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April 06, 2014

Smoking Ban Reduces pre-term births, childhood asthma

On Friday, March 28, 2014, researchers stated that bans on smoking in public and the workplace led to a 10 percent drop in premature births and in emergency asthma treatment for children.   The evidence, based on the records of more than two million children, comes from 11 published investigations into the impact of local…

March 28, 2014

Removing mold may reduce adult asthma risk

Reuters Health reports that mold exposure in the home raises the risk of asthma symptoms, researchers found.  Men were especially vulnerable after recent exposure to visible mold.   “The mold exposure that we were talking about is the typical mold that we all see in our homes from time to time, that is, mold that…

March 23, 2014

Doctors are Missing Chances to Diagnose COPD Earlier

A retrospective study of almost 39,000 patients shows that opportunities to diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at an earlier stage are frequently being missed in both primary and secondary care in the UK. The findings, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, reveal missed opportunities to diagnose COPD occurred in up to 85 percent of…

March 16, 2014

Secondhand Smoke Could Cancel out Asthma Treatment

It isn’t rocket science that parents should not be smoking at home with children that suffer from asthma.  A new study finds, that secondhand smoke may be counteracting the effects of the child’s asthma treatment.   The study, published in the journal Chest, finds that the oxidants in cigarette smoke were shown to be capable…

March 09, 2014

CO Poisoning: How to Measure

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.  It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, such as coal, wood, oil, propane, and natural gas.  Other sources of CO are products and equipment such as cars, lawn mowers, portable generators and power washers.  In addition, Smokers and Firefighters have extreme exposure…

March 05, 2014

What are the risks of asthma in boys?

According to a September, 2012 report by the American Lung Association (ALA), 7.1 million children had asthma in 2011, with the prevalence being between the ages of 5-11.  The report additionally showed that boys were 16% more likely to develop asthma than girls.  Why is that and what does it mean for parents and practitioners,…

March 01, 2014

Early Intervention Lowers Asthma in Pregnant Women

In an original study at Monash University, Australia, for Multidisciplinary Approach to Management of Maternal Asthma (MAMMA), it was found that early intervention to better manage the asthmatic condition in a pregnant women can statistically and clinically control their asthma.   Intervening through monthly asthma education, monitoring, feedback, and follow-up helped yield better asthma control…

February 23, 2014

Spirometry is Good Business

Spirometry is the gold standard for the diagnosis and management of both Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD).  The earlier you detect the disease and its state; the easier and faster you can treat your patients.   Spirometry is good medicine.  The patients you see every day in your office can be correctly diagnosed…