Preventing Asthma
    August 30, 2005
    Preventing Asthma

    Asthma is the leading serious chronic illness in children. More than 6 million children suffer from asthma in the United States alone. Steps parents take before their baby’s birth and during the fir…

    Outgrowing Asthma: Part Two
    March 14, 2005
    Outgrowing Asthma: Part Two

    I was diagnosed with hay fever and asthma as a child, but outgrew them both. Researchers at McMaster University followed more than 1,000 children born in New Zealand in the early 1970's. About 1/3 of …

    Breathing for Two
    February 7, 2005
    Breathing for Two

    What happens when women with asthma get pregnant? Does their asthma get better or worse? Should they use more asthma medicines when pregnant? Or less? How does the asthma itself affect their babies? T…

    Outgrowing Asthma
    February 3, 2005
    Outgrowing Asthma

    Some kids with childhood asthma will outgrow it completely; for some the asthma will improve, but not go away; for others, the asthma will get worse. Do allergy shots make a difference in which kids w…

    Outgrowing Asthma and Allergy Shots
    February 3, 2005
    Outgrowing Asthma and Allergy Shots

    Some kids with childhood asthma will outgrow it completely; for some the asthma will improve, but not go away; for others, the asthma will get worse. Do allergy shots make a difference in which kids w…

    A Gift from the EPA
    December 20, 2004
    A Gift from the EPA

    The percentage of people with asthma has doubled in the last decade, and quadrupled since 1973. Asthma has become the most common chronic medical condition in children. To help those with asthma, alle…

    Stress, Asthma, and 6 Weeks Later!
    December 6, 2004
    Stress, Asthma, and 6 Weeks Later!

    Bouts of asthma come and go, brought on by various triggers. How might stressful life events affect asthma attacks? To find out, researchers tracked the frequency and severity of asthma attacks in sch…

    Airplanes, Oxygen, and Children
    November 8, 2004
    Airplanes, Oxygen, and Children

    In just a few hours, I will be boarding another airplane. Typically, commercial airplanes fly at an altitude of about 38,000 feet. The cabin is pressurized to make it safe and comfortable at that extr…

    Breastfeeding and Asthma
    September 21, 2004
    Breastfeeding and Asthma

    Asthma in children is increasing around the globe. It's not unusual for it to be a country's number one reason for a child to be hospitalized. Researchers from Australia (a continent where asthmais th…

    Beyond Medicine For Asthma
    September 15, 2004
    Beyond Medicine For Asthma

    Changes in the home environment can be as powerful as medications in treating asthma, according to an exciting study in the September 9, 2004 New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers in the Inner-…

    Crippling Our Children
    September 12, 2004
    Crippling Our Children

    What can take otherwise vibrant, healthy teens and permanently give them the lung capacities of 50-year-olds? Air pollution! Perhaps spare the air days should be called spare the children days. The ai…

    Common Fumes Cause Asthma?
    August 26, 2004
    Common Fumes Cause Asthma?

    Could it be that how you clean or how you decorate your home might influence whether your child develops asthma? Could the smell of new wall-to-wall carpets be linked to asthma risk? A provocative stu…

    Genetics, Smoke, and Asthma
    July 12, 2004
    Genetics, Smoke, and Asthma

    Not all kids are affected the same way by exposure to smoke in their environments. Tobacco smoke is a complex mixture of toxic gases and toxic particles, over 4000 chemicals in all. Repeated exposure …

    Unexpected Pet Hair
    July 9, 2004
    Unexpected Pet Hair

    Dog and cat allergens are found in almost all US homes, whether or not dogs or cats live there. The highest concentrations are found on sofas, especially upholstered sofas. The National Institute of E…

    Early Multivitamins, Asthma, and Food Allergies
    July 7, 2004
    Early Multivitamins, Asthma, and Food Allergies

    We know that the first months of life are a very impressionable time when it comes to the developing immune system. Even brief breastfeeding in the first few months of life, for instance, may give lon…

    Inhaled Steroids and Pregnancy
    March 10, 2004
    Inhaled Steroids and Pregnancy

    Asthma is becoming more and more common at all ages, now affecting more than 20 million Americans (including more than 5 million children). What do we know about managing asthma in pregnancy? Inhaled …

    Carrots, Oranges, Garlic, Oats, Walnuts and Asthma
    February 10, 2004
    Carrots, Oranges, Garlic, Oats, Walnuts and Asthma

    Although childhood asthma has been increasing in recent years, children with higher blood levels of important antioxidant nutrients are less likely to develop asthma, according to a large study in the…

    Asthma, Steroids, Growth, and Height
    February 2, 2004
    Asthma, Steroids, Growth, and Height

    If children take standard amounts of inhaled steroids to prevent asthma flare-ups, do they end up shorter than their peers? We know that conventional doses of inhaled steroids can slow the rate of gro…

    Keeping Kids Out of Hospitals
    November 14, 2003
    Keeping Kids Out of Hospitals

    Up to 46 percent of the times that kids wind up admitted to a hospital, it could have been easily prevented, according to a study in the November 2003 Pediatrics. The researchers followed hundreds of …

    Every Parent Whose Child Has Asthma Should Hear
    October 1, 2003
    Every Parent Whose Child Has Asthma Should Hear

    A simple flu shot for every child with asthma could prevent 100,000 hospitalizations this year in the U.S. alone, according to an analysis by the American Lung Association released on September 18, 20…