Articles Tagged with ''asthma''

Air quality issues the focus of Asthma Awareness Month

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May is Asthma Awareness Month, and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is taking the opportunity to spread the word about how environmental asthma triggers affect sufferers of the disease. “One in ten kids in America today suffers from asthma, whichdisproportionately impacts communities of color and low-income families,” said U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

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The dangers of school bus idling

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Twenty-five million children in the U.S. ride the bus to and from school, spending an average of an hour and a half on a bus each day. Depending on the design of your child’s bus, it could be emitting harmful particles.

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Obesity is a risk factor for the development of asthma

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Obesity is associated significantly with the development of asthma, worsening asthma symptoms, and poor asthma control. This leads to increase medication use and hospitalizations. In 2010, the obesity rate among adults with current asthma (38.8%) was significantly higher than the rate among adults without current asthma (26.8%).

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What is an asthma action plan?

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An asthma action plan is a written document developed by a healthcare provider and a person who has asthma (or a parent/guardian of a child with asthma). The plan outlines the steps that should be taken to prevent and handle an asthma episode and is customized for each individual with asthma.

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Economic costs of asthma: $56 billion a year

Numbers of asthma sufferers increasing in U.S.
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With May being designated Asthma Awareness Month, the EPA is using the occasion to help individuals control their symptoms and to shine the spotlight on several asthma management programs that have proven effective.

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Weekly News Round-up

AIHA backs VPP bill, NY cracks down on ear buds
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From climate change to a statute of limitations on OSHA citations to cleaning jobs and asthma, here are the week’s top OEHS-related stories as featured on

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Cleaning jobs linked to asthma risk

Occupational asthma underrecognized, says study author
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A new study indicates there is a strong link between professional cleaning and the risk of developing asthma. Researchers at the Imperial College London have tracked the occurrence of asthma in a group of nearly 9,500 people born in Britain in 1958.

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Kids’ health and the environment: progress in some areas, but…

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A report on the health of children as it relates to the environment shows that fewer U.S. children are being exposed to lead, tobacco smoke and air pollution, but more are developing asthma.

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Study finds many cases of adult asthma are occupational

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In a new study by British researchers, one in six cases of adult-onset asthma was linked to the workplace. Additionally, the illness was strongly associated with 18 different occupations --particularly those that exposed workers to chemicals -- such as cleaning jobs, farming, hairdressing and printing.

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Make changes via exec order, group urges Obama

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The Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) has a few items they’d like President Obama to add to his 2013 “To Do” list. Seven items, as a matter of fact.

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