Does Living Near a Fracking Site Make Asthma Worse?

July 18, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Living near fracking sites may make asthma worse for many of those who suffer from the respiratory condition, a new study suggests.
Fracking is a controversial process in which water, sand and chemicals are pumped deep into the ground at high pressure to extract hard-to-reach […]

Kids May Get a Surprising Health Benefit From Thumb-Sucking and Nail-Biting

July 11, 2016

If your kid’s nail-biting or thumb-sucking habit drives you nuts, you’ll be happy to hear that a new study suggests those habits may have a health benefit.

London’s Great Smog of 1952 Linked to Asthma Surge

July 8, 2016

FRIDAY, July 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — London’s Great Smog of 1952 might have affected the health of young children and unborn babies, resulting in thousands of additional cases of asthma, a new study contends.
“Our results suggest that the harm from this dreadful event over 60 years ago lives on today,” said the study’s leader, […]

Long Work Hours May Hurt Health—Especially for Women

June 22, 2016

Years of working long hours may help you climb the career ladder, but those hours may take a steep toll on your health.

Puerto Ricans’ Health Lags Behind Other Hispanics

June 17, 2016

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Among the 54 million Hispanic adults living in the United States, Puerto Ricans fare the worst when it comes to physical and mental ills, a new review finds.
Not only were Puerto Ricans more likely to be in worse health than non-Hispanic Americans, but they “were also generally more […]

Baby’s Healthy Gut Bacteria Could Be Altered by Antibiotics, Formula Feeding, and C-Section

June 16, 2016

When babies are born, the birth process covers their bodies with countless microbes that play crucial roles in their future health. But a new study suggests that these “microbiomes” are altered by cesarean births, antibiotics and formula feeding.

Certain Steroids Raise Risk for Serious Staph Infections

June 9, 2016

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People who use powerful drugs called systemic glucocorticoids are at higher risk for life-threatening staph blood infections, a new study finds.
The findings are “a reminder for clinicians to weigh carefully the elevated risk against the potential beneficial effect of glucocorticoid therapy,” said study lead author Dr. Jesper Smit, […]

Many Parents Ill-Informed About Kids’ Asthma Meds

May 31, 2016

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Only half of parents of children with asthma fully understand the use of their youngsters’ asthma medications, a new study finds.
A survey of parents of 740 children with probable persistent asthma found just 49 percent knew what kind of medication their child was prescribed and how often to […]

Asthma Symptoms Can Bloom in Springtime

May 27, 2016

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Asthma symptoms increase in spring, making it especially important for people with the lung disease to be aware of triggers and risk factors, an expert says.
“Asthma is a lifelong disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing,” said Dr. Linda Rogers, director of the clinical asthma program […]

Fewer Inhaled Steroids May Be OK for Asthmatic Children

May 27, 2016

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Inhaled steroid therapy is commonly used to treat asthmatic children with persistent, daily wheezing episodes.
However, a new study suggests that the powerful medicines may not be needed on a daily basis for kids whose wheezing occurs sporadically, such as when they catch a cold.
“It makes sense that these […]

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