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Public smoking bans decrease rates of premature births, hospital visits for asthma

Public smoking bans decrease rates of premature births, hospital visits for asthma

In the first comprehensive study to look at how anti-smoking laws are affecting the health of children, researchers from University of Edinburgh collaborated with researchers from Maastricht University, Hasselt University, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis examining the effect of smoke-free legislation on child health. [More]
Higher exposure to TRAP increases odds of readmission to hospital for asthma

Higher exposure to TRAP increases odds of readmission to hospital for asthma

Higher exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) dramatically increases the odds of readmission to the hospital for asthma - but only for white children, according to a new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study. [More]
Obese kids exposed to high levels of air pollutants are nearly 3 times as likely to have asthma

Obese kids exposed to high levels of air pollutants are nearly 3 times as likely to have asthma

Obese children exposed to high levels of air pollutants were nearly three times as likely to have asthma, compared with non-obese children and lower levels of pollution exposure, report researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). [More]
Perinatal probiotic supplements do not prevent childhood asthma

Perinatal probiotic supplements do not prevent childhood asthma

There is insufficient evidence to support the use of probiotic supplements during pregnancy or infancy to prevent the development of asthma in infants, Canadian researchers report. [More]
Childhood asthma secondhand smoke education vital

Childhood asthma secondhand smoke education vital

A US study has found that smokers caring for children with asthma often underestimate levels of secondhand smoke exposure. [More]
Exposure to dust from homes with dogs may alter immune response to allergens

Exposure to dust from homes with dogs may alter immune response to allergens

A new study suggests that exposure to dust from homes with dogs may alter the immune response to allergens and other asthma triggers by affecting the composition of the gut microbiome-the community of microbes that naturally colonize the digestive tract. [More]
Taking probiotics during pregnancy has no effect on asthma rate amoung infants

Taking probiotics during pregnancy has no effect on asthma rate amoung infants

Taking probiotics has health benefits but preventing childhood asthma isn't one of them, shows newly published research led by medical scientists at the University of Alberta. [More]

Maternal weight issues spell wheezing trouble for children

High maternal weight and gestational weight gain are independently associated with an increased risk for wheezing in preschool age children, a Dutch study has found. [More]

Autumn-born children prone to asthma

Month of birth closely correlates with the prevalence of bronchial asthma, a major study of Taiwanese children has found. [More]
Childhood asthma, eczema linked to adolescent psychotic experiences

Childhood asthma, eczema linked to adolescent psychotic experiences

UK research indicates that children with asthma and eczema are significantly more likely to have psychotic experiences during adolescence, boosting a previously reported relationship between schizophrenia and atopic disorders. [More]

Childhood asthma, eczema linked to adolescent psychotic experiences

UK research indicates that children with asthma and eczema are significantly more likely to have psychotic experiences during adolescence, boosting a previously reported relationship between schizophrenia and atopic disorders. [More]

Teenage bereavement linked to asthma hospitalization risk

Research shows that children who experience bereavement during late adolescence are at increased risk for asthma hospitalizations. [More]
Scientists discover gene associated with high risk of severe childhood asthma.

Scientists discover gene associated with high risk of severe childhood asthma.

An international scientific team has discovered a gene associated with a high risk of severe childhood asthma. The specific gene variant may be an actual cause of this form of asthma, a leading cause of hospitalization in young children. [More]

Neonatal jaundice linked to pediatric asthma risk

Researchers have found that neonatal hyperbilirubinemia is associated with an increased risk for childhood asthma. [More]

Reduce tobacco consumption, reduce childhood asthma

A scientific study recently published on International Journal of Statistics in Medical Research states that tobacco consumption must be decreased by 15% in Spain, particularly at home, in order to reduce the number of childhood asthma cases. [More]
BCG asthma effects are lost in adolescence

BCG asthma effects are lost in adolescence

Any beneficial effects of the neonatal Bacillus Calmette–Guérin vaccine on childhood asthma symptoms and outcomes are likely to be transient, disappearing by adolescence, show follow-up findings from the Manchester Community Asthma Study. [More]

Novel community program to improve the way childhood asthma controlled outside hospital

Indiana University School of Medicine emergency medicine faculty hope to improve the way childhood asthma is medically managed in Marion County through an innovative program that incorporates the skills and flexible schedules of specially trained Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services paramedics. [More]
Great-grandmother's cigarette habit could be cause of child's asthma

Great-grandmother's cigarette habit could be cause of child's asthma

With some 300 million people around the world living with asthma, a study by Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) researchers that was released ahead-of- print found for the first time that maternal smoking can cause the third generation of offspring to suffer from the chronic lung disease. [More]
NO2 exposure in infancy is strongly linked with later development of childhood asthma

NO2 exposure in infancy is strongly linked with later development of childhood asthma

A research team led by UCSF scientists has found that exposure in infancy to nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a component of motor vehicle air pollution, is strongly linked with later development of childhood asthma among African Americans and Latinos. [More]

Smoke exposure puts infants with respiratory infections at risk for longer hospital stays

More evidence has surfaced that supports the war on smoking, especially if smokers have an infant in their household. A study published today in the June issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), found that infants with a family history of allergic disease with lower respiratory tract infections, who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk for longer hospital stays. [More]