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.
By Makini Brice | Aug 17, 2012 05:08 PM EDT
Here's another reason to embrace a diet rich in fruit and vegetables: the nutrients in them can help keep away the negative effects of air pollution.
By Amber Moore | Aug 17, 2012 07:50 AM EDT
A mother's smoking habits has now been linked to an increased risk of asthma in preschool children, according to a new study. Also, smoking during the early stages of pregnancy was found to be especially dangerous.
By Nikki Tucker | Aug 10, 2012 10:45 AM EDT
Not only are allergies hereditary, but also they are gender-related among parents and their children. A new study suggests a child risk of inheriting allergies increases if a parent of the same sex suffered from it.
By Christine Hsu | Aug 02, 2012 12:36 PM EDT
Federal health officials have released a set of videos featuring the scientific research of how yoga works, the safety of yoga and whether yoga can help treat certain health problems.
By Kelli Cooper | Aug 01, 2012 12:18 PM EDT
If food is something that affects your asthma symptoms, it is empowering to know you can play an active role in your health by simply making different dietary choices.
By Nikki Tucker | Jul 26, 2012 10:39 AM EDT
According to Dr. William Silvers, a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's Sports Medicine Committee, the London smog runs the risk of inflicting exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.
By Amber Moore | Jun 22, 2012 07:02 AM EDT
Dog owners have another reason to cheer. Their best friend might be the reason that the kids in the house have lesser chance of developing asthma.
By Charles Poladian | May 17, 2012 12:44 PM EDT
Millions of people are suffering from asthma and those numbers are continuing to climb. The drastic numbers were released in a new report by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By Christine Hsu | Apr 04, 2012 11:39 AM EDT
Doctors from nine medical specialty boards in the U.S. are warning patients and health care providers to choose wisely when it comes to 45 common medical tests and procedures.
By Christine Hsu | Mar 23, 2012 12:47 PM EDT
New research suggests that childhood exposure to germs may help strengthen the immune system and protect children from developing allergies and asthma in later life.
By Christine Hsu | Mar 12, 2012 03:38 PM EDT
Previous studies linking use of prescription drugs for asthma, epilepsy, diabetes and depression during pregnancy to birth defects have compelled researchers to look further into the issue.
By Christine Hsu | Feb 15, 2012 05:38 PM EST
Scientists have discovered a new molecule capable of fighting common allergy symptoms that can cause asthma attacks, according to a study that will be published on Friday.
By Christine Hsu | Feb 03, 2012 04:47 PM EST
Children breastfed as babies may have stronger lungs and a lowered risk of asthma compared to those who were fed infant formulas, according to new research.
By Adam Daley | Jan 26, 2012 12:04 PM EST
Asthma cases that were caused or made worse by traffic pollution cost a total of $18 million a year on average in two California communities, according to a new study.
Sep 09, 2011 02:47 PM EDT
New discoveries surrounding rheumatoid arthritis may help asthma sufferers as Queensland Medical Center found that two mutant genes found in around 58,000 sampled asthmatic patients are receptible to the same treatments that target Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease.