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Latest Occupational asthma Stories

2006-05-10 07:42:22

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A heat exchange mask, designed to improve comfort in cold temperatures, also seems to protect against asthma triggered by breathing cold, dry air, according to a report in the medical journal Chest. Asthma occurs when the airways tighten, limiting breathing. Cold, dry air is one of the most common triggers of an asthma attack. The Qxtec Personal Respiratory Heat Exchanger, marketed by Louisville, Kentucky-based AllergyZone, works...

2006-03-15 13:15:00

NEW YORK -- In a study of inner-city adults with persistent asthma, more than half believed their disease was episodic, only occurring when symptoms were present, according to a new report in the medical journal Chest. This "no symptoms, no asthma" belief, as the authors call it, can interfere with asthma management, since it is a chronic condition that needs to be treated even when there are no flare-ups. Dr. Ethan A. Halm, from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and colleagues...

2006-02-13 17:31:35

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adults with asthma are more likely than those in the general population to report a number of other chronic medical conditions, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to a report in the current issue of the journal Chest. "Asthma and allergy-related diseases are usually associated with lower cancer levels. However, our study found an increased cancer risk among older patients with asthma," lead author Dr. Robert J. Adams, from the...

2005-11-16 13:42:12

By Graciela Flores NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bleaching agents widely used in hair salons put hair stylists at risk of asthma and inflammation of the eyes, nose and throat, researchers report in the medical journal Chest. "In the last years I have seen several cases of occupational asthma in hairdressers, and this observation has prompted me to start a specific study in this category of workers," Dr. Gianna Moscato, Head of the Allergy and Immunology Unit at the Scientific...

2005-08-23 13:10:31

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Occupational exposure to substances that trigger asthma can affect the severity of the disease, according to a report from France. Previous studies have identified workplace exposures as risk factors for asthma and for disease flare-ups, but it was unclear if such exposures were also tied to asthma severity. In the present study, in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Nicole Le Moual, from the National Institute for Health...

2005-08-01 16:53:25

Researchers found that a less than normal score on a common lung function test taken prior to stem cell transplantation constituted a significant risk factor for the patient to develop early respiratory failure followed by death. Investigators conducted a retrospective analysis of pretransplant lung function test scores of 2,852 patients who received their stem cell transplants between 1990 and 2001. (All transplants were allogeneic, meaning that the stem cells came from another person with...

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2005-06-20 15:11:31

NEW YORK -- Work-related asthma is fast becoming one of the most commonly diagnosed occupational respiratory diseases in this country, and people who work in certain industries may run a higher risk than others, new study findings show. An analysis of survey responses from nearly 21,000 adults revealed that men and women who work in printing or publishing, furniture or lumber, health care, and entertainment and recreation, may be most likely to be diagnosed with asthma, as are those who work...