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Child with asthma in the hospital with mother.

This Basic Mistake Is Causing Kids With Asthma To Be Hospitalized

Millions of children in the U.S. have the breathing disorder — and a new study revealed dangerous gaffes with their inhaler technique.

Nurse checking a hospitalized patient's breathing.

Racial Disparities in Asthma Risk and Outcomes

Despite great progress in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma, there seems to be a divide between black and white patients' access to care.

Pediatrician weighing a patient.

Obesity May Raise Kids' Asthma Risk

Could reducing childhood obesity also help reduce rates of childhood asthma? These researchers say it could.

Obese woman with asthma.

The Link Between Obesity and Asthma

Obesity could increase your risk of asthma because of changes in your respiratory muscles and other related conditions, according to this study.

Happy little girl sitting on her bed with her pet dog.

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.

Infant exposed to secondhand smoke by parent smoking a cigarette.

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.

Girl using asthma inhaler in park in autumn.

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.

Woman having trouble breathing

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.

Overweight boy with asthma.

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 your airway muscles function.

Cars and car exhaust on a busy street.

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.