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Extra Weight May Raise Kids' Asthma Risk

Could ending childhood obesity reduce rates of childhood asthma? Research from the Nemours Children’s Health System suggests that it could.

By Lara DeSanto

The Unique Link Between Obesity and Asthma Risk

How does obesity affect the progression of asthma? Asthmatics who are also diagnosed with obesity are in a unique situation that poses a different set of risks.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

Maybe You Can Keep Your Pet Even if You Have Asthma

Once asthma treatment guidelines are implemented, environmental exposure to pets or secondhand smoke is not a significant factor in asthma control.

By Diane Domina

Children and Secondhand Smoke Risks Decades After Exposure

Secondhand smoke exposure during childhood is linked to increase risk of COPD later in life. Learn about the risks of early exposure to smoke.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

Childhood Asthma May Be Linked to Adult Anxiety

Researchers at Penn State conducted a study to learn more about the association between child asthma and the risk for developing anxiety in adulthood.

By Diane Domina

Women With Asthma at Risk for COPD: Reducing Overlap Syndrome

Did you know that asthma and COPD symptoms can overlap? Learn ways to reduce your risks of developing COPD if you already have asthma.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

How Obesity Raises Asthma Risk

Obesity is a risk factor for asthma and they often coexist. A recent study suggests obesity raises asthma risk by changing how airway muscles function.

By Diane Domina

Severe Asthma Symptoms From Car Exhaust May Have a Genetic Link

People with asthma who have specific genetic profiles experience more severe symptoms when they’re exposed to air pollution, say researchers.

By Diane Domina

How Severe Asthma Differs for Women

Research shows that the severity of asthma, including hospitalizations and mortality, are higher for women than men.

By Stephanie Stephens

How Do E-cigarettes Affect Heart-Health?

Heart health risks have been associated with e-cigarettes. Learn how vaping compares to smoking regular cigarettes in terms of cardiovascular health.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.