, 2015

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to secondhand smoke puts children with asthma at nearly double the risk of winding up in the hospital, a new analysis reveals.
For these kids, secondhand smoke can worsen symptoms and make their condition more difficult to control. So parents need to be aware of these additional risks, […]

Add Asthma, Allergy Plans to Your Back-to-School List

August 1, 2015

SATURDAY, Aug. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If your child has asthma or allergies, make sure his or her teacher, principal and school nurse know about it as part of your back-to-school planning, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) recommends.
“More than 10 million kids under age 18 have asthma, and one in […]

Smog Threatens Visitors to U.S. National Parks: Report

July 31, 2015

FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Air pollution afflicts many national parks across the United States, a new study suggests.
Air quality in some of the parks is as bad or worse than in some major cities because of pollution from sources such as coal-fired power stations, the National Parks Conservation Association says in a […]


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