Allercy and Asthma Health
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EpiPen Recall
According to the FDA, 13 lots of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr have been recalled due to the potential that they may have a defective part that could result in the failure of the devices to operate correctly. The recall affects devices that were distributed between Dec. 17, 2015 and July 1, 2016.

Thunderstorm Asthma Really Is Real
Is thunderstorm asthma really a thing? Yes, report researchers from the University of Georgia. Their study finds rainfall and high humidity rupture pollen particles, which are then further fragmented by lightning and spread by strong winds. A combination of these factors can increase the likelihood of asthma attacks.

Asthma Linked to Discrimination in Kids
A new study out of the University of California San Francisco suggests children who are exposed to racial discrimination are at greater risk of developing asthma. African-American kids who said they had been discriminated against were 78% more likely to have the condition than those who said they had not experienced discrimination.

Breastfed Babies Less Likely to Wheeze
Canadian investigators who following more than 2700 new mothers and their babies for one year found babies who were breastfed longer and more exclusively were significantly less likely to experience wheezing. Among babies whose mothers had asthma, the finding was especially striking. Those who were exclusively breastfed for six months were 62% less likely to wheeze than those who weren’t.

Pollen Allergy May Be Affecting Grades
Could pollen allergies be affecting the performance of students on end-of-year exams? Researchers from Norway believe the answer is yes. In a study that compared exam performance among young people with and without pollen allergy symptoms, those with pollen allergy fared worse on exams on days when pollen counts had increased.


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