Asthma

We've known for a long time that if a woman is obese during pregnancy she'll be more likely to experience problems such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and to have unusually large babies. But we're now learning more about the health consequences for the offspring. A recent review of studies in The Lancet/Diabetes Endocrinology found links between maternal obesity and negative effects on a child's health.

As part of a series in that journal, Drs Keith M. Godfrey and ...

Inside Science reported last week on a presentation at the American Economic Association by Emilia Simeonova with the entrancing title of Congestion Pricing and Children’s Health. New York City ranks 39th in the world, after our fellow cities of Los Angeles (10th) and San Francisco (31st) regarding traffic congestion, at least based on travel times.

Asthma the world’s most common disease for children is not completely understood. As the World Health Organization...

Dr. Henry Heimlich, thoracic surgeon and creator of the famed maneuver that saves people from choking to death, died at the age of 96.  

In his own words, he best elucidates the profound nature of this triumph: 

“What makes the Heimlich Maneuver particularly special is this: it is accessible to everyone.  Because of its simplicity—and the fact that it works when performed correctly—just about anyone can save a life.  Each of us can save the life of a stranger, a neighbor, a spouse, or a child.  And it can happen anywhere—in restaurants, homes, ballparks—you name it.  You see, you don’t have to be a doctor to save a life.  You just have to have knowledge and the instinct to respond in a  crisis.”

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The famous singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, as per his manager Robert B. Kory’s statement, “died during his sleep following a fall in the middle of the night on November 7th.  The death was sudden, unexpected, and peaceful.” 

Ironically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released their estimates of preventable deaths from the five leading causes.  With preventable cancer, stroke and heart disease deaths down, it is unintentional injuries that surged 23% —mainly due to drug poisoning and falls.  

Entertainment Weekly reported “According to recent interviews with the New Yorker, Cohen battled cancer and came to...

Despite the introduction of inhaled powder disks for prophylaxis of asthma, the disease remains a serious problem for many people. In the US alone, more than 24 million Americans suffer from asthma, and about 3600 people will die from it every year.

There hasn't been a novel asthma pill in two decades (1). That may be about to change.

Advair, the first dry powder inhaler, which contains a combination of an anti-inflammatory steroid and a long acting beta agonist (LABA) (2), was a wonder drug for many people. In addition to cutting ED visits by children (graph below), the annual death rate of older asthmatics ...

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A new study receiving a great deal of media attention suggests that asthma medication given to infants and babies may limit a child's future height. The researchers presented their findings at the 54th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting in Barcelona, Spain.

The scientists investigated 12,000 Finnish babies and found that those who had inhaled corticosteroids before their second birthday were consistently unable to meet the average height for their age.

Specifically,...

bacteria-texture-1161974-639x424Our microbiome begins developing at birth and stays with us for life. Many events can alter our microbiome, such as a change in diet, weight loss or weight gain, being born via a cesarian section and undergoing antibiotic therapy. Human genetics also significantly shape our microbiome.

The consequences that these microorganisms have on our overall health are currently being examined at a much higher rate than at any other time....

FDA Stamp of ApprovalRecently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers and pharmacies not to rely on over-the-counter asthma products labeled as homeopathic. In their alert, they write:

Asthma is a serious, chronic lung condition. If asthma is not appropriately treated and managed, patients may have wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing, and could be at risk for life-threatening asthma attacks that may require emergency care or hospitalization. Although there is...

bpaA recent study examining the association between prenatal BPA (bisphenol-A) exposure and lung function has been making headlines, often with titles similar to BPA linked to asthma. However, the actual study is about as bad as they come. You can just as easily conclude anything about BPA exposure and lung function as you can who will win the All Star Game in 2019.

The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, examined whether pre- and post-natal BPA exposure was associated with lung function in children at 4 and 5 years old. BPA exposure was measured...

867805_11500968The hygiene hypothesis states that lack of exposure to germs and other immunogenic substances at a young age interferes with natural development of the immune system in the child and consequently an increase in conditions related to the immune system such as asthma. In short, children may be raised in environments that are, paradoxically, too clean. A new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that inner city children exposed...