Asthma and allergy awareness
1:34 PM PDT, May 6, 2013
Forget boiling, or antiseptic wipes: The best way to clean a Binky may be putting it in your own mouth.
9:59 PM PDT, May 5, 2013
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America counts down the top 10 challenging cities to live with allergies during spring.
1:06 PM PDT, April 29, 2013
Kids and teens who are born abroad and immigrate to the United States are about half as likely to have asthma and allergies as those who are born in the U.S., according to a new study.
April 24, 2013
University of Chicago researchers said they have identified a genetic marker that will help identify children most likely to develop asthma after they catch a cold.
4:33 PM PDT, April 10, 2013
Inhaled corticosteroids are often used to treat asthma, but trying to figure out if the therapy is necessary — and at what dose — can be tricky.
12:50 PM PDT, March 19, 2013
1:51 PM PDT, March 15, 2013
In a review of existing evidence on the health value of fixes to housing, researchers say that improving buildings to enhance "thermal comfort" — with central heating or insulation, for instance — pays off in both physical and mental well-being.
7:54 PM PDT, March 14, 2013
Some research has suggested a connection between exposure to air pollution and the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, but a large study of U.S. nurses has found no link.
2:13 PM PST, February 18, 2013
Acupuncture may help improve seasonal allergy symptoms in some people with runny noses and watery eyes, according to a new study - but the effect seems to be small.
1:05 PM PST, January 14, 2013
Reminding doctors and patients that bronchitis is almost always caused by a virus and won't get better with antibiotics may help cut down on unneeded prescriptions, a new study suggests.
4:57 PM PST, January 2, 2013
Q: Is ayurvedic medicine a safe approach to managing health?
6:28 AM PST, December 24, 2012
Kids who have food allergies or are overweight may be especially likely to get bullied by their peers, two new studies suggest.
3:57 PM PST, December 4, 2012
A new study links even small reductions in fine particle air pollution to increased life expectancy.
December 4, 2012
Actress Julie Bowen of "Modern Family" doesn't want other parents to go through what she and her husband did when their toddler experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction that sent him into anaphylactic shock.
1:52 PM PST, November 13, 2012
Among thousands of Dutch children included in a new study, those who first ate fish between the ages of six months and one year had a lower risk of developing asthma-like symptoms later on than babies introduced to fish before six months of age or after their first birthdays.
2:13 PM PDT, October 24, 2012
An arsenal of hand sanitizers, hygiene education and good old-fashioned soap failed to prevent asthma attacks among school children in one Alabama county.
October 24, 2012
For parents of children with food allergies, navigating everyday life can be like side-stepping land mines.
12:28 PM PDT, September 11, 2012
The number of children with peanut allergies in one Midwestern county has tripled in the past decade, according to a new study that adds to evidence nut allergies are getting more common in the developed world.
September 12, 2012
When Elyse Anders had her first child five years ago, her doctor recommended withholding seafood, peanut products and strawberries from her infant son's diet to avoid food allergies.
12:18 PM PDT, August 21, 2012
Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy may have an increased risk of asthma - even if they were not exposed to secondhand smoke after birth, a large study of European children suggests.
August 8, 2012
Terri and Joe Sparks were thrilled to learn they were expecting twins eight years ago but worried about exposing the future newborns to germs from their menagerie of dogs and cats.
5:29 PM PDT, July 9, 2012
Dogs are no longer just man's best friend — the furry family members may also protect infants against breathing problems and infections, according to a European study.
8:32 AM PDT, June 25, 2012
Babies with life-threatening allergic reactions to milk or egg often don't get prompt treatment, despite their caretakers having been given medicine to counter the attacks, a new government-funded study shows.
3:15 PM PDT, June 18, 2012
Soap, toothpaste and mouthwash may fight germs, but it also could make your child prone to allergies, new research has found.
11:54 AM PDT, May 11, 2012
Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy may have a tougher time controlling their asthma than other kids do, a new study suggests.
May 2, 2012
The sharp increase in asthma since the 1980s — some 34 million Americans now suffer from the condition — has confounded health professionals.
3:52 PM PST, February 7, 2012
If you're of a certain age, like me, your childhood memories of food at school are sweet and sentimental.
9:17 AM PST, December 27, 2011
While having a cat as a kid may protect against future allergies, getting one in adulthood nearly doubles the chances of developing an immune reaction to it -- the first step toward wheezing, sneezing and itchy eyes.
If you wonder why your hands are always dry or you have itchy skin, one of these 12 may be the cause for blame.
2:21 PM PDT, October 25, 2011
One class of drugs used to prevent wheezing and shortness of breath in people with asthma may increase kids' risk of being hospitalized for an asthma attack, according to a new analysis from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
3:11 PM PDT, October 6, 2011
A mother's exposure to airborne pollutants may increase the likelihood that her unborn child will later develop asthma, a new study suggests.
4:05 AM PDT, September 26, 2011
Genetic differences could explain why some 40 percent of people with asthma do not respond to inhaled steroids used to achieve long-term asthma control.
2:18 PM PDT, September 13, 2011
Children who drink raw milk are less likely to develop asthma and allergies than those who stick to the safer pasteurized version, according to a large European study.
11:28 AM PDT, September 7, 2011
A shot of carbon dioxide to the nose may bring some quick, though short-lived, relief to people with nasal allergies, a preliminary study suggests.
8:20 AM PDT, September 5, 2011
In a new study of two-year-olds in Boston, black kids were twice as likely as white kids to have an immune response to foods such as peanuts, milk, and eggs, and almost four times as likely to have a "sensitization" to three or more foods.
10:28 AM PDT, August 5, 2011
Indoor air cleaners may help asthmatic children who live with a smoker to breathe a little easier, a new study finds.
1:26 PM PDT, July 31, 2011
U.S. researchers have discovered a genetic mutation unique to African Americans that could help explain why blacks are so susceptible to asthma.
3:19 PM PDT, May 25, 2011
BOOSTER SHOTS: Oddities, musings and some news from the world of health
The sneezing, eye-watering, itchy-throated misery that comes with allergies is on the rise, led by a growing numbers of Americans sensitive to ragweed and mold.
May 25, 2011
For allergy sufferers, the sounds of spring have arrived, in the form of sniffing, sneezing and coughing.
April 25, 2011
The Healthy Skeptic
It's hard to feel upbeat about spring weather if you suffer from seasonal allergies. While other people can spend all day outside without a sniffle, you can barely look at a field of grass or an oak tree without turning into a watery, miserable mess.
12:05 PM PDT, April 11, 2011
You don't have to look far to find environmental allergy triggers. In fact, nearly all of them can be found inside your home. Fortunately, they're relatively easy to lessen or banish. Follow these tips from allergy specialists to allergy-proof your abode.
12:02 PM PDT, April 11, 2011
Asthma is often overlooked in older patients, but why?
11:59 AM PDT, April 11, 2011
Two years after outgrowing a peanut allergy, Holly Sweenie finally took a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to school. "It took me a long time to get up the courage to pack one," said Sweenie's mom, Susan, of Canton, Mass. "I assumed allergies were something she'd always have."
11:55 AM PDT, April 11, 2011
At a time when hotels promise everything from custom ice-cream room service to complete wedding proposal preparations, it's no surprise that they're also offering hypoallergenic rooms.
11:57 AM PDT, April 11, 2011
If you think that people are scratching, wheezing and sneezing more frequently, you're right. Worldwide, eczema, asthma, hay fever and food allergies have nearly doubled in the past 20 years, says Dr. Marc McMorris, clinical associate professor at University of Michigan and medical director of the university's allergy specialty and food allergy clinic.
11:53 AM PDT, April 11, 2011
Anyone who's yearned for a clean house can attest to the seemingly supernatural properties of dust. No sooner have you banished it from the bookshelf than it peeks out from under the bed, shape-shifting from powdery and puffy to sticky and stringy. But the menace of dust can extend beyond the realm of housekeeping and damage your health in serious ways.
11:50 AM PDT, April 11, 2011
Eczema is notoriously difficult to treat in children. The torturous dry-skin disease causes intense itching and sleeplessness, and sometimes parents try making dietary changes in addition or in place of conventional treatments.
11:46 AM PDT, April 11, 2011
First-born child? Sorry about that. The likelihood of food allergies shrinks the lower down in your family birth order your are, according to a study out of Kyoto University in Japan. Surveying of the parents of 13,000 children between ages 7 and 15, researchers found that 4 percent of first-borns suffered from food allergies.
11:42 AM PDT, April 11, 2011
If you compiled a roster of world-class athletes with asthma, the list would be long — and impressive. From marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe, to former NBA stars Dennis Rodman and Dominique Wilkins, to tennis star Mary Joe Fernandez and Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, asthmatics have set records and won medals in nearly every sport.
11:39 AM PDT, April 11, 2011
Michelle Jason's allergies were so bad that constant migraines arose from her clogged sinuses. Surgery unclogged them, but she knew it was time to do something drastic.