A new tactic for eczema?

Eczema affects about 17 percent of children in developed countries and is often the gateway to food allergy and asthma, initiating an “atopic march” toward broader allergic sensitization. There are treatments — steroid creams and a recently approved biologic — but they are expensive or have side effects. A new study in Science Immunology suggests […]

Mothers who smoke while pregnant contribute to the severity of asthma and poor lung function in their children

Tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy is worse for children with asthma than postnatal secondhand smoke exposure, according to a new study in the journal CHEST® A new study published in the journal CHEST® highlights the burden of obstructive lung disease in US children and implicates tobacco smoke exposure (TSE) through maternal smoking during pregnancy as […]

Maternal smoking during pregnancy contributes to asthma severity and poor lung function in kids

March 5, 2018 Tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy is worse for children with asthma than postnatal secondhand smoke exposure, according to a new study in the journal CHEST® A new study published in the journal CHEST® highlights the burden of obstructive lung disease in US children and implicates tobacco smoke exposure (TSE) through maternal smoking […]

Improving pediatric asthma care is possible

Pediatric asthma is the most common chronic childhood condition and a leading cause of pediatric hospital admissions. New study findings published in the March issue of Hospital Pediatrics shows improved personalized inpatient assessments can enhance the accuracy of the prescribed asthma therapy a child receives. Asthma can be severely disabling and even deadly. Asthma kills […]

Short-term increases in inhaled steroid doses do not prevent asthma flare-ups in children

Researchers have found that temporarily increasing the dosage of inhaled steroids when asthma symptoms begin to worsen does not effectively prevent severe flare-ups, and may be associated with slowing a child’s growth, challenging a common medical practice involving children with mild-to-moderate asthma. The study, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part […]

What do rescue inhalers do?

What are they and why are they used? How rescue inhalers work Short- vs. long-acting rescue inhalers Rescue inhaler side effects How to use rescue inhalers Managing asthma When to see a doctor Takeaway A rescue inhaler helps to expand a person’s airways during an asthma attack. Rescue inhalers dispense a type of medication called […]