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2006-01-10 13:21:37

By Charnicia E. Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A tailored approach, involving cockroach extermination and using air cleaners to reduce dust, smoke and levels of other indoor allergens may consequently reduce asthma symptoms in inner-city children, new study findings suggest. "My bottom line is that you can change the environment in inner-city homes," study author Dr. Peyton A. Eggleston, of the Baltimore, Maryland-based Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told Reuters...

2005-12-30 15:52:58

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children with asthma, especially young children, miss more days of school than those without asthma, according to a new report. Dr. Kenny Y. C. Kwong and colleagues from the University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles examined the pattern of school absenteeism in 528 mostly Hispanic children attending a Los Angeles inner city school. They divided the students into three groups: known asthma, high probability of asthma, and low...

2005-10-07 14:48:24

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An education program designed for Latino asthma sufferers has shown promise for improving patients' asthma control and quality of life, according to researchers. Their study, of 198 asthmatic adults living in a predominately Hispanic area of New York City, found that a "culturally directed" asthma education program helped cut hospital visits for asthma attacks and lessen the burden the lung disease put on patients' lives. The findings are...

2005-10-07 13:28:47

"The symptoms of rhinitis and atopical dermatitis amongst children between the ages of 6 and 7 in the Pamplona area have increased significantly and the diagnosis of both ailments has doubled in the period between 1994 and 2001. Nevertheless, amongst children between 12 and 14-age group there has been a drop in the incidence of symptoms of rhinitis and that of atopical dermatitis has stabilised". This was the conclusion of Ana María Irujo Andueza in her PhD thesis defended...

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...

2005-08-11 11:20:36

By Paul Simao ATLANTA (Reuters) - One out of every six U.S. high school students suffers from asthma and more than one-third of those report having an attack in the previous year, according to a federal study released on Thursday that suggests schools do more to manage the potentially fatal lung disease. Asthma, which is marked by breathing difficulties, coughing and inflammation of the airways, disproportionately affects children and adolescents. In some states, it is the leading cause of...

2005-07-27 14:49:11

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One good thing about having asthma or hay fever, if such a thing can be said, is that it apparently reduces the overall risk of dying of cancer, compared with the odds for people with neither of these allergic conditions, according to a new report. Previous studies have suggested this pattern, the authors explain in the American Journal of Epidemiology, but some reports have shown an increased risk of lung cancer in asthma patients. Dr....

2005-07-08 03:20:28

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children of Mexican descent who are born in the US are nearly twice as likely to develop asthma as those born in Mexico, according to a new report. "Our study is the first to document variations in the prevalence of asthma and respiratory symptoms among a national and a representative sample of Mexican American children," Kamal M. Eldeirawi, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and colleagues note. Still, further research is needed to uncover the factors...

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
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