|Common Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk
Common Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Three common respiratory diseases seem to be associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers report. The investigators analyzed data from seven studies that included more than 25,000 people and found that chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia were linked with a greater risk of developing lung cancer. Having asthma or tuberculosis was not associated with a higher lung cancer risk, according ...
When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids
When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of children with viral infections severe enough to land them in the hospital end up with serious complications -- such as pneumonia, seizures and brain swelling, a new study finds. The study, reported online on Aug. 4 in Pediatrics , followed kids who had to be admitted to a pediatric hospital for the flu and other respiratory infections. Researchers stressed that they are much different from the vast ...
Older Women With Asthma Face Worse Health Outcomes
Older Women With Asthma Face Worse Health Outcomes FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although older women with asthma often have worse health outcomes, they may not make asthma care a priority, according to a new study. "There is no doubt that women over 65 suffer from asthma much more than men over 65," concluded Dr. James Sublett, an allergist and president-elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), in an organization news release. In fact, the asthma death rate am...
FDA Approves New Treatment for People With COPD
FDA Approves New Treatment for People With COPD FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with the progressive, deadly respiratory ailment known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a new weapon to battle the disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The agency approved a new treatment, an inhaled spray called Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) for COPD, the third leading killer of Americans. COPD, which is often linked to smoking, involves multiple lung conditio...
Even Thinking an Odor is Harmful May Spur Asthma Symptoms
Even Thinking an Odor is Harmful May Spur Asthma Symptoms WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with asthma, just believing an odor is potentially harmful is enough to trigger airway inflammation for at least 24 hours, a new study indicates. "It's not just what you smell, but also what you think you smell," study author Cristina Jaen, a physiologist at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, said in a Monell news release. "Asthmatics often are anxious about scents and fragranc...
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...
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