Air Pollution and Asthma

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Let’s face it, our health is largely dependent on our environment.  In many cases, we don’t even think about it, but a good example is how air pollution is known to increase the risk of developing asthma.  According to a study, it just doesn’t end at developing the condition, it also makes controlling it more difficult.  In the study, researchers surveyed 481 people about their asthma symptoms and compared that data to information about local levels of ozone, nitrous oxide, and particulate matter.  They found that poor air quality really made a difference. 

 

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Growing Asthma Problem

Growing Asthma Problem

More and more people are suffering from asthma. It clearly is a growing problem, and one of the reasons doctors think so is more and more people are suffering from various allergies. Now, physicians and researchers haven’t been able to figure out why allergies are bothering more people than ever, but doctors do know the symptoms of asthma, such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, having trouble getting your breath, difficulties in the cold. Those sorts of things are things that can be treated with medications prior to the attacks. Learn all you can about asthma medications.

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A Look at Asthma and Inhaled Steroids in Children

A Look at Asthma and Inhaled Steroids in Children

Any study that has to deal with asthma and its treatment is important to notice because of the growing problem of asthma in the country. When it deals with steroids, a particularly important treatment, it becomes even more pressing. According to two separate reports in the New England Journal of Medicine, using inhaled steroids to treat asthma in young children does not alter the course of the disease and should not be used for that purpose. According to two studies, there is no doubt that inhaled steroids such as Pulmicort and Flovent reduce swelling and inflammation in the airways and help control the wheezing and breathlessness associated with asthma. But some doctors prescribe them to very young children considered at risk of developing asthma in the hope that the disease won’t develop in the first place. This doesn’t work. It’s important to know this because steroid medications are not without side-effects and should not be used without caution and worry about limited use.

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An Apple A Day

An Apple A Day

You’ve heard the phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” While there is no doubt that eating apples and other fruits is good for your health, researchers find that eating an apple when pregnant could have an extra special effect. According to studies, when moms-to-be ate apples during pregnancy, their children had lower rates of asthma. This is important because more than 20 million Americans have asthma, including 6.2 million children. Dutch researchers followed over 1,200 children from before birth to age five. Their mothers completed food questionnaires during their pregnancies. Later, their children’s health was surveyed as well. Women who consumed the most apples during pregnancy, more than four a week, had children who were 37% less likely to have ever wheezed than children of mothers who had eaten the lowest number of apples during pregnancy. It’s a really interesting study with great news if you like fruits.

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