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  • Gut Bacteria Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The presence of four types of gut bacteria in infancy may reduce a child’s risk for asthma, Canadian researchers report. Most infants get these bacteria naturally from the environment. But some babies are given antibiotics that kill these bacteria, and some are not exposed to them [...]

  • Kids May Be More Likely to Get Asthma if Grandma Smoked While Pregnant: Study

    TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children whose grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk for asthma, even if their own mothers did not smoke, a new study suggests. It’s known that smoking can cause changes in gene activity. The new study findings suggest that those changes can be passed down through more than [...]

  • Secondhand Smoke May Double Risk of Hospitalization for Kids With Asthma

    THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to secondhand smoke puts children with asthma at nearly double the risk of winding up in the hospital, a new analysis reveals. For these kids, secondhand smoke can worsen symptoms and make their condition more difficult to control. So parents need to be aware of these additional risks, [...]

  • Add Asthma, Allergy Plans to Your Back-to-School List

    SATURDAY, Aug. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If your child has asthma or allergies, make sure his or her teacher, principal and school nurse know about it as part of your back-to-school planning, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) recommends. “More than 10 million kids under age 18 have asthma, and one in [...]

  • Smog Threatens Visitors to U.S. National Parks: Report

    FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Air pollution afflicts many national parks across the United States, a new study suggests. Air quality in some of the parks is as bad or worse than in some major cities because of pollution from sources such as coal-fired power stations, the National Parks Conservation Association says in a [...]

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