Moms-to-be, if you have asthma, you are at risk of giving birth to underweight babies

Moms-to-be, if you have asthma, you are at risk of giving birth to underweight babies

Asthma is a chronic disease affecting some 235 million people around the world. According to a recent study, asthma increases the risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery as the patients suffer more often from preeclampsia (PE) and run a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies. These and other complications during pregnancy and delivery cannot be explained by hereditary or environmental factors, says study. Asthma is a common disease caused by chronic inflammation in the lungs with symptoms of coughing and breathlessness. Using data from the Swedish birth, prescribed drug and…

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Top health news of the week: 5 study results that help you fight asthma, breathe easy

Top health news of the week: 5 study results that help you fight asthma, breathe easy

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. That it is a significant problem in India is evident from the statistics: The sales of anti-asthma medicines in India went up 43% over the past four years, shows market data, with 2016 marking a 15% growth in anti-asthma prescriptions across children and adults. Despite the statistics, there are ways to prevent asthma and certain things can help you cope better. Here’s a round-up of research…

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Climate Change Ups Asthma Deaths, to Rise by 20% if Steps Are Not Taken

Climate Change Ups Asthma Deaths, to Rise by 20% if Steps Are Not Taken

In the recent years, much has been spoken about climate change and its devastating effect on the planet. On a day-to-day basis we may not notice the consequences of climate change, but various phenomenons are occurring in the natural environment in more ways than we can imagine. And these changes are also impacting our health, respiratory diseases being seen most commonly than ever before. India will see a 20 per cent rise in asthma-related deaths in the next 10 years if urgent steps to curb climate change and prepare for…

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Shocking: Zero Pollution and Clean Water May Increase Asthma Risk in Kids

Shocking: Zero Pollution and Clean Water May Increase Asthma Risk in Kids

Pollution has almost become a way of life, particularly in India. We are so used to it that we don’t think of it as a serious threat to our lives. The capital city New Delhi is considered to be the most polluted city in the world, and the consequences of it are evident with cases of respiratory diseases going up rapidly over the years. It is a serious concern and we need to make a conscious effort to prevent its health risks. Perhaps packing our bags and heading to a…

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Having Sleepless Nights? You May Be at Risk of Asthma

Having Sleepless Nights? You May Be at Risk of Asthma

Don’t be all wish for a good night’s sleep to take away the tiredness? We wish it even while working, commuting, being stuck on deadlines, etc. Good sleep doesn’t come easy for all. In this competitive world, stress is everywhere; right from home, to the office and even on weekends. Continuous stress and mental burden from work and society leads to poor sleeping habits, often referred to as Insomnia. If you are an insomniac, having poor sleep quality or facing difficulties in maintaining good sleep, we suggest you take some…

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Childhood Asthma May Up Obesity Risk: Study

Childhood Asthma May Up Obesity Risk: Study

If your child is suffering from asthma, they may be at higher obesity risk later in childhood or adolescence according to this new study. In fact, asthmatic children were 51 per cent more likely to become obese over the next decade in comparison to those who did not have asthma in which a person’s airways become inflamed. “Early diagnosis and treatment of asthma may help prevent the childhood obesity epidemic,” said Frank D. Gilliland, Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) in the US. Although, the researchers are unclear…

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Cured meats linked to worsening asthma symptoms

Cured meats linked to worsening asthma symptoms

Eating large amounts of cured meats was linked to worse symptoms among asthma sufferers, a French study found. That was true even after taking obesity into account, the authors say. So-called cured meats have been preserved and flavored by the addition of various combinations of salt, nitrates, nitrites, and sugar. Examples of such processed meats include bacon, ham, prosciutto, corned beef, pastrami, and pepperoni. “Cured meat intake, a typical food in industrialized societies, has been associated with many chronic diseases, including lung cancer and COPD, but its association with asthma…

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Vitamin D-Deficient Kids Likely to Develop Asthma, Allergies

Vitamin D-Deficient Kids Likely to Develop Asthma, Allergies

Australian researchers have found that children with vitamin D deficiency were more likely to develop asthma and other allergies later in life. Researchers from Western Australia’s Telethon Kids Institute tracked vitamin D levels from birth to age 10 in Perth and found that children were at high risk of developing asthma and allergies as they grew older if they lacked the nutrient at a young age, Xinhua news agency reported. The findings also showed that repeated bouts of vitamin D deficiency in early childhood were linked to higher rates of…

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Baby’s Gut Microbiome Influences Risk of Allergy, Asthma

Baby’s Gut Microbiome Influences Risk of Allergy, Asthma

The microbes living in a baby’s gut within its first month of birth may directly impact the developing immune system as well as lead to a higher risk of allergies and asthma later in the childhood, finds a study. Gut microbes play a key role in processing dietary components such as fats, giving them a powerful influence over whether anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory molecules end up in the gut, the researchers said. The findings showed that one-month-old infants without anti-inflammatory lipids possessed abnormally high levels of resident fungal species. These infants…

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Food Allergies Linked to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids

Food Allergies Linked to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids

The higher the number of food allergies a child might have, the greater is his or her risk of developing asthma and allergic rhinitis during childhood, new research has found. “Of the major food allergens, allergy to peanut, milk and egg significantly predisposed children to asthma and allergic rhinitis,” said lead researcher David Hill from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the US. The study is a retrospective analysis of the electronic health records of more than one million urban and suburban children in the CHOP Care Network from…

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