Sunshine During Pregnancy May Help Prevent Asthma

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According to a new report, increased exposure to sunshine during the second trimester of pregnancy lowers the child’s likelihood of developing asthma.

This report comes not from a group of scientists but from economists at the University of Kansas.

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Students Save Teacher’s Life from an Asthma Attack

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Last month, Indiana congressman Peter Visclosky honored two seventh grade students, Sydn’e Duncan and Jalen Tinco, for saving their teacher’s life.

M’onique Hutchinson teaches language arts at Aspire Charter Academy in Gary, Indiana. She has lived with asthma her whole life and is allergic to certain scents, including cologne.

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Children Who Drink Raw Milk Less Likely to Develop Asthma

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Kids who regularly drink raw, unprocessed milk are less likely to develop asthma than kids who drink industrially processed milk, says a new joint study by researchers from the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) and Marburg University.

The study is part of a long term research project called PASTURE which has been following more than 1,000 children growing up in rural areas.

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Student Saves Classmate from Asthma Attack, Gets Suspended for It

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When asthmatic 13 year old Alexis Kyle started wheezing and gasping during gym class, her classmate Indiyah Rush offered her her inhaler, preventing an asthma attack. When school administrators found out, they suspended both girls and sentenced them to 30 days at an alternative school following their suspension. Why? Because of the school’s zero tolerance policy regarding controlled substances, in this case asthma medication.
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Prenatal Exposure to Asthma Medication May Increase Autism Risk

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A new study published in Pediatrics shows a correlation between prenatal exposure to beta-agonists, one of the most common types of asthma medication, and the likelihood of the child developing autism. Beta-agonists are included in many asthma drugs including albuterol, formoterol (Foradil), and salmeterol (Serevent).
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New Wearable Patch Helps Prevent Asthma Attacks

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ADAMM is about the size of a hockey puck. It uses an adhesive to stick to the the front or back of your torso, kind of like a nicotine patch. Unlike a nicotine patch, however, it might just save your life.

ADAMM stands for Automated Device for Asthma Monitoring and Management.

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Asthma Increases the Risk of Shingles

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If you have asthma as a kid you’re 70% more likely to get shingles as an adult, says a new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. A group of researchers from the Mayo Clinic looked at the medical records of 371 patients with shingles and 742 control patients who did not have shingles. They found that 23% of the patients with shingles had asthma, whereas just 15% of the patients without shingles had asthma.
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Asthma Rates Finally on the Decline in USA

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After decades of perpetual increase, childhood asthma rates are finally going down in the United States. These results come from a thirteen year long study started in 2001 involving over 150,000 children. The study was lead by Dr. Lara Akinbami from the National Center for Health Statistics. The results were published in the journal of Pediatrics two weeks ago.
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Helpful New Year's Resolutions for Dealing with Asthma

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New Year’s Day is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and make plans for the year to come. If you’ve struggled with asthma management this past year, here are five New Year’s resolutions that can help you have a healthier, happier 2016.
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Psychological Factors as Powerful as Physical Factors in Causing Asthma, Research Suggests

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Asthma rates continue to grow around the world. In the US, about 1 out of every 10 children now has the potentially life threatening condition. Although there are still many mysteries surrounding the disease, it’s long been known that physical factors such as pollen, dust, pet dander, pollution, smoke, and mold can both trigger the condition and contribute to its development. But new research suggests that psychological factors such as stress, neighborhood violence, and abuse can be just as influential in asthma development.
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Comic Book Teaches Families About Asthma Medication

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Physician and cartoonist, Dr. Alex Thomas noticed that the majority of children being admitted into his hospital’s ICU for asthma attacks didn’t properly understand the difference between their asthma medications. So he created a comic book called “Iggy and the Inhalers” to help.
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5 Hidden Asthma Triggers

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1 in 12 people now has asthma, according to the CDC. Of those who have asthma, over half have had an asthma attack.

If you’re one of the many people living with asthma, then you probably already know the importance of taking your asthma medication, carrying a rescue inhaler, having an Asthma Action Plan, and avoiding your asthma triggers.

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Puppies and Ponies May Keep Your Kids from Developing Asthma

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Exposure to dogs and farm animals makes infants less likely to develop asthma later in life, says a new study from Sweden’s Uppsala University.

The researchers looked at data from more than one million Swedish children born between 2001 and 2010. They found that infants exposed to dogs were 13% less likely to develop asthma, and those exposed to farm animals were a full 52% less likely.

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Good Gut Bacteria May Prevent Asthma

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The bacteria in an infant’s gut could determine whether or not they develop asthma, says a new study.

As part of a project called the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development study, scientists tested 319 babies to see if they showed symptoms of being at risk for asthma, specifically wheezing and having allergies. 22 babies showed both symptoms and were considered “most at risk.”

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Your Grandma Could Give You Asthma, Study Claims

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Asthma rates have steadily increased across the globe for the past several decades. According to the CDC asthma now affects 9.3% of kids in the USA. Now, a new study from Sweden claims part of the problem could be smoking grandmothers. According to the study, if your grandmother smoked during her pregnancy, you’re 10 to 22% more likely to develop asthma, even if your mother didn’t smoke during hers.
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