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Insufficient Vitamin D Tied to Severe Asthma Attacks

Asthmatic children with relatively low vitamin D levels in their blood may have a greater risk of suffering severe asthma attacks than those with higher levels of the vitamin, a new study suggests.The study, which followed more than 1,000 children with asthma for four years, found those with vitamin-D "insufficiency" at the outset were more likely to have an asthma attack that required a trip to the hospital.Over the four-year study, 38 percent of children with insufficient vitamin D levels went to the emergency room or were hospitalized for an asthma exacerbation. The same was true of 32 percent of children with sufficient levels of the vitamin.When the researchers considered other factors — including the severity of the children's asthma at the study's start, their weight and their family income — vitamin D insufficiency itself was linked to a 50 percent increase in the risk of severe asthma attacks.Researchers led by Dr. Augusto A. Litongua, of Harvard Medical School in Boston, repo...

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  1. Even Low Pollen Levels Trigger Kids' Asthma

    Kids with asthma and pollen allergies were more likely to wheeze, cough and have shortness of breath and other asthma symptoms, even when pollen levels were consider...

  2. Asthma Drugs May Increase Attacks in Kids

    One class of drugs used to prevent wheezing and shortness of breath in people with asthma may increase kids' risk of being hospitalized for an asthma attack, accordi...

  3. Asthma , Acid Reflux: What's the Connection?

    When Debra Peterson tells her patients their worsening asthma symptoms may be related to gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, they look at her with shock.“Peopl...

  4. Burger Diet Linked to Higher Childhood Asthma Risk

    Children who eat three or more burgers a week may be at a higher risk of asthma and wheezing, but a healthy diet rich in fruit and fish seems to stave off the risk, ...

  5. Burger and Fries Worsen Asthma , Study Suggests

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    Some women may have more or fewer asthma symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing, depending on their time of the month, a new study suggests.Researchers said spikes ...

  7. Can ginger help treat asthma symptoms?

    For the millions of asthma sufferers around the world, the familiar, typical symptoms of wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath are a common occurrence.The preva...

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