Lack of Neighborhood Walkability Linked to Asthma
Canadian researchers who followed 326,000 children born between 1997 and 2003 found kids living in neighborhoods considered to be more walkable had lower rates of asthma.
Multiple Allergies May Lead to EoE
Kids with skin, food, and respiratory allergies should be screened for a type of food allergy that affects the esophagus. That's the key finding from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia researchers who looked at the risk of developing eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) in allergic and non-allergic children. Kids with three allergies other than EoE were nine times more likely to develop EoE than those with no allergies.
New Asthma Guideline for Kids
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has released a new pediatric asthma guideline to help clinicians decide which controller medications are right for which patients and when medications should be stepped up. The Pediatric Asthma Yardstick guideline applies to children from infancy through 18 years of age.
Epinephrine Auto-Injectors Get Left Behind
People at risk for a severe allergic reaction are advised to carry an epinephrine auto-injector with them at all times. U.S. investigators find too many of them don't follow that recommendation. In a survey involving 900 participants, they found that while nearly 90% who were prescribed an auto-injector filled the prescription, only 44% said they always carried it with them.
Safety Warning Removed from Asthma Combo Drug
A new study confirms what many doctors have long suspected: asthma drugs combining long-acting beta agonists (LABAs) with corticosteroids are just as safe as corticosteroids alone. The finding caused the Food and Drug Administration to remove a safety warning previously required for the combined medication. The FDA says the warning came after LABAs alone were found to pose problems.