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Asthma and Kids
Asthma Much More Lethal for Black Children, Study Finds...
SOURCES: Sherry Farzan, M.D., attending physician, Allergy and Immunology, Northwell Health, Great Neck, N.Y.; Craig Osleeb, M.D., pediatric allergist and immunologist, Northern Westchester Hospital, Mount Kisco, N.Y.; American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, news release, March 4, 2017

SATURDAY, March 4, 2017 -- Asthma attacks can prove deadly to kids, but a new study shows that black American children are six times more likely to die of the illness than their white or Hispanic peers.

The gap in death rates "may imply a differential access to care" based on a family's r...

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Mite-Proof Bedding May Help Curb Asthma Attacks: Study...
SOURCE: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, news release, March 10, 2017

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 -- Children with asthma have fewer flare-ups when their beds have mite-proof covers, a new study suggests.

Dust mites are one of the most common asthma triggers.

The study included 284 children in England with asthma and dust mite allergy. Their mattresses a...

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Obesity May Raise Girls' Risk of Asthma, Allergies...
SOURCES: Sairaman Nagarajan, M.D., MPH, resident physician, department of pediatrics, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York City; Jay Lieberman, M.D., assistant professor, pediatrics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center and LeBonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis; James Baker Jr., M.D., CEO and chief medical officer, Food Allergy Research & Education; March 6, 2017, presentation, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology meeting, Atlanta

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 -- Obese girls may face a significantly higher risk for developing allergies, a new study suggests.

But the researchers found the opposite was true for obese boys: They may actually face a slightly diminished risk for asthma, food allergies and eczema when compared t...

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