|Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids
Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are obese during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with asthma than normal-weight mothers, a new review suggests. "We found that, compared with children born from mothers of normal weight, those whose mothers were overweight or obese during pregnancy had up to 20 to 30 percent higher odds of asthma," said lead researcher Dr. Erick Forno, an assistant professor of pediatrics at C...
Health Tip: Thwart Mold at Home
Health Tip: Thwart Mold at Home (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to mold isn't healthy, as it can trigger allergies, asthma and a number of other ills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests how to keep mold growth at bay: Address any leaks and areas of dampness or mold. Clean mold on hard surface with soap and water. Allow the area to dry completely. Open windows or run an exhaust fan when cooking, showering or washing dishes. Keep humidity levels throughout your home at 30 percent to 50 percent.
Health Tip: Take it Easy on Chemical Cleaners
Health Tip: Take it Easy on Chemical Cleaners (HealthDay News) -- Using harsh chemical cleaners can be irritating for people who have asthma, especially children. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers these suggestions: Change cleaners if you find that one in particular aggravates asthma. When you have to use an irritating product, make sure the affected family member is not nearby. Run a fan and open all doors and windows when using the chemical. Read the chemical's label and follow all instr...
U.S. Health Snapshots: Insurance Coverage Expands, but Gaps Remain
U.S. Health Snapshots: Insurance Coverage Expands, but Gaps Remain THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new U.S. government reports provide a statistical snapshot of health and health insurance coverage in 2013, before new coverage options took effect under the Affordable Care Act. On a positive note, fewer Americans were uninsured in 2013 than in 2010 -- 14.4 percent versus 16 percent, respectively. But sharp coverage gaps remained depending on factors like age, race or ethnicity and where p...
Too-Clean Homes May Encourage Child Allergies, Asthma: Study
Too-Clean Homes May Encourage Child Allergies, Asthma: Study FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but a home that's too clean can leave a newborn child vulnerable to allergies and asthma later in life, a new study reports. Infants are much less likely to suffer from allergies or wheezing if they are exposed to household bacteria and allergens from rodents, roaches and cats during their first year of life, the study found. The results stunned researchers, who had...
Yoga May Not Help Ease Asthma, Study Suggests
Yoga May Not Help Ease Asthma, Study Suggests THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although yoga is believed to boost physical and mental health, it does not seem to help ease symptoms of asthma, a new study finds. Even so, experts from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) noted that if it makes people with asthma feel better they should continue to practice it. "Many asthma sufferers look to complementary therapies, such as yoga, to help relieve their symptoms," Dr. Mich...
Costs a Barrier to Asthma Care for Some Kids
Costs a Barrier to Asthma Care for Some Kids THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High health insurance co-pays in the United States increase the odds that children with asthma will miss out on important doctor visits and preventive medications, a new survey finds. Parents with higher co-pays reported switching to less expensive drugs, giving their children less medication than prescribed and putting off doctor visits or trips to the emergency room. "Asthma is one of the most common chronic condit...
Children's Asthma Linked to Air Pollution in 2nd Trimester: Study
Children's Asthma Linked to Air Pollution in 2nd Trimester: Study MONDAY, May 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to women exposed to fine particle air pollution during the second trimester of pregnancy may be at greater risk for developing asthma in early childhood, according to a new study. Fine particle air pollution, which can be inhaled deeply, is linked to the greatest health risks, researchers cautioned. These particles can be found in smoke and haze. "We know that mothers' exposure to air p...
Vitamin D Supplements May Not Help Ease Asthma
Vitamin D Supplements May Not Help Ease Asthma SUNDAY, May 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D supplements do little to help control asthma, a new study found, although they might help cut the level of medication some patients need. "Previous studies suggested that if you have asthma and low levels of vitamin D in the blood, you have worse lung function, more asthma attacks and more emergency room visits than asthma patients with higher vitamin D levels," Dr. Mario Castro, a professor of pulmonary an...
Study Probes Link Between Early Antibiotic Use, Asthma
Study Probes Link Between Early Antibiotic Use, Asthma THURSDAY, May 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children treated with antibiotics in their first year of life may face more than twice the risk of developing asthma later in life. However, the drugs themselves may not be at fault, researchers note. Instead, scientists believe that an impaired immune system and genetic variations could explain why these kids face a higher likelihood of developing asthma. The study, reported online May 15 in The Lancet Res...
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