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Adults with Asthma at Higher Risk for Obesity, Study Finds

Researchers say adults with asthma are more likely to develop obesity later in life, especially if they have non-allergic asthma.

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Advent of Electric Cars Is Already Improving Health

Electric cars are still in the minority on America's roads, yet researchers are already seeing health benefits from reduced tailpipe pollution.

In a new California study, neighborhoods with the most all-electric cars -- called zero-emission vehicles -- saw a decline in asthma-related emergency room visits. Researchers believe this was a result of lower levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in...

Is Your Gas Stove Making You Sick? Experts Weigh In

Natural gas stoves have become the latest flashpoint in America’s increasingly volatile political culture, after a top federal regulator publicly mulled over banning the appliances.

"This is a hidden hazard," the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) commissioner, Ric...

When States Legalize Marijuana, Teens' Asthma Rates Rise

Cannabis use in U.S. states where recreational use is legal could be contributing to children's asthma, according to new research.

A study found increases in asthma in teens where cannabis is legal, compared to states where it remains banned for medicinal and recreational use. The study a...

FDA Approves New 2-Drug Combo Medicine for Asthma

Adults with asthma now have a new rescue medication to turn to after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Airsupra on Wednesday.

The drug is the first approved to combine albuterol (a beta-2 adrenergic agonist) and budesonide (a corticosteroid).

It's mea...

Federal Agency Mulls Ban on Gas Stoves Due to Health Concerns

Gas stoves could face new emissions standards or even be banned because of their link to indoor air pollutants and childhood asthma, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The federal agency will open public comment on gas cooking stoves and their hazards sometime this winter, Bloomberg News reported.

“This is a hidden hazard,” agency commissio...

EPA Proposes Tougher Rules on Air Pollution

For the first time in a decade, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed strengthening standards on fine soot in the air, a known contributor to serious health issues.

Under the new proposal, standards for fine particulate pollution, known as PM 2.5, would change from a level of 12 micrograms per cubic meter to a level between nine and 10 micrograms per cubic meter. The stand...

Polluted Air Means More Asthma Attacks for Urban Kids

Air pollution may trigger more asthma attacks in urban children and teens, a new study reports.

Even moderate levels of ozone and fine airborne particulates — two ingredients of smog — appear to increase kids’ risk of asthma attacks, according to findings published online Jan. 4 in

Make Curbing Allergies, Asthma Your New Year's Resolution

Keeping allergies and asthma in check in the new year is a resolution worth keeping.

With 2023 dawning, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers some suggestions for keeping symptoms under control all year long.

"More than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergic conditions," said allergist

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  • December 31, 2022
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  • Winter & Kid's Asthma: High Time for Flare-Ups

    Cold, dry winter air and a trio of spreading viruses could cause children's asthma to flare up this winter season.

    But experts at one children's hospital offer some tips to help parents keep their kids' worrisome respiratory symptoms in check.

    While asthma is a lung condition that can make it harder to breathe, some things can make symptoms worse, such as illness, cold air and smok...

    How Persistent Asthma Might Harm the Heart

    Persistent asthma may take a toll on the heart, not just the lungs, a new study suggests.

    When the respiratory condition is relentless, it appears tied to plaque in the carotid arteries, increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke, researchers say.

    The carotid arteries — large arteries on the sides of the neck — carry blood to the brain.

    In a study of more than ...

    Allergies & Asthma: Keep Sneezes & Wheezes at Bay This Holiday Season

    It's possible to have a joy-filled holiday season while keeping allergies and asthma in check.

    Being aware of triggers is a key, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

    “While the holidays bring much joy, some of the good times can be derailed by allergy and asthma flares,” said allergist

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  • November 26, 2022
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  • As COVID Restrictions Lifted, Asthma Attacks Rose

    When COVID-19 restrictions lifted in the United Kingdom, the risk for severe asthma attacks doubled.

    While having COVID isn't more likely to cause asthma attacks than other respiratory infections, it may have been that safety measures, such as wearing masks and reduced socializing, kept these attacks at bay, the authors of a new study suggested.

    "Our study was observational, so it ...

    Liability Fears Keep Some Schools From Stocking Asthma Inhalers

    It's a potentially deadly issue: Some U.S. school administrators don't keep life-saving albuterol asthma inhalers on hand because they're afraid of getting sued for misuse. That's true even in states like Illinois, where strong "stock albuterol" laws are on the books, researchers say.

    Kids with asthma don't always carry their inhalers, and some may not even know they have asthma until the...

    The Worst and Best Hours of the Day for Hayfever Sufferers

    When it comes to pollen allergies, there are not only bad days and bad seasons, experts with the right technology can now break down pollen counts by the hour.

    Specifically, pollen counts are lower between 4 a.m. and noon, a new study done in Georgia found. They're higher between 2 p.m. and 9 p...

    Can Sex Trigger an Asthma Attack?

    Much like intense exercise, vigorous sex can trigger an asthma attack in folks with the chronic lung disease, according to new research.

    "There is a lack of current literature available on the prevalence of sexual intercourse presenting as exercise-induced asthma," said study author

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  • November 10, 2022
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  • Parent's Mental Health Can Affect Kids' Asthma Care

    When a parent is depressed, their child's asthma care may suffer. Now, research suggests that getting a child's asthma under control may include assessing a parents' mental health.

    Researchers at University of Texas Southwestern found that treating a parent's depression could sometimes improve symptom control in asthmatic children.

    About 8% of American children have asthma. Sympto...

    Noninvasive Test Might Easily Spot Asthma in Preschoolers

    Hearing an infant wheeze for the first time can be scary for new parents, as wheezing is known to raise a child's risk of developing asthma.

    There's been no easy way to predict a child will actually develop the respiratory condition without running invasive tests, but now a short questionnaire may do just that.

    In a new study, CHART (Childhood Asthma Risk Tool) identified 91% of 3-y...

    1 in 7 U.S. High School Students Now Vapes

    Teen vaping continues at concerning levels, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

    About 2.5 million middle school and high school students reported that they had vaped in the past 30 days in 2022,...

    Move to Zero-Emission Trucks Could Save 66,000 U.S. Lives

    Replacing diesel-powered trucks and the toxic pollutants they spew with electric vehicles would save tens of thousands of U.S. lives, a new American Lung Association report says.

    The benefit would accrue if all medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold have zero emissions by 2050, and if the electricity they use comes from non-combustion renewable energy, not fossil fuels, by 2035, according to ...

    After Ian's Destruction: How to Safely Enter, Clean Flood-Damaged Homes

    The devastation left by one of the strongest hurricanes to hit Florida in years is immense. But residents flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Ian must be cautious when they return, federal experts warn.

    First off, always assume there's potential risk from electricity or gas leaks, say experts at the U.S. Cent...

    Study Probes Links Between Vaccines and Asthma in Kids, With Inconclusive Results

    Aluminum in childhood vaccines has long been the cause of speculation about a potential link to allergies and asthma, but a new study designed to figure out whether there might be a connection did not come to a definitive conclus...

    Smoggy Days Could Help Send Kids With Autism to the ER

    Could air pollution land children with autism in the hospital?

    A new study found that short-term exposure to air pollution is linked to a higher risk for hospitalization among kids with the developmental disorder.

    People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often admitted due to such ...

    Men Exposed to Cigarette Smoke in Childhood More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids

    Smoking around your child is unhealthy, but it could also harm your future grandchildren, a new study finds.

    Children are more likely to develop asthma if their father was exposed to secondhand smoke as a child, according to researchers from...

    Air Pollution May Do More Harm to Women Than Men

    Breathing in fumes from diesel exhaust may be more damaging to women than to men, a new, small Canadian study claims.

    “We already know that there are sex differences in lung diseases such as asthma and respiratory infections," said lead researcher Hemshekhar Mahadevappa, from the University of Man...

    Widely Used Steroid Meds Could Alter the Brain

    Long-term steroid use can reshape the structure of the brain, causing some parts to shrink and others to grow, a major new study reports.

    People taking steroids -- even inhaled steroids -- appear to have less intact white matter structure in their brains compared with those not taking the drugs, brain scans reveal. White matter serves as the communication link between different regions of...

    Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Cleanup Put Workers at Risk for Asthma

    Workers who cleaned up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico were more likely than others to have developed asthma or related symptoms, a long-term follow-up shows.

    "This is the first study to ever look at specific chemicals from oil spills and link them to respiratory diseases," said study co-author Dale Sandler, of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health...

    Biden to Sign Bill That Helps Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits

    President Biden was poised on Wednesday to sign a bill that expands health care benefits for U.S. veterans exposed to toxic burn pits.

    Known as the PACT Act, the legislation is the biggest expansion of veterans' health care and benefits in more than 30 years, the White House said in a

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  • August 10, 2022
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  • More Than Half of Young U.S. Adults Have a Chronic Health Condition

    Obesity, depression, high blood pressure, asthma: These are just a few of the chronic health conditions that are now affecting almost 40 million Americans between the ages 18 and 34, new federal data shows.

    Overall, the 2019 data found that more than half of young adults (nearly 54%) now deal with at least on...

    Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

    Inner-city kids are known to be at greater risk for uncontrolled asthma. Now, new research suggests that violent crime and poor school achievement may be two reasons why.

    “Experiencing violent crime can result in toxic stress, and decreased educational attainment is associated with lower health literacy,” said study author Dr. Jordan Tyris, a hospitalist at Children's National Hospita...

    Stay Independent of Asthma, Allergies This July 4th

    It's time to enjoy summer celebrations, but allergies and asthma can put a damper on the festivities.

    They don't need to. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) offers some tips for keeping them in check.

    "The 4th of July is a favorite holiday for many Americans because it's in the middle of summer and folks can enjoy lovely weather with their festivities," s...

    Spring's Double Trouble: Asthma Plus Seasonal Allergies

    If you have both asthma and seasonal allergies, there are ways to reduce the impacts of that double whammy, an expert says.

    People with asthma, a chronic lung condition, should try to control or prevent allergic outbreaks, said Dr. Miranda Curtiss, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School...

    C-Section Antibiotics Show No Link to Asthma in Childhood

    Giving antibiotics to a woman just before a cesarean delivery does not increase her baby's risk of asthma or eczema, a new British study says.

    C-section is common, but can put new mothers at increased of infection, so they're given preventative antibiotics.

    "Maternal infections, such as wound infection, can b...

    Two-Drug Inhaler Could Reduce Asthma Attacks

    Two drugs are better than one when it comes to stopping asthma attacks in progress, a new clinical trial has found.

    The study, of more than 3,100 asthma patients, found that a two-drug "rescue" inhaler worked better than a standard inhaler in thwarting severe asthma exacerbations -- helping some patients avoid trips to the hospital.

    The inhaler, which is not yet approved, contains t...

    Pollution Killed 9 Million People Worldwide in 2019

    Pollution from varied sources caused 9 million deaths worldwide in 2019, accounting for 1 in 6 of all deaths, a new study says.

    Of those pollution-related deaths, three-quarters -- close to 7 million -- were caused by outdoor or indoor air pollution. Toxic chemical pollution (including lead) caused 1.8...

    Asthma, Allergies Raise Heart Risks, Too

    If you have asthma or allergies, you may be more likely to develop heart disease, and some medications may increase or lower that risk, a new review of clinical trials and lab research shows.

    "Many people think of asthma as a disease of the lungs, but there's an important link between asthma and cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart diseases, [high blood pressure] and more," sai...

    Cutting Pollution From Power Plants, Transport Could Save 50,000 U.S. Lives Each Year

    More than 50,000 premature deaths would be prevented in the United States each year if fine particle air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels were eliminated, researchers say.

    Curbing this source of pollution would also save more than $600 billion a year in health care costs due to related illness and death, their

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  • May 17, 2022
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  • Could Asthma Treatment Raise Your Odds for Obesity?

    Adults who suffer from asthma often need to take corticosteroids to open up their airways, but the medications may have an unintended side effect: New research shows the treatment, particularly when taken in pill form, raised the risk of patients becoming obese.

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  • Follow-Up Care Can Prevent Repeat ER Visits for Child's Asthma

    After a child shows up in the emergency room in the throes of an asthma attack, follow-up care is the best way to avoid another visit to the hospital down the road.

    But when researchers analyzed claims data on more than 90,000 asthma-related emergency department (ED) visits by children ages 3 to 21 in California, Massachusetts and Vermont, they found that only 23% actually received follow...

    Bong Use at Home Quickly Fills Air With Toxins

    Smoking pot through a bong doesn't protect the nonsmokers in the room from the dangers of secondhand smoke, a new study warns.

    Bongs have been touted as a safe way to protect nonsmokers from secondhand marijuana smoke. But it can expose them to extremely high concentrations of fine particulate matter - five to 1...

    Mom's Use of Workplace Disinfectants in Pregnancy Tied to Eczema, Asthma in Kids

    If you're a worker who plans to get pregnant, take heed of a new study that warns that pregnant women who work in hospitals and are exposed to disinfectants may be more likely to have children who suffer from asthma and

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  • March 29, 2022
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  • 'Live' Type of Flu Shot Is Safe for Kids With Asthma: Study

    Yearly flu shots are especially important for kids with asthma as any virus can trigger an asthma attack. But in the not-too-distant future, these kids might be able to get a spritz instead of a jab, new research hints.

    Current recommendations suggest children with asthma get an inactivated flu shot (...

    'Zapping' Air Passages May Bring Relief for Severe Asthma

    Inhalers, pills or injections help most people control their asthma, but some with severe disease opt for cutting-edge surgery that "remodels" their airways to improve their breathing.

    Bronchia...

    Your Houseplants May Help You Breathe Easier

    Want to breathe better air indoors? Go green.

    Houseplants can make your home or office air cleaner, according to British researchers.

    In lab tests, they found that three common houseplants -- peace lily ...

    Apps: They Help Manage Health Conditions, But Few Use Them, Poll Finds

    Health and fitness apps are growing in popularity, but not among the people who might benefit most from them - seniors and people with chronic health conditions.

    Nearly two out of three American adults are living with a chronic health problem like heart disease, diabetes or asthma, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll survey found.

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  • Are Health Care Apps in Your Future?

    Are you managing a chronic health problem, be it obesity or diabetes or heart disease or asthma?

    There's likely an app for that.

    Health apps are becoming more and more sophisticated, offering smartphone users help in dealing with chronic ailments, said Dr. David Bates, chief of internal med...

    Does Your Child Have Asthma? Look for the Signs

    If you're wondering whether your child may have asthma, there are some tell-tale signs to look for, an expert says.

    Asthma is the most common chronic respiratory disease in children and affects more than 6 million U.S. children. Despite being common, diagnosing asthma in children can be difficult because "there is...

    Your Gas Stove Might Make You (and the Planet) Sick

    That gas stove in your kitchen fires up quickly and cooks evenly. What's not to love?

    A lot, as it turns out.

    The emissions from gas stoves are considered major contributors to climate change and damaging to human health. Now, new research suggests they're troublesome even when they're turned off.

    The problem is sizable: Over 40 million U.S. households cook with gas, and gas ...

    Many People With Asthma Have Mixed Feelings About Masks: Poll

    Although they report difficulty breathing and discomfort while wearing a face mask, most people with asthma still use them in public places during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study finds.

    University of Illinois Chicago researchers conducted an online survey of more than 500 adults with asthma. They found that 84% report...

    Urban Air Pollution Drives Millions of Cases of Asthma in Kids

    Far fewer kids might develop asthma if there were less traffic pollution, suggests a new study that researched the issue worldwide.

    "Our study found that nitrogen dioxide puts children at risk of developing asthma and the problem is especially acute in urban areas," said study author Susan Anenberg, a professor of environmental and occupational health at George Washington University in Wa...

    FDA Approves New Drug to Help Control Severe Asthma

    People who struggle with severe asthma now have a new treatment to get some relief.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an injectable drug called Tezspire (tezepelumab-ekko), which would be administered every four weeks by a health care profession...

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