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Kids with asthma at greatest risk from EV-D68 Special

Toronto - Parents of children with asthma should ensure that their asthma is well controlled to avoid potential complications from contact with the respiratory virus EV-D68, according to the Ontario Lung Association.

Enterovirus spreading among U.S. children

A previously rare respiratory virus is landing hundreds of children in hospitals across the U.S. Worryingly, it is unknown why the virus seems to only cause severe illness in children.

Top tips for asthma care Special

Asthma can be a difficult condition, especially in the young, and a number of factors can trigger the condition. To help children with asthma, Digital Journal spoke with a leading medic.

Surgeon reveals link between household chemicals and lung cancer Special

Many household and cleaning products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs released when using cleaning supplies contribute to chronic respiratory problems.

A high fibre diet may help ward off asthma Special

We know that a diet high in fibre can help improve irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, and possibly colon cancer, but what about non-gastrointestinal conditions? In a new study, scientists have shown that fibre can help guard against asthma.

Op-Ed: Is fracking dangerous to human health? Special

Four states — Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Texas — have confirmed that hydraulic fracturing, also called "fracking," has caused water pollution near oil and gas wells.

Improving pollen forecasting

Possible hope for hay fever suffers: a new approach for measuring the properties and spread of airborne pollen, aimed at improving the forecasting of this natural allergen has been published.

Woman sleeps with dead husband's corpse for over a year

Brussels - Authorities in Belgium made a disturbing discovery when they came across an elderly widow who had been sleeping beside her dead husband's mummified body since November of last year.

New finding offers clues about emerging asthma

Data suggests that a common blood-clotting protein plays a role in allergic asthma. The protein interacts with the immune system triggering respiratory attacks.

Fungi offer new clues for asthma treatment

Cardiff - From a review of fungal particles found in the lungs of asthma sufferers, scientists think that they have the foundations for developing new treatments.

Dangerous chemicals persist in U.S. homes

Chemicals banned years ago are still present in many U.S. homes according to a new report. These chemicals were used to make flame resistant fabrics for couches.

Research explores bullying of asthmatic kids

While bullying of children with a chronic condition is common, according to a new study presented at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Vienna, there are several factors that explain why such kids are at a greater risk of bullying.

Smoking and respiratory risks

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy could be creating respiratory problems for their children during their early life; new research from Sweden has shown.

Food allergies can kill

Toronto - When Mayor Rob Ford went to hospital earlier this week was it because of a food allergy? It's been reported that Ford was suffering from asthma because of something that he ate.

Thousands in India swallow live fish medicine to cure asthma

Hyderabad - About 70,000 people afflicted with asthma and breathing problems thronged a stadium in southern India to swallow live sardine or murrel fish treated with a secret herbal concoction they believe will cure their breathing problems.

Teenagers living in the countryside have lower rates of asthma

Helsinki - A Finnish study suggests that increasing urbanization, and lower exposure to nature, has led to increased rates of allergies and asthma in children. A possible warning sign about changing lifestyles.

Study: Vitamin C can help asthmatic children

Researchers now say vitamin C could help children suffering from asthma, but how much depends on severity and exposure to environmental triggers.

Man presumed dead, wakes in morgue

A grandfather in the town of Libode in the Transkei, South Africa, woke up in a morgue after his family presumed he was dead.

Asthma and allergies linked to childhood paracetamol use

Recent studies have found there is a connection between giving paracetamol to young children and the development of asthma and allergy symptoms.

Can Facebook cause asthma attacks?

Naples - Italian doctors warn that Facebook could trigger an asthma attack in some users of the social networking giant who are already susceptible to shortness of breath in stressful situations.

Study: Taste receptors found in the lungs

In a recent study, researchers from the University of Maryland found taste receptors in the lungs. This is a breakthrough for people with asthma and COPD.

Canadian asthmatics think disease under control despite episodes

Most Canadian asthmatics think that they have their disease under control, despite the fact half of those in a recent survey required the need for acute treatment.

Uncontrolled asthma cases increasing in US and Japan

Uncontrolled asthma patients in Japan and the United States report that their quality of life has worsened and they have to make use of healthcare resources more often according to the National Health and Wellness Survey, conducted by Kantar Health.

Study: Tylenol triggers teen asthma

Wellington - It's Tylenol's turn under the gun. Researchers say that Tylenol may be behind the huge spike in childhood asthma. More than 42 percent of young people in the US take Tylenol.

Childhood asthma risk increased in kids who eat hamburgers

Parents of children who love McDonalds and other fast food venues, be warned. Researchers have discovered that kids who eat at least three hamburgers a week are more likely to develop asthma than those who eat more fruits, vegetables and fish.

Studies show that poverty can affect blood pressure in women

The Centre for Research on Inner City Health through the Keenan Research Centre at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto reports that women living in poorer areas are at risk for high blood pressure and that parent's stress can risk a child for asthma.

Chlorine in Pools Increases Kids' Risk of Asthma

In a recent study, chlorine in swimming pools are found to increase the chances that a child will develop asthma or allergies.

Health conditions linked with weather - be forewarned

When you get out of bed tomorrow morning, your arthritis is going to give you trouble. So tonight you remember to reschedule the knitting session with your friends. How do you know this?

Indoor Air Pollution Increases Asthma Symptoms

A study has found an association between increasing levels of indoor particulate matter pollution and the severity of asthma symptoms among children.

Study Says Kids With Asthma Don’t Miss More School

A new study from Dallas has found students with asthma do not miss school more than students without asthma. Past studies have attributed many absences to asthma.
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