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  • Can Dogs and Cats Prevent Eczema?

    Can Dogs and Cats Prevent Eczema?

    Because I have sensitive skin and allergies, I worried about eczema affecting my children long before I became pregnant with my oldest daughter. Both my brothers dealt with eczema and other skin problems growing up. However, this is not the only problem that I have. I seem to have developed a dust allergy as well, […] More

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    Antibiotics During Pregnancy Increase Risk of Asthma

    Mothers of children at increased risk for developing asthma should avoid antibiotics during pregnancy, says a new study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Recent studies on antibiotics have focused on the overuse and misuse of the lifesaving class […] More

  • Baby Belly

    Infant Gut Bacteria Linked to Food Sensitization

    As research continues to reveal the protective benefits of the gut microbiota, a recent study published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy suggests that changes to the mix of gut bacteria of young babies may offer a way to predict the future development of food allergies or asthma. For the study, researchers from the […] More

  • Rural Winter House

    Energy Efficient Homes May Increase Asthma Risk

    The drive to create energy efficient homes has been all the rage in recent years. However, a new study published in the journal Environment International suggests that an energy efficient home may increase risks for asthma. Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory respiratory disease characterized by swelling and narrowing of the airways, leading to wheezing, […] More

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    Prenatal BPA Exposure May Reduce Lung Function in Children

    Exposure to BPA during pregnancy may reduce lung function and increase persistent wheezing in children, concludes a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a synthetic compound used to make certain plastics and epoxy resins. The addition of BPA results in plastic that is clear and durable. The chemical […] More

  • Young Infant Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding Significantly Reduces Asthma Risk

    Breastfeeding significantly decreases the risk of asthma and related wheezing disorders, concludes a systemic review and meta-analysis recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers including Dr. Cristian M. Dogaru of the University Campus Suffolk in the United Kingdom reviewed 117 observational studies on the link between breastfeeding and the risk of childhood asthma […] More

  • No Smoking Sign

    Smoking Bans Linked to Decline in Preterm Births and Asthma

    Over the past couple of decades, public smoking bans have been put into effect to reduce the effect of secondhand smoking on bystanders, particularly children. Now a new systematic review and meta-analysis concludes that recent smoke-free legislation has been followed by decreasing rates of preterm births and children admitted to the hospital for asthma. As […] More

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