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Cleaning Supplies and Asthma
July 20, 2021

Chemicals Found in Common Household Products Increase Asthma Risk

Commonly-used household products should carry a warning that they increase the risk of asthma, according to a new evidence review. New research conducted by Smartline, a research project funded by the European Regional Development Fund, finds evidence that a group of chemicals found in a wide range of products in people’s homes increases the risk…

Cleaning Supplies and Asthma
Anxiety COPD
June 30, 2021

Anxiety Treatments Can Help People with COPD Breathe a Little Easier

Cognitive behavioral therapy can help people with COPD deal with the anxiety associated with breathing difficulties. Relaxation techniques are among the therapies people with COPD can use for anxiety. Imagine not being able to breathe easily. You’d probably be a little anxious. That’s what happens to many of the 12 million adults in the United States…

Anxiety COPD
Smoking Study
June 07, 2021

Over 1.5 Million People Need Social Care Because of Smoking

A new report [1] published by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) shows that, on average, smokers in England need care when they are 63, ten years sooner than non-smokers. The analysis, by Landman Economics for ASH, finds that 1.5 million people need help with everyday tasks, such as dressing, walking across a room and…

Smoking Study
Telemedicine
May 12, 2021

Study Identifies Key Factors Affecting Patient Willingness to Use eHealth Tools in COPD

Specific factors, such as experience with technology and health literacy, were key drivers of whether a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) would benefit or be likely to use eHealth tools to improve self-management skills, investigators concluded. Motivation, comfortability with technology, and health literacy levels are the key factors influencing whether patients with chronic…

Telemedicine
COPD Black Grant
April 20, 2021

Study of Lung Health Among Blacks Earns CHEST Foundation Grant

Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) have been awarded a $30,000 CHEST Foundation Research Grant to study racial differences in lung health among smokers, with an emphasis on African Americans. Lung function is an important health indicator and can be compromised by various factors, the most important of which…

COPD Black Grant
Asthma Covid Study
April 07, 2021

Asthma Health Visits Decrease During COVID-19

Even as COVID-19 was correlated with worse outcomes for people with asthma, the number of people receiving care for asthmatic episodes decreased during the pandemic, according to three studies published in Thorax. Two focused on the United Kingdom, the first a study in England comparing general practitioner (GP) visits and hospital admissions, and the other…

Asthma Covid Study
HIV and Smoking Cessation
March 24, 2021

Higher Smoking Prevalence Among People with HIV in Almost All World Regions

People living with HIV are approximately two-thirds more likely to be current tobacco smokers than HIV-negative individuals, according to the findings of a global meta-analysis published in AIDS. Elevated smoking prevalence was observed in both men and women with HIV and in all world regions except the Western Pacific. “This systematic review and meta-analysis is…

HIV and Smoking Cessation
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
March 03, 2021

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Rollout Begins in U.S. as COVID-19 Cases Tick Up

Johnson & Johnson has begun shipping nearly 4 million doses of its newly authorized COVID-19 vaccine across the U.S., officials said Monday, and is expected to further scale up supply in the coming weeks and months. “We think literally within about the next 24 to 48 hours, Americans should start receiving shots in arms,” Alex…

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine