|Combo Therapy Best for COPD: Study
Combo Therapy Best for COPD: Study TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination drug therapy aimed at opening the airways and reducing inflammation appears to be the best treatment for older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), especially those with asthma, a new study finds. COPD patients who received a combination of long-acting beta agonists and inhaled corticosteroids were less likely to die or require hospitalization because of their breathing disorder, compared to...
Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids
Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure in the womb to household chemicals known as phthalates might increase a child's future risk of developing asthma, Columbia University researchers reported in a new study. Children had nearly an 80 percent increased risk of developing asthma between age 5 and 11 if their mothers were exposed during pregnancy to high levels of two phthalates (pronounced thal-ates), the researcher...
Few Students With Asthma, Allergies Have School Emergency Plan
Few Students With Asthma, Allergies Have School Emergency Plan FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too few students with asthma and food allergies have emergency plans in place at school, which can leave the schools inadequately prepared in a health crisis, a new survey finds. Just half of students with food allergies and only one in four kids with asthma have emergency action plans in place at their school to help manage serious reactions, according to researchers at Northwestern University. The...
Smoking Before Fatherhood May Raise Asthma Risk in Kids: Study
Smoking Before Fatherhood May Raise Asthma Risk in Kids: Study MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men who smoke before becoming a parent may put their children at increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the smoking habits of more than 13,000 men and women, and then looked at the incidence of asthma in their children. The results showed that asthma was much more common in children whose fathers were smokers before conception. A child's risk of asthma increased if the ...
Putting Baby to Sleep on Animal Fur May Lower Asthma Risk: Study
Putting Baby to Sleep on Animal Fur May Lower Asthma Risk: Study SUNDAY, Sept. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infants who sleep on animal fur may be less likely to develop asthma later in childhood, new research suggests. The study included more than 2,400 healthy city-dwelling newborns in Germany who were followed until age 10. Of those children, 55 percent slept on animal skin in their first three months of life. Compared to other youngsters, those who slept on animal skin in infancy were 79 percent less...
Health Tip: Things That Can Trigger Asthma
Health Tip: Things That Can Trigger Asthma (HealthDay News) -- You're asthmatic and so is your best friend. But the things that trigger your asthma can be very different. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the most common asthma triggers include: Tobacco smoke, including secondhand smoke. Dust mites. Outdoor air pollution. Mold. Cockroaches and their droppings. Pet dander. Smoke from burning wood, grass or leaves. Infections or illness. Hay fever. Emotional upset. Weather changes.
Common Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk
Common Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Three common respiratory diseases seem to be associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers report. The investigators analyzed data from seven studies that included more than 25,000 people and found that chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia were linked with a greater risk of developing lung cancer. Having asthma or tuberculosis was not associated with a higher lung cancer risk, according ...
When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids
When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of children with viral infections severe enough to land them in the hospital end up with serious complications -- such as pneumonia, seizures and brain swelling, a new study finds. The study, reported online on Aug. 4 in Pediatrics , followed kids who had to be admitted to a pediatric hospital for the flu and other respiratory infections. Researchers stressed that they are much different from the vast ...
Older Women With Asthma Face Worse Health Outcomes
Older Women With Asthma Face Worse Health Outcomes FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although older women with asthma often have worse health outcomes, they may not make asthma care a priority, according to a new study. "There is no doubt that women over 65 suffer from asthma much more than men over 65," concluded Dr. James Sublett, an allergist and president-elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), in an organization news release. In fact, the asthma death rate am...
FDA Approves New Treatment for People With COPD
FDA Approves New Treatment for People With COPD FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with the progressive, deadly respiratory ailment known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a new weapon to battle the disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The agency approved a new treatment, an inhaled spray called Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) for COPD, the third leading killer of Americans. COPD, which is often linked to smoking, involves multiple lung conditio...
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