Physical Activity Benefits Those with Asthma

Physical activity is good for the heart, good for the mind, good for burning calories, and good for reducing the risk of cancer. Now a small Brazilian study has found aerobic exercise can improve asthma symptoms in those with moderate-to-severe disease compared to the control group. Two 35-minute bouts of treadmill exercise per week for 12…

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Suck on Your Child’s Pacifier

This may sound like weird science, but parents who suck their child's pacific to clean it may actually reduce that child's risk of developing allergies. Swedish researchers followed 184 full-term infants. At 18 months children whose parents cleaned the pacifier by sucking on it had significantly less asthma and eczema compared to those whose parents cleaned…

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Fast Food Risks in Kids

Eating fast foods three or more times per week is associated with a 70% higher risk of severe eczema and a 39% higher risk of asthma in teens, according to a recent multi-center, multi-country study. Even consumption of fast foods 1-2 times per week significantly increases the risk of wheezing and asthma in children. Interestingly,…

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Sweetened Sodas Linked to Lung Diseases

Sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to poor health outcomes such as heart disease and stroke. Researchers in Australia have recently found that sugary drinks are associated with an increased risk of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though this cross-sectional study does not prove that sodas are the cause of these problems, it does offer…

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Exercise Reduces Asthmatic Airway Inflammation

Exercise, along with regular treatment, reduced airway inflammation, lowered asthmatic attacks, improved oxygen exchange and increased symptom-free days for moderate to severe asthmatic patients when compared with those only receiving regular treatment. Symptom improvements were apparent within 30 days. A big bonus is that it also helps you feel great and controls hunger.PositiveTip: Exercise is a great way…

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Farm Kids are Protected from Asthma?

European researchers have found that children who grow up on farms have a much lower risk of asthma than others. The conclusion of two large cross-sectional studies is that the exposure to a larger range of bacteria and fungi confers this benefit. Perhaps the diversity of microbes assists in the maturation of a child's immune…

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Smoking Bans Improve Health in Scotland

In 2006 Scotland banned smoking in enclosed public areas. Researchers using a national database of hospital admissions have found that admission rates for asthma in people younger than 15 years old dropped 18.2% (p<0.001) per year relative to the rates prior to the smoking ban. Prior to the ban, admissions were increasing at a rate of 5.2%…

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Does Acetaminophen Cause Asthma?

Research on an international group of 13-14 years olds from 50 countries has examined the possibility that the use of acetaminophen may increase the risk of asthma in teens. Among some 360,000 participants it was found that use of this common analgesic at least once yearly increased the asthma risk by 43%, and if used…

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Is Fast Food Related to Asthma Symptoms?

An international study of 50,000 radomly selected children living in 20 countries has revealed that the consumption of fresh fruit, fruit juice, and cooked green vegetables three or more times per week, as well as fish may significantly lower the prevalence of wheezing. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables have protective effects on the immune…

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Asthma Associated with Larger Waist Measurements

With a rising prevalence of asthma in the US, who would have guessed it might be associated with expanding waistlines? A study of more than 88,000 women teachers in California found that those who were overweight had a 40% higher risk for asthma compared to normal weight women. Interestingly, after adjusting for smoking, age, and…

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