Secondhand smoke exposure increases asthma readmission for children in hospitals

Secondhand smoke exposure increases odds of hospital asthma readmission for children – A new study shows that exposure to secondhand smoke at home or in the car dramatically increases the odds of children being readmitted to the hospital within a year of being admitted for asthma. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, raises the possibility that measurement of tobacco exposure could be used in clinical practice to target smoking cessation efforts and reduce the likelihood of future hospitalizations.

Asthma children are more likely to be bullied

Study explores why children with asthma are more likely to be bullied – There is a pertinent question – why children with asthma are at an increased risk of being bullied. A new study highlights the need for doctors to talk to children with asthma about bullying, as well as the impact the disease could be having in other areas of their life.

Chloroflouorocarbons OTC asthma inhalers will no longer be made or sold in US

FDA: Over-the-counter asthma inhalers containing chloroflouorocarbons (CFCs) will no longer be made or sold after Dec_31, 2011 — Users of Primatene Mist will need a prescription product to treat their asthma – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says users of epinephrine inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) should plan now to get a prescription for a replacement product because these inhalers will not be made or sold after Dec_31, 2011.

New asthma gene discovered in African Americans

National asthma genetics consortium releases first results — Discovers new asthma gene in African-Americans, replicates 4 others – A novel gene is discovered associated with the asthma disease in African-Americans and African-Caribbeans. The polymorphism, located in a gene called PYHIN1, was not present in European-Americans and may be the first asthma susceptibility gene variant specific to populations of African descent.

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