Stress can wreck havoc on your health. And if you have asthma, you no doubt know that stress can cause asthma symptoms. The signs and symptoms of stress range from the benign to the dramatic – from simply feeling tired at the end of the day to having a heart attack. Researchers estimate that 75 percent to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for complaints and conditions that are, in some way, related to stress. And every week, approximately 112 million people take some form of medication for stress-related symptoms. Combine stress and asthma, and the result can be shortness of breath, panic attacks, a feeling of anxiousness, and a whole lot of worrying. In short, when stress rears its ugly head and you have asthma, you may trigger an asthma attack.“Asthma can be set off by stress, but I am not sure that anyone fully understands why,” says Dr. Marjorie L. Slankard, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Ph...
Study findings due to be published in the September issue of the Journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise were released yesterday. The study revealed that in a group of college athletes studied at Ohio State University, exercise-induced asthma , or EIA for short, was often not identified, even when there were existing breathing problems. This study was small (only 107 athletes), but 39 percent of the participants did have test results that suggested EIA, even though most of them had no previous history of asthma. Lending credence to this study was one done with Olympic athletes recently that had similar findings. Exercise-induced asthma is a type of asthma where symptoms are triggered by activity or exercise. If you notice that you're coughing, wheezing, or have chest tightness when you exercise, you might have EIA. Or, even if you just feel extremely tired or winded when you exert yourself, EIA could be the culprit. However, researchers...
Drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia is a blood disorder that occurs when a medicine triggers the body's defense (immune) system to attack its own red blood cells. This causes red blood cells to break down earlier than normal.
See also: Hemolytic anemia
Immune hemolytic anemia secondary to drugs; Anemia - immune hemolytic - secondary to drugs
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
In some cases, a drug can cause the immune system to mistakenly think your own red blood cells are dangerous, foreign substances. Antibodies then develop against the red blood cells. The antibodies attach to red blood cells and cause them to break down too early.
Drugs that can cause this type of hemolytic anemia include:
Cephalosporins (a class of antibiotics)
Penicillin and its derivatives
Some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
There are many other rarer causes of drug...
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