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Environmental factors that increase asthma risk and symptoms: studies

A few studies published in 2013 have revealed various environmental factors which increase asthma risk as well as elevate the severity of its symptoms. These included exposure to traffic pollution, wood smoke, cleaning chemicals, as well as other materials at the workplace.

Woman gets rid of asthma and allergies with raw food diet

When Jenni, who worked in a factory in her late teens, was convinced that she was having a heart attack, doctors informed her that she had developed asthma. Fortunately, her heart was not in trouble, but her ability to breathe easy was. Turns out, the dusty conditions and poor air quality at her workplace contributed to her diagnosis.

Raw foods and juicing completely stopped young child's asthma

At only three years old, Desiree was plagued by constant wheezing which doctors diagnosed as asthma. In addition to using a rescue inhaler, she was eventually put on a daily dose of steroids and medications. Still, she was hospitalized on a regular basis. Her mother recalls how nearly every asthma-triggering scenario, from proximity to cats to developing a few hiccups, would land Desiree in the hospital for up to five days.

Vinyl flooring linked to asthma in children

Children who lived in homes with vinyl floors were more likely to develop asthma than children who lived in homes with other types of flooring, according to a new study conducted in Sweden. The association was strongest for children whose parents had vinyl flooring in their bedrooms during pregnancy.

Having a family dog helps children build immunity against allergies, asthma

Children who grow up in families that include a dog, or to a lesser extent a cat, are less likely to suffer infections, allergies, asthma, and other common childhood ailments, according to a new study. Published in the journal Pediatrics, the new research highlights the importance of early exposure among children to germs, dirt, and other forms of "uncleanliness" for the purpose of building strong immunity.

10 amazing 'superfoods' that can help fight asthma naturally

An inflammatory condition of the lungs that afflicts roughly 25 million Americans; asthma is one of the most common allergy-triggered immune diseases of modern times. But a life marked by frequent and unexpected asthma attacks does not have to be the norm, especially if asthma sufferers make a conscious effort to incorporate anti-asthma "superfoods" into their normal diet. Here are 10 amazing superfoods that can help fight asthma naturally:

Chemical BPA linked to increase of childhood asthma

Here we go again. Yet another new study has linked the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) -- widely found in plastic products, food can liners and even food receipts -- to a serious health problem. Meanwhile, although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups last July, the agency continues to do little else about this potentially dangerous additive other than issuing statements saying the FDA is continuing to study the issue of BPA safety.