March 05, 2013

BPA exposure linked to kids’ asthma risk

  Children exposed to the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, may be at an increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests. During the study, kids who had greater exposure to BPA at ages 3, 5 and 7 were more likely to be diagnosed with asthma before age 12 than children who had less exposure….

February 28, 2013

Vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency associated with asthma

Vitamin D has effects on the innate and adaptive immune system. In asthmatic children low vitamin D levels are associated with poor asthma control, reduced lung function, increased medication intake, and exacerbations. Little is known about vitamin D in adult asthma patients or its association with asthma severity and control. For more about this, read…

February 26, 2013

How a little known virus can cause asthma in kids

  If I were a virus, I think I’d like to be Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).   What is that, you ask? Exactly my point.   Our lungs are the only organ in our body that is exposed to the filth of our environment. Because of this, our lungs have to fight off bacteria, viruses…

February 24, 2013

Asthma link to fungi in lungs

  Those who suffer from asthma may have a different mix of fungi in their lungs than those who do not, says a new study from researchers at the School of Medicine at Cardiff University in Wales.   For the study, lead researcher Hugo van Woerden and his team analyzed the fungi in mucus from…

February 19, 2013

CDC’s National Asthma Control Program

  Environmental Health   Your environment is everything around you—the air you breathe, the water you drink, the community you live in, the places where your food is grown or prepared, your workplace, and your home. When your environment is safe and healthy, you are more likely to stay healthy. But when your environment exposes…

February 06, 2013

CDC – Asthma Stats – % of People with Asthma who Smoke!

  Smoking rates are different from state to state. The percentage of people with asthma who smoke ranges from about 12% in Minnesota and Utah to about 32% in Kentucky. The states with the highest percentage of people with asthma who smoke are clustered in the Midwest and South regions.   CDC’s National Asthma Control…

February 05, 2013

Infertility and Childhood Asthma

  The study found that children born to parents who sought treatment for fertility issues were more likely to experience asthma, wheezing and to be taking asthma medication at the age of 5 than children who were conceived without medical intervention.    The researchers did not find that the parents’ infertility treatments caused asthma in…

February 03, 2013

Uses of Spirometry in Primary Care

  COPD   Spirometry is fundamental to making a diagnosis of COPD and a confident diagnosis of COPD can only be made with spirometry. However, there is no single diagnostic test for COPD. Making a diagnosis relies on clinical judgement based on a combination of history, physical examination and confirmation of the presence of airflow…