Taking vitamin D and E during pregnancy may ‘reduce likelihood’ of asthma, finds study

The study states clearly that is has ‘confirmed’ that there is indeed an association between childhood asthma and low intake of vitamins D and E during pregnancy

Taking vitamin D and E during pregnancy may ‘reduce likelihood’ of asthma, finds studyAt present, approximately 300 million people are living with asthma worldwide. It is estimated that by 2025, another 100 million people will be diagnosed with asthma and that urban lifestyles will play a significant role in this. Among other causes, changes in diets, climate change, and air pollution have all been associated with an increase […]

Asthma acting up during summer? Here’s how to beat the heat

Dr Prashant Chhajed, Head of Respiratory Medicine, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, shares, how to recognise an Asthma attack and how to stay alert and healthy to enjoy the summer holidays to the fullest

Asthma acting up during summer? Here’s how to beat the heatSummer brings with it heat and humidity which often makes breathing more difficult for asthma patients. Intake of hot air in summer may aggravate your symptoms. There are many reasons why this can occur, including amplified air pollution from smog and higher pollen counts which are common banes to the lungs. As the body tries […]

World Asthma Day: Not only traffic pollution, even agarbatti smoke can trigger asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that transport air to and from the lungs. A healthy lifestyle, no smoking, avoiding drugs and asthma triggers are the best ways to treat asthma and keep its symptoms under control

World Asthma Day:  Not only traffic pollution, even agarbatti smoke can trigger asthmaAsthma is a heterogeneous disease, characterised by long-standing airway inflammation. It is manifested by respiratory symptoms such as wheeze, shortness of breath, chest tightness and a dry cough that varies over time & intensity. According to the statistics provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 383,000 deaths due to asthma in 2015. In […]

World Asthma Day: How to tackle asthma triggered by pollution

The theme for World Asthma Day 2019 is STOP for Asthma: where STOP stands for Symptom Evaluation, Test Response, Observe and Assess, and Proceed to Adjust Treatment. Though, asthma cannot be cured but appropriate management can control the disorder and enable people to enjoy good quality of life

World Asthma Day: How to tackle asthma triggered by pollutionWorld Asthma Day (WAD) is organised by Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), in order to create awareness about asthma and its management across the world. On this day activities are carried out throughout the world to motivate asthma patients to keep help them manage it. Here, we brief you about how pollution is tied to […]

World Asthma Day: Perception on inhalation therapy needs to change

World Asthma Day: Perception on inhalation therapy needs to changeAsthma is a chronic (long term) disease characterised by airway hyper-reactivity in a genetically susceptible child and adults when exposed to precipitating factors such as excessive humid or cold & dry air, dusty, smoky atmosphere. In these patients inflammation, swelling, excessive mucus formation and ultimately narrowing of the airways occur. This result in recurrent bouts […]

Mother’s sugar intake during pregnancy linked to asthma risk in kids

Children whose mothers  drank the equivalent of two cans of a sugary drink or two glasses of fruit juice a day during pregnancy were roughly 63 per cent more likely to be asthmatic than a child whose mum avoided sugary drinks

Mother’s sugar intake during pregnancy linked to asthma risk in kidsWith the increasing prevalence of childhood asthma since the 1980s, there has been a concerted effort to identify factors that could be the cause of the observed rise in the number of children developing asthma. Since caloric intake from added sugars, most notably in sugary drinks, has also increased over this time frame, researchers have […]

Early exposure to traffic linked to spike in asthma cases worldwide among children

Exposure to traffic-related air pollution has been found causing asthma in nearly four million children across the world. Due to alarming rates, researchers called on the World Health Organization to update its guideline in protecting children from paediatric asthma 

Early exposure to traffic linked to spike in asthma cases worldwide among childrenThe study published in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health highlights the impact of inhaling nitrogen dioxide from motor vehicle exhaust in 194 countries and 125 major cities worldwide. It shows that between 2010 and 2015, 64 per cent of all new cases of asthma occurred in urban areas. The researchers from the George Washington […]

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 […]

This is what you can do if you have an asthma attack at home

An asthma attack occurs when the muscles surrounding the airways tighten (bronchoconstriction) and your airways become too narrow for you to breathe effectively. This is due to untreated airway inflammation and bronchoconstriction. An attack can happen suddenly if your asthma is not under control and you are exposed to one of your triggers

This is what you can do if you have an asthma attack at homeAn asthma attack occurs when these symptoms escalate, making it very difficult to breathe. Steps to take immediately The following actions can help to manage an attack: Sit up straight and try to remain calm. Do not lie down. Take one puff of a reliever or rescue inhaler every 30 to 60 seconds, with a […]

Taking painkillers in pregnancy does not cause asthma in kids, finds study

A study of almost 500,000 women indicates that taking paracetamol or other painkillers during pregnancy is not responsible for increasing the risk of asthma in children

Taking painkillers in pregnancy does not cause asthma in kids, finds studyThe research, which uses prescription data on painkillers, does support earlier findings that women taking paracetamol or consuming painkillers during pregnancy are more likely to have children who develop asthma. However, it also suggests that the painkillers are not the cause of this increase. Researchers say their results, published in the European Respiratory Journal, should […]
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