WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 -- Smoking bans help protect the health of children's lungs, a new analysis shows.
The researchers reviewed 41 studies from North America, Europe and China, and found that anti-smoking measures were linked to a more than 18 percent decrease in childhood chest infections requiring hospital care, a nearly 10 percent decline in severe asthma attacks among children, and about a 4 percent drop in preterm births. But the study could not prove that the anti-smoking measures caused these decreases.
THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 -- Early exposure to pest and pet allergens -- cockroaches and mice droppings included -- may actually guard children against asthma, a new study of inner-city kids suggests.
"This confirms a similar finding last year that June Cleaver was, in fact, wrong," said Dr. Kelvin MacDonald, a pediatric lung specialist at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Oregon who reviewed the findings. "So the apron and string of pearls and Lysol-disinfected home are probably not to your benefit."