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Parents Charged After Daughter's Fatal Asthma Attack

Rachel and Anthony Modrow are accused of stalling on seeking treatment for 9-year-old Amy

(Newser) - The parents of a Minnesota girl who died after an asthma attack earlier this year have been charged with second-degree manslaughter, accused of not taking her to the hospital as she suffered the attack. KARE 11 and the Star Tribune report that Anthony and Rachel Modrow, both 34, were booked...

Asthma Sufferers Brace for 'Huge Shock to the System'

As of Monday, popular Flovent inhaler will no longer be available in US; generic version will replace it

(Newser) - An inhaler commonly used by people with asthma has just a few days left on drugstore shelves. Fast Company reports that as of Monday, Flovent will be officially discontinued in US pharmacies, though manufacturer GSK says an authorized generic version will take its place. In a November statement , the drugmaker...

Unwanted First in Cannabis Industry: Fatal Asthma Attack

Employee's death in plant highlights a health risk in the growing field

(Newser) - A 27-year-old woman suffered a fatal asthma attack last year in what health and workplace safety officials said was the US cannabis industry's first reported occupational asthma death, per the AP . The woman was working in a cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Massachusetts when she experienced work-related respiratory...

For Child Asthma, Gas Stoves as Bad as Second-Hand Smoke
13% of US Child Asthma
Cases Blamed on Gas Stoves

13% of US Child Asthma Cases Blamed on Gas Stoves

It's about the same prevalence as caused by second-hand smoke, researcher says

(Newser) - Gas stoves, found in 35% of US homes, are responsible for about one in eight cases of childhood asthma in the US, according to what researchers describe as "eye-popping" new findings. Studies have shown gas stoves, even when not in use , emit a level of pollution "that can...

Health Groups on Philip Morris Move: 'Reprehensible'

Big Tobacco giant has scooped up UK pharma company Vectura, which makes asthma inhalers

(Newser) - If it seems odd to you that a Big Tobacco giant would be getting into the asthma inhaler business, you're not the only one. NPR notes that "health groups are suspicious" after it was announced Thursday that Philip Morris International has become the majority stakeholder of Vectura, a...

Salton Sea Heads Toward Making Area Unlivable

With chemical stew in the air, one day care puts inhalers around the house

(Newser) - Face masks might be here to stay at the Salton Sea, where breathing was already dangerous. Imperial County lives with a haze over it that includes exhaust fumes, factory emissions, pesticide plumes, and vaporized dust that rises from California's largest lake. There's so much lithium in the water...

These Little Insects Are Europe's New Plague
Millions of Insects Are
Spreading Toxin-Filled Hairs
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Millions of Insects Are Spreading Toxin-Filled Hairs

And European officials are trying to cope

(Newser) - First came the heat . Now Europeans are battling a nasty caterpillar infestation that spreads everything from allergic reactions to rashes to asthma attacks. Millions of the little creatures have made life harder for people in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark, thanks to the insects' toxin-filled hairs—which can ride...

A Funny Thing Happened When LA Reduced Smog
A Funny Thing Happened
When LA Reduced Smog
new study

A Funny Thing Happened When LA Reduced Smog

Children's asthma rates declined by 'substantial' amounts, say researchers

(Newser) - Clean up the smog, reduce kids' asthma cases. It might seem like a logical one-two, but now researchers at USC have put some hard data behind it, reports NPR . In the study published in JAMA , the scientists looked at how asthma rates have changed as air quality has improved in...

He Praised the Hospital, Then Learned Truth of Wife's Death
'I Have the Most Terrible Thing
to Tell You. They Killed Laura'

'I Have the Most Terrible Thing to Tell You. They Killed Laura'

Weeks after his wife's death, Peter DeMarco learned the truth

(Newser) - There's a good chance you heard Peter DeMarco's story. Or, at least, the first version of it. The Massachusetts man received national press after a heartfelt thank-you he wrote to the employees of CHA Cambridge Hospital was published in the New York Times. In it, he extolled the...

Eric Garner's Daughter in Coma After Heart Attack

27-year-old activist is in grave condition, family says

(Newser) - Erica Garner, the 27-year-old daughter of Eric Garner , spent Christmas Day fighting for her life after what family members say was an asthma-induced heart attack. The anti-police brutality activist is one of the six children of Garner, who died in 2014 after being placed in a banned chokehold by New...

Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Cut Baby's Asthma Risk

Large Danish study suggests its reduction of inflammation, a key part of asthma

(Newser) - A large, double blind study out of Denmark suggests that fish oil during pregnancy may help lower a child's risk of asthma, reports the New York Times , reducing rates from 24% in women given placebos to 17% in those given fish oil in the final trimester, amounting to a...

A Storm Hit, Then 800 People Couldn't Breathe

4 deaths blamed on 'thunderstorm asthma' in Australia

(Newser) - Four people are dead after an intense thunderstorm in Australia—but flooding or even lightning aren't to blame, reports the Age . In a rare case of "thunderstorm asthma," strong winds near Melbourne on Monday sent massive amounts of rye grass pollen into the air, making it difficult...

Young Widower Writes Moving Note to Hospital Staff

'I will remember that last hour together for the rest of my life': Peter DeMarco in 'NYT'

(Newser) - A simple thank-you card to the staff at Massachusetts' CHA Cambridge Hospital wasn't enough for writer Peter DeMarco after his 34-year-old wife, Laura Levis, died last month following a severe asthma attack, per Cosmopolitan . Instead, he penned a heartfelt missive to them that was published in Thursday's New ...

Here's Why Amish Kids Don't Get Asthma as Often

They can probably thank the cows

(Newser) - You're probably less likely to see an Amish kid carrying around an inhaler, because they don't seem to get asthma as often as other kids—and researchers think it's due to the cows, Live Science reports. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine ...

Teen Rescues Classmate Having Asthma Attack, Gets Suspended

8th-grader defied teacher, carried wheezing girl to school nurse

(Newser) - When an eighth-grader at Texas' Gateway Middle School started suffering an asthma attack Tuesday, 15-year-old Anthony Ruelas at first did exactly what his teacher told him to do: stay seated while the teacher waited for the school nurse to email back about what to do, the Washington Post reports. But...

Having a Dog Could Make Your Kids Healthier
Having a Dog Could Make Your Kids Healthier

Having a Dog Could Make Your Kids Healthier

Exposure to dogs, farm animals in early childhood cuts risk of asthma

(Newser) - In perhaps the largest study of its kind, researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden are reporting in the journal JAMA Pediatrics that early childhood exposure to dogs and farm animals is linked to lower asthma rates. The team was uniquely poised to study the question in Sweden, where every citizen...

Doctor Rigs Device to Help Child on Plane

Dr. Khurshid Guru used water bottle to make nebulizer

(Newser) - A doctor who came to the aid of a toddler during a transatlantic flight last week is being referred to as a "medical MacGyver." Dr. Khurshid Guru says he heard a call for a doctor after a family reported that their 2-year-old son, who has asthma, was having...

Aquarium Teaches Asthmatic Otter to Use Inhaler

Mishka's trainers at Seattle Aquarium are trying to make it fun

(Newser) - The Seattle Aquarium has diagnosed a sea otter with asthma and is training the animal to use an inhaler. KING-TV reports Dr. Lesanna Lahner diagnosed the otter, named Mishka, after she was having trouble breathing when smoke from wildfires was in the Seattle area. "These lungs ... have more white...

Woman Wins Disability Payout for WiFi 'Sensitivity'

She claims that electromagnetic radiation is causing health problems

(Newser) - Electromagnetic radiation has been around since the universe first formed; it is, in its "most familiar form," light, reports the World Health Organization . But as cellphone towers and gadgets proliferate, electromagnetic radiation has increased, and some claim a sensitivity to it. One woman in France is now getting...

Why Your Kid's Asthma Might Mask a Peanut Allergy

Study: 10% of children with asthma have peanut sensitivity

(Newser) - To an asthma sufferer, a fit of wheezing and coughing probably seems like your average asthma attack. A new study, however, suggests shortness of breath and other symptoms linked to asthma might actually indicate a peanut allergy. After analyzing the records of 1,517 children with asthma at an Ohio...

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