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Household Cleaners As Asthma Triggers
Leslie Carr

Cleaning sprays are hard on babies, especially if they are scented. They stay in the air for hours and are linked to childhood asthma. Read more >

E-Cigs Disappoint
Neil Wagner

E-cigarettes were supposed to help smokers quit. The problem is, they often don't, leaving smokers' lungs even more damaged. Read more >

Sidestepping Food Allergies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Exposing babies to foods like eggs, peanuts, shellfish, and milk early on makes kids less likely to go on to develop food allergies. Read more >

Breathe Easier in Two Days!
Neil Wagner

When air quality improves, the benefits for health -- especially breathing issues like asthma -- are nearly instantaneous. Read more >

Go Fish, Baby
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Giving kids fish starting at about a year old reduces the risk of asthma and eczema. And it's easy to do. Read more >

What If Doctors Prescribed Food?
Leslie Carr

When healthcare providers "prescribe" fruits and veggies and the means to obtain them to patients in need, health improves dramatically. Read more >

Preventing Peanut Allergies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Exposing infants to peanut proteins early is a good way to reduce their risk of an allergic reaction. Here's how to do it. Read more >

Big Tobacco's Failed Ad Campaign
Neil Wagner

When tobacco companies were ordered to pay for an ad campaign on the dangers of smoking, reaching vulnerable markets was not a priority. Read more >

Cleaner Air Cuts Kids' Asthma
Neil Wagner

There was a stunning drop in childhood asthma rates in the communities around Los Angeles after air pollution regulations were put in place. Read more >

Eating to Ease Asthma
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Certain foods lessen kids' asthma symptoms; others tend to make them worse. Read more >

Bug Bombs Bomb Out

A cockroach infestation is a health hazard. When it comes to exterminating the pests, one method is much more effective -- and safer. Read more >

Obesity and Childhood Asthma
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

About a quarter of all childhood asthma diagnoses may be completely avoidable. Parents just need to take action. Read more >

A Game-Changer for Asthma
Charlotte LoBuono

A medication approved for treating eczema appears to relieve asthma symptoms and could change the course of the disease. Read more >

Smoke Sticks Around
Neil Wagner

Cigarette smoke lasts a long time. Even decades-old thirdhand smoke can cause problems. Read more >

Lung-Repairing Nutrients
Esther Entin, M.D.

There are fruits that can improve lung function in ex-smokers, and they can also help never-smokers. Read more >

Turning Asthma Inside-Out
Neil Wagner

Few would have thought exposure to pets, dirt and cockroaches would reduce the threat of asthma, but it seems they do. Read more >

Beware Third-Hand Smoke
Esther Entin, M.D.

Even if you don't allow smoking around your kids, the toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke linger, affecting their health. Read more >

Is It Really Asthma?
Charlotte LoBuono

Many people prescribed asthma medication may not need it. Make sure you have been properly tested. Read more >

Toxic Dust
Neil Wagner

A study finds carcinogens and endocrine disruptors in household dust -- all over the country. Read more >

Houseplants Clear Indoor Air Pollution
Alice G. Walton

Houseplants can play an important role in air quality — as filters for common household chemicals. Read more >

Fertilizer for Babies
Charlotte LoBuono

Breast milk is a complex mix of over 200 sugars that gets newborns off to a strong start. Read more >

Asthma Attacks Follow School Breaks
Charlotte LoBuono

Children with asthma often end up in the hospital shortly after school vacations. There's a reason for this. Read more >

The Farm — And Dog — Effect
Alice G. Walton

When kids grow up with dogs (and cows or sheep), their risk of asthma is reduced. Read more >

Gut Microbes Give Babies A Leg Up On Asthma
Neil Wagner

Infants with a particular mix of microbes are less likely to develop asthma. Read more >

Managing Asthma
Cathy G. Benninger, RN, MS, CNP and Jennifer W. McCallister, MD, FACP, FCCP

Asthma's symptoms and severity can change, so management is an ongoing process. Read more >

Vitamin D in Health and Disease
Malcolm D. Kearns, M.D. and Vin Tangpricha, M.D., Ph.D.

Nearly half of the population is deficient in Vitamin D. Age, skin color and weight can put you at risk. Read more >

How Much is Too Much When You Have a Food Allergy?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If you have a food allergy, vague warnings tell you little about the actual risks. Here's help. Read more >

Rising Asthma Rates Appear Related to BPA Exposure
Sami Hocine

BPA may be behind the uptick in asthma among children. Read more >

The Health Benefits of Reducing Carbon Emissions Outweighs Their Cost
Charlotte LoBuono

The healthcare savings connected to clean air go a long way toward paying the costs of reducing carbon emissions. Read more >

Air Pollution Policies Lower Respiratory Disease Deaths in North Carolina
Charlotte LoBuono

When states improve air quality, death rates from asthma, emphysema, and pneumonia drop significantly. Read more >

Early Exposure to Allergens Can Boost Infant Immunity
Esther Entin, M.D.

When it comes to allergens and bacteria, early exposure may be better than no exposure. Read more >

New Guidelines to Help Prevent Food Allergy in Children
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

New guidelines recommend babies be gradually exposed to allergenic foods early to avoid wheat, egg, and other allergies. Read more >

Ash Borer Beetles Destroy More than Trees
Neil Wagner

Ash borer beetles have killed 100 million trees. The impact on health is also serious. Read more >

Eating More Fast Food Is Linked to Kids' Risk for Asthma and Eczema
Alice G. Walton

Eczema and asthma have been linked to fast food consumption in kids. Another reason rates are soaring. Read more >

Dogs May Protect Against Asthma
Neil Wagner

Having a dog around the house may help children develop the microbes they need to fight off RSV... Read more >

Home Visits for Asthma: Healthcare that Works
Neil Wagner

For kids with asthma and their parents, home healthcare visits save time and money... Read more >

The Overuse of Allergy Tests
Neil Wagner

Many allergy tests are unnecessary. It helps to know what they show and what they don't. Read more >

Asthma Linked to Cockroach Exposure
Neil Wagner

A study of middle-income kids with and without asthma found that cockroaches are a factor in asthma Read more >

Children with Asthma Prescribed Antibiotics, Contrary to Guidelines
Neil Wagner

Nearly a million kids a year are prescribed antibiotics for asthma, another unnecessary use. But why Read more >

Study Finds Asthma Pills About as Effective as Inhaled Steroids
Neil Wagner

When it comes to asthma treatment, one size does not fit all. Discuss options with your doctor. Read more >

You Can Learn CPR in 60 Seconds
Neil Wagner

Learning the basics of CPR - call 911, perform 100 chest compressions a minute until EMTs arrive - can save a life. Read more >

Too Clean? Chemical in Antibacterial Soap Linked to Allergies in Kids
Alice G. Walton

A chemical in antibacterial soap is linked to more allergies in kids, suggesting that a little moderation may be good. Read more >

Acetaminophen Use and Asthma: Is There a Connection?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Does taking this common painkiller disrupt the body's inflammatory response and provoke asthma? Read more >

Think You're Safe with Just a Cigarette a Day? Think Again
Alice G. Walton

Smoking just one cigarette a day, or being around smokers, can lead to damage to your airways. Read more >

Lack of Vitamin D May Aggravate Asthma
Neil Wagner

Children with insufficient vitamin D are more likely to experience severe asthma attacks... Read more >

High-Fat Meals May Impair Breathing, Worsen Asthma
Neil Wagner

High fat meals appear to increase inflammation and decrease lung function. Blame immune responses. Read more >

Asthma Medications: New Guidelines Improve Safety
Esther Entin, M.D.

Short-acting beta agonists (SABAs) act by helping the muscles in the air passages of the lungs to relax and re-expand. Read more >

Mothers' Diet Can Lower the Risk of Eczema, Wheezing in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

What a woman eats when pregnant and breastfeeding can reduce her child's chances of asthma and eczema. Read more >

Early Daycare and Childhood Asthma: Are They Related?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Daycare may actually lower the risk of developing asthma even though it may raise the risk of infection. Read more >

Researchers Uncover Why Dietary Fiber Supports Immune System Health
Alice G. Walton

Scientists have recently discovered why fiber is so good for the immune system. The answer lies in the by-products of the breakdown of fiber. Read more >

Caffeine Works Just as Well as Albuterol Inhaler, New Study Says
Alice G. Walton

High doses of caffeine can help prevent exercise-induced asthma. Read more >

Tongue and Throat Exercises Help Ease Sleep Apnea
Alice G. Walton

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of the nighttime sleep disorder. Read more >

Gradual Exposure to Peanut Protein May Help Develop Tolerance to Allergy
Alice G. Walton

Giving children with peanut allergies tiny amounts of peanut protein can help build tolerance over time. Read more >

More Evidence That Broccoli Really Is Good for You
Alice G. Walton

Broccoli contains a substance, sulforaphane, that appears to protect airway cells. It may serve as the basis for a new treatment for allergies... Read more >

Eating Cake May Help Children Kick an Allergy to Eggs
Alice G. Walton

Egg allergies are very common in children, but overcoming them may be as simple as exposing kids to small portions of cooked egg. Read more >

Greening Cities May Reduce Childhood Asthma
Tom Gilbert

The lack of trees in urban areas may be behind the rising rates of asthma there. Read more >

Cleaning Products and Your Child's Lungs
Tom Gilbert

Using strong cleaning products while pregnant may put your child at risk for breathing problems. Read more >

Asthma and College Athletes
Tom Gilbert

A significant number of athletes suffer from undiagnosed exercise-induced asthma. Read more >

Cars & Childhood Asthma

Some children are genetically predisposed to develop breathing problems when exposed to environmental toxins. Read more >

Pot Worse for Lungs than Cigarettes
Tom Gilbert

Of all the nonsense believed by members of the drug culture, among the most ridiculous is the idea that smoking marijuana has no effect on the lungs. Read more >

New Ideas on Allergies and Asthma
Tom Gilbert

Well-intentioned efforts to protect us from our environment may, in fact, have contributed to a modern epidemic of allergies and asthma. Read more >

Vaccine Gives Hay Fever Relief
Tom Gilbert

Researchers have successfully used an experimental DNA-based vaccine to protect against ragweed allergies, commonly known as hay fever, after just six injections. Read more >

Summer Stings and Bites
Tom Gilbert

Bees, ticks and other summertime afflictions. What to do. Read more >

No Particulate Place to Go
Tom Gilbert

Tips to help urban athletes breathe easier. Read more >

Not By Breast Alone
Tom Gilbert

Giving breastfed babies a bit of solid food may help ward off food allergies. Read more >

Stress and Allergy
Rosalind J. Wright, M.D., M.P.H., and Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D

Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you're having a really tough day, you sneeze a lot and your skin feels itchier? It's not a coincidence, your emotions may have been the trigger. Read more >

Calling It Quits

The first two weeks of any person's attempt to quit smoking are critical. Read more >

Tuberculosis: The Comeback Bug
E. Neil Schachter, M.D.

Tuberculosis, the ancient killer, once known as the "White Plague," was, at least in wealthy, medically advanced countries, on its way to extinction, thanks to antibiotics. Read more >

Asthma in the Inner City: An Unnecessary Epidemic?
Tom Gilbert

Asthma is under-diagnosed among inner city middle school children and may require rethinking our social priorities. Read more >

How Best to Manage Your Asthma
E. Neil Schachter, M.D.

Though asthma medicine is not generally recommended for pregnant women, the greatest risk to the fetus is a mother's uncontrolled asthma. Read more >

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