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Researcher Says Traffic Pollution May Affect Unborn Children
July 7, 2011 8:59 AM by Valerie Newitt
Dr. Mohammad Shamssain and his British research team recently completed a study into the impact of high levels of traffic pollution on schoolchildren's respiratory systems, allergies and conditions such as asthma. The team found the pollution is far-reaching Read More...
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Study: High Stress, High Pollution Increase Children's Lung Damage
June 26, 2011 4:47 PM by Sharlene George
Growing up in a stressful household is associated with increases in lung damage from traffic-related pollution (TRP) in children, according to research from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. Characteristics Read More...
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Calling All Dads to Quit Smoking
June 19, 2011 10:57 PM by Sharlene George
One of my favorite stories my father told me when I was a little girl wasn't about princesses or ponies. It was a true story about the night he quit smoking. One evening when I was still brand-new, my dad bent over my crib to check if I was snug and content. Read More...
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Children with CF Benefit from Simple Exercise Program
May 3, 2011 9:25 AM by Valerie Newitt
Many pulmonologists have shied away from formally prescribing exercise as part of the treatment plan for children with cystic fibrosis (CF). But it may be time for change. A small Johns Hopkins Children's Center study of children and teens with CF shows Read More...
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Researchers Find Gaping Hole in Quality Asthma Care
April 5, 2011 2:53 PM by Valerie Newitt
Most children do not know how to use their inhalers correctly. Whose fault is that? Care providers. According to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Fewer than one in 10 children with asthma use traditional inhalers correctly. Read More...
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Survey Underscores Impact of Asthma on Families
March 23, 2011 9:14 AM by Valerie Newitt
A new survey released by Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) examines the impact of asthma and allergies on the people who cope with it every day. The survey confirms that asthma and allergies disrupt daily lives, not only for patients Read More...
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Five Years After Katrina, Health Effects Linger
August 26, 2010 12:24 PM by Mike Bederka
Nearly 80 percent of children with asthma in post-Katrina New Orleans were sensitive to mold, according to research findings from Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL) Phase I. It is 50 percent in major urban areas around the country. "We Read More...
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CDC: Smoking in Movies Still a Problem
August 24, 2010 7:29 AM by Mike Bederka
Smoking in films is getting mixed reviews, according to a new CDC report . The number of tobacco incidents (occurrences of tobacco use) in top-grossing movies peaked in 2005, then declined by approximately half through 2009, representing the first time Read More...
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Finding the New Van Gogh in Your Asthma Unit
June 11, 2010 7:49 AM by Vern Enge
As an asthma educator or a therapist trying to keep asthmatic patients up and breathing, you may be surrounded by some raw artistic talent that may some day develop into the next Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt, or Andy Warhol. Nonsense, you say. You work Read More...
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Healthy Children Can Exhibit Exercise-Induced Asthma Symptoms
June 3, 2010 11:15 AM by Vern Enge
Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) has long been associated with adults engaged in physical activities ranging from participation in sports to routine workouts in a local gym. EIB is generally caused when airway passages narrow with exercise, Read More...
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FDA Says LABAs Shouldn't Be Used Alone to Treat Asthma
February 22, 2010 8:22 AM by Colleen Mullarkey
Long-acting beta agonists should never be used alone in the treatment of asthma in children or adults, the FDA announced yesterday . Manufacturers must now include this warning on product labeling and take other steps to reduce the overall use of these Read More...
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Big Help for Treating Little Lungs
December 3, 2009 12:45 PM by Colleen Mullarkey
With more than half a million American babies born prematurely each year, business is booming in neonatal intensive care units across the country. Preterm births have increased 36 percent in the last 25 years, prompting more U.S. hospitals to redesign Read More...
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Gene Variants Factor into Asthma Attacks
October 14, 2009 2:42 PM by Vern Enge
How often do therapists hear the phrase: "It's all in the genes"? It's used to explain everything from brainpower to muscle power and points in between. Now that same uttering might be used to apply to asthma attacks. British researchers are currently Read More...
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Heat, Humidity May Trigger Asthma
October 9, 2009 12:01 PM by Vern Enge
Therapists looking for discussion topics for young asthma patients and their parents might look at the results of a study published in the September edition of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Could atmospheric conditions play a part? That actually Read More...
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Smiths Medical Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall
September 16, 2009 3:56 PM by Colleen Mullarkey
Smiths Medical and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration notified health care professionals about a nationwide voluntary recall of Portex Uncuffed Pediatric-Sized Tracheal Tubes (sizes 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 mm). A small number of tubes were manufactured with Read More...
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