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Allergy, Asthma Drug Labels OK for Kids - Panel

Wed Sep 15, 2004

ROCKVILLE, Md. (Reuters) - Warning labels for certain steroid-based allergy and asthma drugs provide sufficient warnings about potential side effects -- including stunted growth -- in children and teenagers, a U.S. panel of medical experts concluded on Wednesday.

The Food and Drug Administration advisory panel reviewed safety information related to several allergy and asthma drugs, including GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Advair, Flonase and Flovent and AstraZeneca Plc's Pulmicort/Rhinocort.


Common Household Cleaners Can Trigger Asthma

Aug. 25, 2004 -- Two new Australian studies show that many common household cleaners and appliances give off fumes, which can potentially increase the risk of developing asthma in children.

Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease in the developed world. It has become more common in the last 30 years.

Most children who develop asthma have symptoms before they are 5 years old. It results in narrowing and inflammation of the airways in response to a trigger, which makes breathing difficult.


Asthma Linked to Heightened Risk of COPD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a 20-year study, people with asthma were about 12 times more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than people who did not have asthma, according to a new report.

"For many years, asthma and COPD have been regarded as distinct conditions, with separate clinical courses," lead author Graciela E. Silva, from the University of Arizona in Tucson, said in a statement.


Asthma Often Does Not Go Away as Kids Get Older

By Will Boggs, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Contrary to the commonly held view, asthma does not remit during adolescence in many cases, according to a new study.

"Complete remission of asthma in adolescence and adulthood is less common than commonly believed," lead author Dr. Stefano Guerra from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, told Reuters Health.

"Our findings are consistent with those from other longitudinal cohorts showing that more severe asthma cases are the ones less likely to remit in adulthood," he added


Asthma Not Worsened by Continued Trigger Exposure

Mon Jan 19, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - You might think that people with asthma that's triggered by a specific environmental compound would have to avoid that environment, otherwise their asthma would get worse and worse.

Not so, it seems.

Asthma does not appear to worsen in patients with continued exposure to the causative agent -- as long as treatment with steroids and long-acting bronchodilators is maintained, physicians in Italy report.

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Asthma and Adolescents

Sept. 11, 2003

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Taking an asthma inhaler is often the last thing on the mind of a teenager, even one who is coughing or wheezing regularly. Adolescents are often more concerned with their schoolwork and social life than their medication. But it's important that adolescents maintain their asthma therapy, because untreated asthma can severely affect one's ability to lead an active life. Complicating matters, teens are less apt to notice symptoms, which can include daytime sleepiness and poor athletic performance.


Fat puts squeeze on asthma

By Leigh Parry

July 1, 2003 

A diet rich in milk fat could help prevent asthma in children, according to a Dutch study.

Researchers studied the diet of nearly 3000 Dutch children aged two years and related it to asthma symptoms at age three.

They found three year olds who at full cream milk and butter daily had less asthma and wheeze rates were also lower in those children.

Children who ate brown bread also had lower asthma and wheeze rates.

The authors said the results showed daily intake of foods with milk fat could help protect against asthma.


Asthma and asthmatics

The following article gives information about the very uncomfortable

condition of asthma. It is true that modern society and pollution has increased asthma levels around the world but you can fight back and help your body increase is defences against asthma. As part of our regular newsletter there will be examples of successful alternative treatments.

Asthma is a condition in which the muscles of the bronchi (the air tubes of the lung) contract in spasm, obstructing the flow of air and making breathing out, in particular, very difficult.


In Some, Throat Clearing First Sign of Asthma

Fri Apr 11, 2003

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New findings suggest that the first sign of asthma in a child may be simple throat-clearing.

University of Crete researchers looked at a group of children who, according to their parents, often cleared their throats.

About 58 percent of those children had not been diagnosed with asthma. Half of the undiagnosed children underwent tests of lung function, and the results showed that those youngsters did, in fact, have the condition.


Eating Oily Fish May Reduce Risk of Asthma

By Pat Hagan

LONDON (Reuters Health) - Eating oily fish like salmon of mackerel regularly may reduce the risk of asthma symptoms, according to new British research.

A study by public health experts at the University of Cambridge suggests regular consumption of fish like salmon, mackerel and herring can have a protective effect. It is the latest evidence that diet is important in determining who is most at risk of developing asthma, and adds to the list of benefits ascribed to fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids.