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Warning: Your job may give you asthma

By Charnicia Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Work-related asthma is fast becoming one of the most commonly diagnosed occupational respiratory diseases in this country, and people who work in certain industries may run a higher risk than others, new study findings show.

An analysis of survey responses from nearly 21,000 adults revealed that men and women who work in printing or publishing, furniture or lumber, health care, and entertainment and recreation, may be most likely to be diagnosed with asthma, as are those who work for automobile dealers and gas stations.


Irregular periods may up risk of asthma, hay fever

Thu May 26, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study suggests an association between irregular menstrual cycles and a heightened risk of asthma and hay fever in younger women. The finding adds weight to evidence suggesting that female hormones might have a role in the development of asthma and allergies.

Previous reports have suggested a disturbance in sex hormone levels among women with asthma. However, it is unclear if asthma and allergy were linked to irregular periods in a general population.


Drug Curbs Asthma Flares Tied to the Common Cold

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young children with occasional mild bouts of asthma triggered largely by catching the common cold may be helped by treatment with the asthma drug Singulair, results of a study show.

Singulair, a so-called controller asthma medication, is known to be effective in controlling persistent asthma in adults, school children and preschoolers.


Smelling Citrus Oils Prevents Asthma in Rats

Tue Dec 21, 2004

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A key ingredient in the aroma from citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons appears to protect rats from the symptoms of asthma, new research shows.

Study author Dr. Ehud Keinan explained that the citrus ingredient is called limonene, and it likely protects against asthma by "burning" inhaled ozone, which can increase inflammation in the lungs.


Mental Distress Linked with Asthma Flares

Mon Dec 13, 2004

By Anthony J. Brown, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Frequent mental distress is relatively common among adults with asthma and is associated with unhealthy behaviors that raise the risk of disease flare-ups, a new study has found. This suggests that doctors who treat asthma patients should not overlook their mental health status.


Asthma in UK Children Quadrupled Since 70s -Study

Tue Nov 30, 2004

LONDON (Reuters) - Asthma rates among UK children have quadrupled since the 1970s and more than doubled in the past decade, according to a study published on Wednesday.

More than 2,700 children have been involved in a 30-year research project, which has identified a major increase in asthma levels between 1973 and 2003.

Back in 1973, a project survey showed that 5.5 percent of children had been diagnosed with asthma.


Stress Quadruples Risk of Asthma Attacks in Children - Study

Tue Nov 23, 2004

LONDON (Reuters) - Children with asthma face quadruple the risk of an attack following stressful events in their lives, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Thorax.

Researchers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, studied 60 children between the ages of 6 and 13, who had suffered from asthma for at least three years.

The children were asked to keep daily records over 18 months of acute attacks and their breath strength.


Cats, Cockroaches, Dampness, Fungi Linked to Asthma

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Airborne fungi are increasingly being seen as a risk factor for asthma and now, new research indicates that high levels of such fungi are found in inner city homes with cats, cockroaches, and dampness problems.

The findings, which appear in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, are based on an evaluation of the homes of 414 mold-sensitive children with asthma. The subjects were drawn from seven urban communities in the US.