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2014-06-07 06:52:23

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and other institutions, babies who are exposed to rodent and pet dander, roach allergens and household bacteria within their first year of life are less likely to experience allergies, wheezing and asthma. Previous studies have demonstrated how children living on farms have lower rates of allergies and asthma. This phenomenon was attributed to the regular exposure to...

2014-03-05 08:25:34

National Campaign Seeks to Educate People with Asthma on the Importance of 'Knowing Their Count' LANDOVER, Md., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Teva Respiratory announced today the launch of a national awareness campaign - Know Your Count - aimed at raising awareness of the seriousness of asthma and educating asthma patients and caregivers about the importance of keeping track of the remaining doses in their rescue inhalers. The...

Exposure To School Chalk May Enhance Children's Milk Allergies
2013-05-02 12:54:55

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For those of us of a certain age, we may remember some of the assigned classroom chores like erasing the blackboard or taking the dust caked erasers to the odd box-shaped vacuum meant to pull chalk residue off the eraser fibers. Of course, time has passed since those days. And with that passage of time has come advances in chalk technology. These days´ teachers opt for the new dustless chalk to keep both their hands and their...

2013-03-28 10:47:28

Interaction between gene and environment predicts disease onset About 90 percent of children with two copies of a common genetic variation and who wheezed when they caught a cold early in life went on to develop asthma by age 6, according to a study to be published March 28 by the New England Journal of Medicine. These children, all from families with a history of asthma or allergies, were nearly four times as likely to develop the disease as those who lacked the genetic variation and...

2013-02-19 10:27:13

A study in Australia suggests that reduced lung function in infancy was associated with wheezing beyond childhood at 18 years of age, according to a report published Online First by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. Abnormal airway function is characteristic of asthma and chronic obstructive airways disease, and other studies have suggested that reduced lung function is already apparent in childhood and tracks through adulthood. However, the relationship between the age of onset...

2012-09-03 11:02:54

Children who are exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which were commonly used in a range of industrial products, could be at risk of an increase in asthma symptoms, according to new research. The study will be presented in a poster discussion this week (Sunday 2 September 2012) at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Vienna. PCBs were regularly used between 1930s and 1970s in a range of electrical equipment, lubricants and paint additives. They were eventually...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'