Posts Tagged ‘asthma’

3 Food Industry Pushbacks on Health and Labeling

March 8, 2014 — Three food industry pushbacks on recent health and labeling initiatives are taking shape. A $50 Million Ad Campaign. The Grocery Manufacturers Association is planning a campaign to promote their Facts Up Front labeling initiative. The industry likes it because it’s totally voluntary and flexible enough to make room for health marketing claims, in addition to […]

The 7 Worst Reasons for Ignoring Obesity as a Disease

July 4, 2013 — Let’s give credit where credit is due. Morgan Downey has published a brilliant examination of flawed logic for ignoring obesity as a disease. These rationalizations are surfacing in response to the recent AMA decision that it is a disease. We are presenting a synopsis here for your convenience, but we encourage you to read his […]

Air Pollution Can Trigger Asthma Through Genetic Changes

February 24, 2013 — Research presented yesterday at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) further explains how air pollution can cause new cases of asthma by triggering genetic and immune system changes. The senior investigator, Kari Nadeau, said,  “We’ve shown that the gene being changed is directly associated with asthma and severity of the asthma.”  Nadeau […]

Asthma and Allergy Organizations Merging

February 17, 2013 — The Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) are merging in the coming weeks, creating the most comprehensive nonprofit source of education, research, advocacy, social networking, and support for millions of families living with these diseases. More than 60 million people in the U.S. are living with […]

The Creation of an Asthma Generation?

February 10, 2013 — Asthma is the most common chronic childhood illness and has markedly increased over the last few decades. A 2009 study by Cook Children’s Health System found that youth in a six county area around Fort Worth were diagnosed with asthma at rates as high as 25% of their age group. Evidence is mounting that cement plants […]

Fast Foods Linked to Asthma in Children

February 4, 2013 — Frequently eating fast food affects more than a child’s weight, a new study has found. Not only does fast food’s high calories and poor nutrition food result in weight gain, the study suggests that children and teens who eat fast food three or more times a week are likely to have more severe allergic reactions, […]

Why Do People with Obesity Have Higher Rates of Asthma?

January 27, 2013 — The association between obesity and asthma is not well understood. To understand potential reasons at a cellular level, researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center designed a study to explain the genetic and molecular relationships among obesity, airway diameter, and lung function. They found that leptin, a hormone that plays a key role in obesity […]

Obesity Treatment in Children Improves Asthma

December 1, 2012 — December 1, 2012 — Project Energize, a healthy nutrition and physical activity program in the Waikato Region of New Zealand, has found a drop in asthma symptoms following an intervention to reduce excess weight. The program originally began as a trial in 2004 and later expanded to all Waikato primary schools after it proved successful […]

OTC Asthma Treatment Stirs ACAAI Controversy

November 17, 2012 — November 17, 2012 — A proposal from FDA for an expansive approach to OTC drugs spurred the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) to hold a symposium on the subject and to hotly debate the topic throughout the course of its annual meeting this week.

Nasal Allergies Burden Health and Sleep

November 11, 2012 — November 11, 2012 — Allergic rhinitis imposes a serious burden on the health and sleep patterns of Americans, according to data presented and the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI).