Job Worries Can Raise Asthma Risk, Study Says

HealthDay

September 23, 2014

Fear of losing your job can increase the risk for developing asthma, according to a new European study. The study involved more than 7,000 employed adults in Germany. Between 2009 and 2011, during the economic downturn in Europe, the workers answered questions about the respiratory disorder and also on whether they thought they would lose their job within two years. More than 100 new cases of asthma were diagnosed among the survey group, half of whom were women, during the study period.

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Researchers Shed Light on Asthma's Mysteries

Wall Street Journal

September 22, 2014

Researchers are making interesting new discoveries about a particularly confusing type of asthma. Doctors increasingly are recognizing that as many as half of asthma sufferers have a form of the lung disease known as non-allergic asthma. Some medications that help control symptoms of the more familiar allergic asthma aren't as effective in non-allergic patients.

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Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids

Healthday

September 17, 2014

Exposure in the womb to household chemicals known as phthalates might increase a child's future risk of developing asthma, Columbia University researchers reported in a new study. Children had nearly an 80 percent increased risk of developing asthma between age 5 and 11 if their mothers were exposed during pregnancy to high levels of two phthalates (pronounced thal-ates), the researchers found. The two phthalates were butylbenzyl phthalate and di-n-butyl phthalate, according to the study.

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Long-term effects of childhood asthma influenced by socioeconomic status

Medical Xpress

September 15, 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 6 percent of children younger than five have been diagnosed with asthma, the fastest-growing and most common chronic illness affecting children in the United States. Studies have shown that asthma is associated with attention and behavioral issues in children, yet little existing research examines how socioeconomic status may influence the ultimate effects of these difficulties.

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Enterovirus D68: What Parents Need to Know

WebMD

September 9, 2014

A fast-spreading virus related to hand-foot-and-mouth disease is hospitalizing kids across the country. The virus, enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, was first discovered in 1962 in California. But until now, it has only been tied to smaller clusters of disease around the U.S. This is the first time it’s caused such widespread misery, and it seems to be particularly hard on the lungs.

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Enterovirus 68 outbreak: which kids most at risk?

The Boston Globe

September 8, 2014

A sudden surge in pediatric emergency room visits in at least a dozen states has been linked to an uncommon respiratory virus, called Enterovirus 68, and public health officials have been scrambling to determine where it’s spreading and why it’s hitting some children harder than others. “It’s not a new strain and is the same EV-68 strain identified in the US last year,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

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Sleeping On Animal Fur Can Lower Asthma Risk

TIME

September 8, 2014

Animal fur may be protective against asthma and allergies, a new study finds. The research, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress, examined data from 2,441 German children and found an association between sleeping on animal fur, like sheepskin rugs or throws, during their first three months and a decreased risk of asthma later in childhood, by age 10.

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Smoking Before Fatherhood May Raise Asthma Risk in Kids: Study

HealthDay

September 8, 2014

Men who smoke before becoming a parent may put their children at increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the smoking habits of more than 13,000 men and women, and then looked at the incidence of asthma in their children. The results showed that asthma was much more common in children whose fathers were smokers before conception.

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Study Reveals Childhood Obesity Leads to Asthma

Science World Report

September 4, 2014

A new study provides evidence that childhood obesity contributes to asthma. For several decades, health experts have believed that childhood obesity and asthma are linked; however, they could not determine which of the two conditions comes first and whether one condition leads to the other. Childhood obesity is listed as a serious U.S. public health problem and the rate has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the last 30 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control.

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Asthma attack rates similar for black and white kids

Reuters

August 21, 2014

A new analysis of U.S. childhood asthma statistics finds racial differences persist in the proportions of African American and white children who develop asthma, but success in managing the disease is becoming more equal. Disparities between white and black kids with asthma in rates of emergency department visits or hospitalizations have shrunk and rates of asthma attacks – another sign of poorly managed asthma – are the same, researchers found.

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