Category Archives: Asthma

Traffic-related air pollution linked to DNA damage in children

Children and teens exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution have evidence of a specific type of DNA damage called telomere shortening, reports a study in the May Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Young people with asthma also … Continue reading

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High levels of prenatal air pollution exposure and stress increase childhood asthma risk 

A new study has found that children, especially boys, whose mothers were exposed to higher levels of outdoor particulate air pollution at the same time that they were very stressed were most likely to develop asthma by age six. The … Continue reading

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Air Pollution Might Beef Up Dangerous Bacteria 

Air pollution—particulates tossed into the air from car exhaust, factory fumes, and power plants—is nasty stuff. Breathing it in causes damage to your lung tissue. It can trigger asthma attacks. It increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and lung … Continue reading

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Research on short-term effects of air pollution on the health of airways of children with chronic respiratory complaints 

Starting in 2017, researchers will commence their study in Eindhoven on the effects of days with high air pollution on respiratory complaints, medication use and lung function of children suffering from chronic respiratory complaints such as wheezing or asthma. Vera … Continue reading

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Cedar count reaches second highest level in recorded history 

Gusty winds behind a dry cold front have caused the cedar count to increase 25x over yesterday’s “high” concentration. Allergy sufferers beware, strong winds from a dry cold front early this morning have kicked up cedar pollen. A lot of … Continue reading

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Approaching cedar season could be ‘worst we’ve ever seen’ 

Cedar season usually starts in late December, but the season could be increasing in time and intensity this year. Cedar is notorious for being one of Central Texans’ worst allergens, and the upcoming cedar season could possibly be “the worst … Continue reading

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Volcano emissions linked to increases in asthma attacks

A new study from the active volcano Kīlauea, which is on the big island of Hawaii, reports that people — especially children — with asthma are at greater risk of having serious asthma attacks if they live in a community … Continue reading

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Increase in childhood, adult asthma linked to London’s 1952 Great Smog 

London’s Great Smog of 1952 resulted in thousands of premature deaths and even more people becoming ill. The five December days the smog lasted may have also resulted in thousands more cases of childhood and adult asthma. Researchers studied how … Continue reading

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