Excess weight increases asthma risk in children

At least 10 percent of cases may be attributable to obesity. Children who are overweight or obese are at increased risk for asthma, researchers report

Excess weight increases asthma risk in childrenA retrospective study, published in Paediatrics, included 507,496 children followed for an average of four years. None of the children had incidents of asthma before the start of the study. The researchers divided the children into three groups: overweight, defined as the 85th to 94th percentile for weight; obese, the 95th percentile or higher; and […]

Air pollutants trigger allergic cough in urban Indian population, states report

Living in India and inhaling lungful of polluted air every day is like being a chronic smoker according to a recent report by India’s State-Level Disease Burden Initiative

Air pollutants trigger allergic cough in urban Indian population, states reportThis partly explains why many people in urban India have a persistent dry and hacking cough even if they don’t have asthma or have never smoked. Allergic cough is more common in the winter months when drop in temperature prevents air pollutants and allergens from dissipating, trapping them close to the ground in toxic concentrations […]

Mumbai docs witness rise in new asthma cases

While there are several risk factors why Mumbaikars are prone to this respiratory ailment. The key reasons for the rise of asthma cases are air pollution, dust and debris from constant construction work in the city, dust from dug up and roads. Vehicular exhaust is the most common cause of air pollution

Mumbai docs witness rise in new asthma casesAnd also, fine particulate matter which are tiny air pollutants, are a major concern for people’s health when their levels in air are high. PM2.5 is tiny particles in the air that reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated. All of the above factors make the citizens more prone […]

Dad blames dorm mould for daughter’s death from adenovirus. But how did it happen?

A University of Maryland student died last week from complications of adenovirus. An expert weighs in on if mould is linked to adenovirus, and other ways mould can damage your health

Dad blames dorm mould for daughter’s death from adenovirus. But how did it happen?Did mold in a University of Maryland dorm contribute to the death of freshman Olivia Paregol last week? Paregol died from complications of adenovirus, a common virus spread through close personal contact. After his daughter’s death, her father said that mould in her dorm room may have played a role. “It didn’t help the illness,” Ian Paregol […]

Lack of sleep may increase the risk of having asthma

New research found a link between sleep deprivation and the asthma. Scientists studied almost 18,000 people on their sleep habits. They found insufficient rest causes changes to accumulate, harming the airways

Lack of sleep may increase the risk of having asthmaSleepless nights can bring on asthma in adulthood – more than trebling the risk among chronic insomniacs, new research suggests. And those who struggle to nod off most nights are more than twice as likely to develop the potentially fatal lung condition. Experts claim insufficient rest causes bodily changes that have harmful effects on the […]

What causes shortness of breath?

The medical term for shortness of breath is dyspnea. Despite being common, it can be uncomfortable and distressing to experience. Fortunately, when it is not a sign of a more serious condition, it can often be managed at home

What causes shortness of breath?Shortness of breath, or breathlessness, is when a person has trouble taking in enough air to breathe. It can range from mild to severe. When people know what is causing their shortness of breath and it is not a medical emergency, they may want to try treating it at home. The following exercises can help […]

Here’s how you can take care of your lungs this Diwali

Dr Prashant Chhajed, Chest Physician and HOD-Pulmonology, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, shares how the pollution created by the crackers can affect one's health and how to prevent it

Here’s how you can take care of your lungs this DiwaliThe Supreme Court of India has permitted the use of ‘green’ firecrackers for festivals, over the toxic ones, especially during Diwali. This decision comes in light of rising concerns over the depleting air quality; SC has fixed a timeslot from 8-10 p.m. for bursting fireworks. While some people are concerned that the order may hamper […]

Diet rich in fish helps fight asthma, reveals study

A clinical trial led by La Trobe University has shown eating fish such as salmon, trout and sardines as part of a healthy diet can reduce asthma symptoms in children

Diet rich in fish helps fight asthma, reveals studyThe international study found children with asthma who followed a healthy Mediterranean diet enriched with fatty fish had improved lung function after six months. Lead researcher Maria Papamichael from La Trobe said the findings added to a growing body of evidence that a healthy diet could be a potential therapy for childhood asthma. “We already […]

Parupalli Kashyap opens up about his struggle with asthma

The athlete made this revelation through a post on his Instagram account, where he narrated an incident about asthma affected his routine while playing the sport. Through the post he aims to encourage other asthmatics telling them that it is not a condition that stops you from living life. It’s just a speed bump which can easily be surpassed if taken care of correctly

Parupalli Kashyap opens up about his struggle with asthmaThe renowned badminton player was diagnosed with asthma in the year 2004. Pouring his heart out in an Instagram post the decorated badminton player revealed about how he wrestled with the respiratory condition. He shared how was diagnosed with asthma and what was the condition of his health before finding out that he suffered from […]

‘I’m asthmatic.  I mean, what’s to hide?,’ says Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra revealed through an ad campaign recently that she's asthmatic. The actress took to Twitter where she spoke about how asthma did not stop her from achieving the highs in her career

‘I’m asthmatic.  I mean, what’s to hide?,’ says Priyanka ChopraPriyanka recently confessed that she has been asthmatic since five and that she has never hidden the fact. Priyanka Chopra took to Twitter to join hands with a recent initiative for asthma patients, Breathe Free which aims at showcasing the importance of inhalers over tablets for asthma patients. The ad for the Breathe Free campaign […]
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