Parental stress may increase asthma risk in children

US study finds link between parental stress, air pollution, and children?s risk for developing asthma. – Children with stressed out parents may be more susceptible to developing asthma (Childhood asthma) associated with environmental triggers such as high levels of traffic-related pollution and tobacco smoke, revealed by researchers.

Chronic asthma study has potential for new asthma treatment

Breakthrough in understanding severe asthma has potential for new treatment – UK researchers have discovered a key element in the development of chronic asthma explaining why the structure and function of asthmatic airways are changed or ”remodelled” and how this contributes to chronic asthma.

Caffeine reduces exercise induced asthma symptoms

Caffeine shown as effective at reducing exercise-induced asthma symptoms as an albuterol inhaler – An Indiana University study found that the ingestion of caffeine within an hour of exercise can reduce the symptoms of exercise induced asthma (EIA).

High self-reported asthma rates in Chinatown, NY

Children closest to Ground Zero have high rates of self-reported asthma and airway obstruction. – Research conducted seven years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City (NYC) found that children attending the socioeconomically and ethnically homogeneous elementary school closest to Ground Zero have high rates of self-reported asthma and airway obstruction.

Teachers’ ignorance is putting children with asthma at risk

Teachers? ignorance is putting children with asthma at risk – Introduce clear guidelines for schools on their responsibilities for supporting children with asthma. – A disturbing three quarters of teachers are not completely confident about what to do if a child in their class has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack, yet asthma is the most common long-term condition affecting children in the UK and on average there are two children with asthma in every classroom.

Folic acid may help treat allergies, asthma

Folic acid may help regulate immune response to allergens, and may reduce allergy and asthma symptoms. – Folic acid, or vitamin B9, essential for red blood cell health and long known to reduce the risk of spinal birth defects, may also suppress allergic reactions and lessen the severity of allergy and asthma symptoms, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Vitamin D levels linked to asthma severity

Vitamin D levels linked to asthma severity. New research provides evidence for a link between vitamin D insufficiency and asthma severity. – Serum levels of vitamin D in more than 600 Costa Rican children were inversely linked to several indicators of allergy and asthma severity, including hospitalizations for asthma, use of inhaled steroids and total IgE levels.

Heartburn medications do not ease asthma

The so-called purple pill, known popularly as Nexium and and esomeprazole to physicians, did not reduce asthma symptoms in patients who did not have symptoms of heartburn. – The predominance of heartburn among asthma sufferers led many specialists to suspect that acid reflux could be a trigger for the coughing, wheezing and breathlessness of asthma.

Pollution related asthma starts in womb

Research suggests pollution-related asthma may start in the womb – Children born in areas with increased traffic-related pollution may be at greater risk of developing asthma due to genetic changes acquired in the womb, according to new research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Oral steroids ineffective in preschool children’s wheezing

Oral steroids ineffective in the treatment of preschool virus-induced wheezing – A new study from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry has found that a common treatment for wheezing in preschool children is no more effective than a placebo.

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