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  • Worms infect more poor Americans than thought

    12/25/2007 10:17:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 1,385+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 25, 2007 | Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
    Roundworms may infect close to a quarter of inner city black children, tapeworms are the leading cause of seizures among U.S. Hispanics and other parasitic diseases associated with poor countries are also affecting Americans, a U.S. expert said on Tuesday. Recent studies show many of the poorest Americans living in the United States carry some of the same parasitic infections that affect the poor in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, said Dr. Peter Hotez, a tropical disease expert at George Washington University and editor-in-chief of the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Writing in the journal, Hotez...
  • Accuracy of 9/11 Health Reports Is Questioned

    09/07/2007 12:22:03 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 449+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 7, 2007 | ANTHONY DePALMA and SERGE F. KOVALESKI
    Much of what is known about the health problems of ground zero workers comes from a small clinic in Manhattan that at the time of the trade center collapse had only six full-time doctors and a tiny budget. Yet in the weeks after 9/11, its doctors stepped into the fray in the absence of any meaningful effort by the city, state or federal government to survey, interview or offer treatment to potentially sickened recovery and cleanup workers. Since then, the clinic, the Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, based at Mount Sinai Medical Center, has examined more...
  • Guidelines Are Issued on Asthma and Youths

    08/29/2007 11:48:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 297+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 30, 2007 | DENISE GRADY
    Children ages 5 to 11 with asthma require different treatment than do adults, guidelines issued yesterday by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute say. The new guidelines are the first to recognize that this age group has distinct needs and should not be lumped together with adults, as has been done in the past. Specifically, these children can often control their asthma with inhalers that contain only steroid drugs, whereas adults are more likely to need inhalers that combine steroids and other medicines. (The steroids used to treat asthma are different from the ones that athletes take to bulk...
  • Survey Shows a High Rate of Asthma at Ground Zero

    08/28/2007 8:57:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 213+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 28, 2007 | ANTHONY DePALMA
    Rescue and recovery workers at ground zero have developed asthma at a rate that is 12 times what would be expected for adults, according to findings released yesterday by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Of nearly 26,000 workers surveyed in 2003 and 2004, 926 reported that they developed asthma for the first time after working at ground zero (a rate of 3.6 percent). In a group that size, under normal conditions, no more than 77 new cases of asthma (0.3 percent) would have been expected, according to the report, which is published in the current...
  • Image of asthmatic girl is used to promote NYC traffic-fee plan

    07/05/2007 3:43:42 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 6 replies · 500+ views
    WCBSTV.COM ^ | 05 JULY 2007 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) -- An image of a sad-looking little girl squeezing an asthma inhaler is being used to pressure state lawmakers into approving Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial plan to reduce traffic and pollution by charging motorists who drive into Manhattan. The tag line: ``She cannot hold her breath waiting for Albany to act.'' The flier is being mailed this week to 350,000 households throughout the city, urging residents to call lawmakers in Albany. The state legislature would have to come back for a special session to approve the plan before a July 16 application deadline for federal funding. Bloomberg's...
  • Antibiotic Use in First Year May Increase Asthma Risk

    06/22/2007 1:42:08 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 344+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 19, 2007 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    The use of antibiotics in the first year of life is associated with an increased risk for asthma at age 7, a new study has found, and the reason may be that antibiotics destroy not only disease-causing microbes, but also those that are helpful to the developing immune system. Antibiotic use had a greater impact on children who would otherwise be considered at lower risk — children who lived in rural areas and those whose mothers did not have asthma — than on those who were already at increased risk because of an urban environment or genetic predisposition. Studies of...
  • Assembly Leader Challenges Toll Plan’s Health Benefits

    06/11/2007 10:08:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 392+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 12, 2007 | DANNY HAKIM
    ALBANY, June 11 — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in his strongest language yet against Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s plan to charge people who drive into the most congested parts of Manhattan during the day, questioned the health benefits of the proposal yesterday. He also suggested that many of the environmental goals Mr. Bloomberg has outlined could be accomplished without congestion pricing. His comments suggested that two hours of testimony by Mayor Bloomberg at an Assembly hearing on Friday had not swayed the Democrats who control the chamber. Mr. Silver even seemed to outline new concerns, saying that the plan could...
  • Study Links Rescuers’ Lung Ailment to Trade Center Collapse

    05/07/2007 8:12:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 651+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 8, 2007 | ANTHONY DePALMA
    In the first clinical study to clearly link World Trade Center dust to serious and sometimes fatal diseases, doctors have found that the number of New York City rescue and recovery workers with a rare type of lung-scarring condition soared in the year after the trade center collapsed. Doctors from the Fire Department and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that 13 firefighters and emergency medical service workers with the department developed sarcoidosis, a debilitating illness in which the lungs and other organs develop inflammation that produces lumps of cells, called granulomas. The illness can be controlled with...
  • Salve For The Lungs: Aspirin Might Prevent Asthma

    01/26/2007 3:46:21 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 1,022+ views
    Science News ^ | 1-27-2007 | Ben Harder
    Salve for the Lungs: Aspirin might prevent asthma Ben Harder Regular use of aspirin may prevent healthy adults from developing asthma, according to a 5-year study of male doctors. Inflammation in the lungs characterizes asthma. During an attack, inflamed airways constrict, obstructing air flow. The disease affects about 5 percent of men and more than 8 percent of women and children. It most frequently develops during childhood, and some kids outgrow it. For the current study, epidemiologist Tobias Kurth of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and his colleagues analyzed data on some 22,000 male physicians who had participated in...
  • ICC Could Be Hazardous To Your Children's Health

    12/02/2006 6:21:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 821+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 3, 2006 | John M. Balbus and Jim Fary
    More than 1 million residents of the Washington-Baltimore region already live close to heavily trafficked motorways where dangerous soot pollution is at levels that can trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks and respiratory disease. Building the $2.4 billion (and rising), 18-mile intercounty connector linking Interstate 270 to Interstate 95 through neighborhoods and near schools would worsen these health problems. Maryland Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley (D) reiterated his support for the road following his election last month, but if the public demands protection for our children and the elderly, he still could take steps to prevent these health hazards. The toxic pollution the...
  • An Epidemic No One Understands

    11/30/2006 9:46:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 63 replies · 1,864+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 28, 2006 | DENISE GRADY
    When our first son developed asthma as a 3-year-old, my husband and I felt pretty much blindsided. We were only a little less shocked when the same thing happened to our second son, at the same age. The disease turned out to be tenacious, and for years both boys needed inhalers or a nebulizer machine several times a day to prevent asthma attacks that could keep them up half the night, coughing and wheezing. Both had eczema, too, and the kind of food allergies — to nuts, peanuts and shellfish — that can lead to fatal reactions. What caused all...
  • A Study Links Trucks’ Exhaust to Bronx Schoolchildren’s Asthma

    10/29/2006 10:30:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 502+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 29, 2006 | MANNY FERNANDEZ
    In New York City, air pollution levels have typically been monitored by inanimate objects, at more than a dozen locations around town. But in the South Bronx, from 2002 to 2005, air pollution monitors went mobile. They went to the playground, to the gritty sidewalks, even to the movies. A group of schoolchildren carried the monitors everywhere they went. The instruments, attached to the backpacks of children with asthma, allowed researchers at New York University to measure the pollution the children were exposed to, morning to night. The South Bronx is home to miles of expressways, more than a dozen...
  • Lawsuit seeks ban on smoking around apartment complex

    06/29/2006 7:43:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 559+ views
    AP ^ | 6/29/6
    Los Angeles -- The father of a 5-year-old asthmatic girl has sued the apartment complex where the family lives in an attempt to stop residents from smoking in common areas. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Superior Court, alleges that second-hand smoke from common areas around the complex have hurt Melinda Birke's health. The areas include the swimming pools, the barbecue areas, the children's playground, the outdoor dining area and the entrances to the rental office and clubhouse. The girl has had pneumonia three times since 2003, and has suffered from asthma and chronic allergies since she was 18 months old,...
  • Immune System Cells May Be Cause of Asthma

    03/17/2006 7:14:02 AM PST · by SheLion · 37 replies · 702+ views
    WEDNESDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- As medical technologies improve, researchers are rooting out more information about possible causes of common diseases, such as asthma.One new finding, reported in the March 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, is that immune system cells long thought to cause asthma may not be the primary culprit behind the disease."We found that asthma is caused not by T-helper 2 cells as has been previously thought, but by a novel class of cells called natural killer T cells," said one of the study's authors, Dr. Dale Umetsu, a professor of pediatrics at...
  • Asthmatics Beware: The Government May Ban Your Inhaler

    01/27/2006 3:07:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 102 replies · 2,204+ views
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | January 26, 2006 | CFIF
    Eco-terrorists have struck again. Not in the dead of night, to be pursued by diligent agents of the FBI, but right out in the open, in a public meeting, under the auspices of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On January 24, one of those ubiquitous FDA panels of "outside experts" voted, by an 11 to seven margin, to recommend that FDA ban non-prescription, over-the-counter asthma inhalers, used routinely by millions of asthma-sufferers to control the symptoms of their debilitating condition. As frequently noted in the press, while such recommendations are not binding, they are most often adopted. The...
  • Art Bell: 'Just be nice'

    01/21/2006 9:27:00 PM PST · by JennysCool · 24 replies · 1,112+ views
    Pahrump Valley Times ^ | 1/21/2006 | Staff
    Listeners to KNYE radio heard from owner Art Bell on the air Tuesday morning, during a break in his music format, broadcast on 95.1 FM from Pahrump. The recent widower, whose wife Ramona was laid to rest just last week, spoke lovingly of her, saying he knew she would want him to keep KNYE running. Bell said his wife handled all their finances, mentioning that he didn't even know the PIN number on his bank account. He also doesn't cook. "It was my intention to leave a rich widow," Bell said. "Not the other way around." He announced he will...
  • ICS Most Effective For Persistent Asthma In Children (ICS = inhaled corticosteroids)

    01/12/2006 1:17:31 AM PST · by neverdem · 292+ views
    While both inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and leukotriene receptor antagonists (LTRA) have been proven to help control mild-to-moderate persistent asthma in school-age children, a new study shows ICS may be the more effective treatment. Response Profiles to Fluticasone and Montelukast in Mild-to-Moderate Persistent Childhood Asthma is featured in the January 2006 issue of the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (JACI) and is currently available on the JACI's Web site at The JACI is the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). The 16-week study was conducted as a multi-center, double-masked, 2-sequence crossover trial...
  • Ramona Bell (Mrs. Art Bell) Dies

    01/05/2006 11:30:07 PM PST · by JennysCool · 162 replies · 8,292+ views
    Unknown Country ^ | January 5, 2004 | Anne Streiber
    Art Bell's beloved wife of fifteen years, Ramona, died unexpectedly last night after an asthma attack. At present, the exact cause of Mrs. Bell's death has not been determined. It apparently took place during her sleep. Until her death, Art and Ramona Bell had not been apart a day since they were married. Mrs. Bell had suffered from asthma for years, and took her normal steps to control the attack, which occured sometime last night in Laughlin, Nevada where the Bells were taking a brief vacation. Ramona Bell was 47 years old.
  • Woman With Asthma Wins Court Ruling Over Breath Test

    01/01/2006 3:23:54 PM PST · by digger48 · 105 replies · 4,973+ views
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Not being able to blow hard enough for a breath test for alcohol is not the same as refusing to take the test, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled. The 3-1 ruling Friday reversed a Hancock Superior Court decision. The case involved a woman who was charged with refusing a breath test under Indiana's implied consent law following an accident in which she was suspected of drunken driving. According to court documents, a Hancock County sheriff's deputy administered field sobriety tests, including a portable breath test, to Meredith Upchurch after a December 2004 traffic accident. The deputy then...
  • FDA wants stronger asthma drug warnings

    11/20/2005 3:44:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 988+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | November 18, 2005 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration warned Friday that three asthma drugs may increase the risk of severe asthma attacks and even death. The agency asked the manufacturers of Advair, Serevent and Foradil to strengthen the warning labels to reflect this risk. The FDA said that even though the drugs decrease the frequency of asthma attacks, they can make the attacks more severe when they occur. The agency said the drugs should be prescribed only if other medicines do not control patients' asthma. Advair had sales of $4.7 billion in 2004, making it one of GlaxoSmithKline's top-selling...