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 […]

Whooping Cough Shot Safe for Pregnant Women

May 23, 2016

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The whooping cough vaccine is safe for pregnant women, a new study indicates.
The researchers also found the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, which protects against whooping cough, is critical for the health of newborns that are particularly vulnerable to the illness.
“Our study adds to the growing body of evidence […]

Many Smokers Have COPD Symptoms, Without Diagnosis

May 18, 2016

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Many smokers have symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) even before they’ve been diagnosed with the lung condition, according to a new study.
Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, coughing, difficulty exercising and history of asthma. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United […]

Drug Protects Lung Function in Kids With Sickle Cell: Study

May 18, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Children with sickle cell disease may breathe easier when they’re given hydroxyurea — an effective, but underused, drug for the disease, new research suggests.
In a study of 94 young people with sickle cell, researchers found that hydroxyurea helped slow the decline in lung function that […]

COPD Discovery Might Improve Treatment

May 15, 2016

SUNDAY, May 15 2016 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve found a new way to predict how chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will progress, a discovery they believe could improve COPD treatment.
Their research might help doctors determine which patients are less likely to respond to standard treatment and are at higher risk for disease advancement, the […]

Many COPD Patients Have Trouble Finding Care

May 13, 2016

FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease face high out-of-pocket costs and other significant barriers to adequate medical care, a new report finds.
“This report reveals a real patchwork of care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” the report’s lead author, Dr. Meilan Han, said in a news […]

Severe Asthma in Childhood Linked to COPD Risk Later

May 12, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Though many children with persistent asthma get better as they get older, some may go on to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in early adulthood, a new study suggests.
People with the poorest lung function and reduced lung growth are most at risk for […]

Do You Know the ‘Hidden’ Signs of Asthma?

May 11, 2016

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — While most people know that wheezing is a sign of asthma, far fewer realize that trouble sleeping or a persistent cough may also be symptoms of the airway disease, a new survey shows.
Those findings may help explain why many adults don’t realize they have the disease and don’t […]

Too Many People Still Take Unneeded Antibiotics: Study

May 3, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Nearly one-third of the antibiotics prescribed in the United States aren’t appropriate for the conditions being treated, a new federal government study shows.
“We were able to conclude that at least 30 percent of the antibiotics that are given in doctors’ offices, emergency departments and hospital-based […]

Temporarily Turning Blue Sometimes Normal for Babies, Doctors Say

April 25, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — It’s a heart-stopping moment experienced by many parents — they discover their baby has turned blue, is breathing irregularly, or won’t respond to a gentle wake-up nudge. Yet, mere seconds later the infant is back to normal.
Fortunately, these events are less dire than one might […]


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