Asthma Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Steriods, Asthma and Bones

    Steriods, Asthma and Bones

    Sometimes accepting some side effects can help prevent worse side effects. We know that when a child is having an ongoing asthma attack, taking oral steroids for a few days can help turn the corner by reducing swelling and inflammation in the airways.

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  • Indoor Air Quality

    Indoor Air Quality

    Creating a healthy home by reducing toxins and improving indoor air quality can have a direct effect on whether your child develops asthma. And in families already affected by the condition (as many as 10% of American children have asthma), the choices you make when purchasing home furnishings and cleaning agents can be as important […]

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  • DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema

    DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema

    Getting plenty of DHA, one of the important omega-3 fats found in breast milk, could help to prevent allergies, asthma, and eczema in young children. Dr. Eileen Birch, who has previously studied links between DHA and improved mental and visual development, followed 89 formula-fed children who received formula with or without DHA included.

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  • Vitamin D, Asthma, and Eczema

    Vitamin D, Asthma, and Eczema

    Kids who have low levels of vitamin D have a higher chance of asthma attacks, according to a study presented at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. This study is preliminary, at best, but the results are consistent with a growing number of papers looking at how vitamin […]

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  • Asthma, Numbers, and the Environment

    Asthma, Numbers, and the Environment

    Updated guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma from The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program emphasize objective measurements, tailored treatment plans, and environmental awareness. Objective measurements are the cornerstone of diagnosing and monitoring asthma.

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  • Mom’s Diet; Kid’s Asthma

    Mom’s Diet; Kid’s Asthma

    What Mom eats during pregnancy can help protect her children from asthma and allergies, according to a study released by Thorax in January 2008. In particular, elementary school kids whose mothers had followed a Mediterranean diet during their pregnancy were less likely to develop asthma or allergies. The peers of those fortunate children were about […]

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  • Eggs, Fish, Milk, Nuts, and Peanuts for Babies?!

    Eggs, Fish, Milk, Nuts, and Peanuts for Babies?!

    Get ready for some surprising recommendations. Eczema, asthma, and food allergies are all on the rise in children, each having more than doubled in the last several decades. This rapid increase has lead to many differing recommendations on the timing and selection of foods offered to babies, to err on the side of caution before […]

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  • Cows, Cats, Siblings, and Immune Health

    Cows, Cats, Siblings, and Immune Health

    Regular contact with farm animals is associated with a dramatically lower risk of a young child’s later developing an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC), according to a fascinating study in the August 2007 Pediatrics.

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  • The Asthma-Antibiotics Link

    The Asthma-Antibiotics Link

    Why should you care about this if asthma does not run in your family? For the last quarter century, asthma has been increasing rapidly in the industrialized world and has become one of the most important chronic illnesses of children. It’s unlikely that this recent increase has come from changes in children’s genes. Instead, changes […]

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  • Pregnancy, Diet, Asthma, and Eczema

    Pregnancy, Diet, Asthma, and Eczema

    What Mom eats during pregnancy appears able to help protect her kindergarten-aged child from asthma and eczema. A little over ten years ago, researchers at the University of Aberdeen proposed that the recent dramatic increase in asthma and related conditions in affluent societies might be partly do to the decline of antioxidants in the diet. […]

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