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

At 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 […]

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Mumbai hospitals and doctors notice a spike in respiratory ailments

Pune: Maha govt signs MoU with Chest Research Foundation to start centres for COPD, asthma

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive and irreversible disease of the lungs which makes it difficult to breathe. More than 55 million people are suffering from it in India. But there are hardly a few people, who are aware of this respiratory condition. The lacunae in healthcare services are making it an underreported […]

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

The 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 […]

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Even moderate air pollution may lead to lung disease, warns study

Exposure to pollutants had harmful effects similar to that from smoking. Researchers studied 303,887 British men and women, with data on lung health gathered by physical examination and air pollution statistics geographically coded to the participants’ home addresses. The researchers looked at levels of PM2.5, the tiny pollutant particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres in diameter […]

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Mumbai: 18,053 Mumbaikars diagnosed with asthma in the last 3 years

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 and can also […]

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Lack of sleep may increase the risk of having asthma, says study

Sleepless 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 […]

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Are allergies linked to anxiety and depression?

Their findings, they say, should prompt scientists to pay more attention to these links. Some research has suggested that certain allergic conditions can affect a person’s mental health. For instance, one study that last year found that having asthma, allergic rhinitis, or atopic dermatitis (eczema) could increase a person’s risk of developing a mental illness. […]

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Air pollution may impact foetal cardiovascular system, says study

Know how air pollution affects your heart

Major Indian metropolitan cities are reeling under the effects of severe air pollution, euphemistically called ‘smog’, this phenomenon occurs every year during winter. This has deleterious effects not only on the respiratory system, but as recent studies show, also on the cardiovascular health of people living in urban areas. Excessive air pollution is associated not […]

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

Summer 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 […]

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