Asthma Asthma (from the Greek άσθμα, ásthma, "panting") is the common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. It is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Fear Of Losing Your Job Increases Your Risk Of Developing Asthma

By | Mon, 09/22/2014 - 18:30

Work-related stress, in particular the anxiety of losing your job, may bring on a first-time asthma attack.

Male Smokers Put Their Unconceived Babies At Risk For Asthma

By | Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:04

Smokers who haven't even thought about having kids yet may already be putting their unborn children at risk for asthma.

Sniff Sniff: 'Electronic Nose' Detects Subgroups Of Asthma In Kids

By | Sun, 09/07/2014 - 10:31

An "electronic nose" device can identify subgroups of asthma, allowing scientists to begin developing personalized treatments.

The Malaria Drug That Could Help Asthmatics Breathe Easier

By | Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:45

A new study shows that a malaria drug has the potential to treat allergic asthma better than current treatments.

New Genetic Evidence Shows Obesity May Lead To Asthma

By | Tue, 07/01/2014 - 18:23

Researchers found that your risk for asthma increases by 55 percent for every extra unit of body mass index.

Yoga Is Great, But It Won't Relieve Your Asthma

By | Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:01

A new study shows that yoga is not the best treatment for asthma. In most cases, it barely compared to other breathing exercises.

Not All Asthmatic Kids Benefit From Inhalers; Doctors Look To Alternative Treatments

By | Sun, 06/01/2014 - 10:43

Following a 2011 study finding that a gene variant may cause a poor response to asthma medications, British investigators plan to launch two large pediatric studies this year.

Cooking With Vitamin E-Rich Oils, Like Canola Oil, May Be Bad For You

By | Sun, 05/25/2014 - 15:38

A new study from Northwestern University shows that rising consumption of "bad" Vitamin E found in canola, corn, and soybean oils is associated with lowered lung functioning.

Asthma And Other Respiratory Diseases May Be Linked To Bone Density Loss

By | Thu, 05/01/2014 - 12:14

People suffering from asthma are also at risk for bone density loss, possibly due to the use of corticosteroids, lack of vitamin D, or race.

Asthma May Increase Risk Of Bone Disease

By | Sun, 04/13/2014 - 14:10

Asthma and airway hyperresponsiveness may increase the risk of bone disease and lower bone density.

Traffic Pollution Sends White Kids With Asthma Back To The Hospital

By | Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:39

High exposure to traffic-related air pollution triples the risk of hospital readmission for asthma among white children, a new study finds.

Secondhand Smoke Will Send Your Child Back To The Hospital

By | Mon, 01/20/2014 - 00:00

Exposure to secondhand smoke in the car or at home doubles a child's risk of returning to the hospital within a year of being admitted for asthma, a new study finds.

Household Dog Protects Children Against Allergies, Asthma

By | Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:55

A pet dog allowed indoors protects against asthma and allergies by promoting healthy gut bacteria.

Asthma Linked To Infertility In Women

By | Fri, 11/15/2013 - 10:59

Women who suffer from asthma are more likely to have difficulty becoming pregnant due to the bronchial disease's inflammation.

6th Grader Laporshia Massey Dies From Asthma Complications With No School Nurse On Staff

By | Sat, 10/12/2013 - 16:44

A 12-year-old girl died after getting sick at school, which could only afford to have a nurse on certain days.