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20-08-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Low indoor temperatures linked to pediatric asthma outcomes

Research from New Zealand shows that children with asthma experience small but significant variations in lung function in response to changes in indoor air temperature.

11-07-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Asthma shouldn’t keep patients at base camp

Researchers show that patients with asthma experience a moderate loss of asthma control and increased neutrophilic airway inflammation on exposure to high altitude.

30-06-2013 | Respiratory | Article

House dampness linked to pediatric wheeze worldwide

Results from an international study confirm that damp housing conditions are significantly associated with past and current wheeze in children.

03-06-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Deprivation linked to childhood asthma hospitalization

Swedish data show that children living in deprived areas have a significantly higher risk for hospitalization for asthma than do children from wealthier neighborhoods.

12-05-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Keep a weather eye on blood pressure

Some people’s blood pressure may fluctuate in line with changes in the weather, say researchers.

28-04-2013 | Gastroenterology | Article

Educational cartoon boosts worm infection prevention

Researchers in China have found that a health education package targeted at schoolchildren can improve hygiene behaviors and reduce the incidence of soil-transmitted helminth infection.

23-04-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Arsenic exposure may trigger hypertension

Results from a Chinese study suggest that exposure to arsenic through contaminated drinking water may increase a person’s risk for developing hypertension.

22-04-2013 | Occupational medicine | Article

Sporting chance to get back to work for spinal cord injury patients

Research suggests that participation in organized sports may help people with chronic spinal cord injury get back into employment.

18-04-2013 | Infectious disease | Article

Climate change linked to US Lyme disease spread

Researchers have found that over the past 20 years, the incidence of Lyme disease has increased in the northern-most states of the USA, while declining in more southerly states.

16-04-2013 | Occupational medicine | Article

Smoking significant contributor to asbestos-related lung cancer

Quitting smoking significantly reduces a person’s chance of getting lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos, suggest study findings.

15-04-2013 | Occupational medicine | Article

Short-term hearing loss protective

Research shows that short-term hearing loss, such as that experienced by some music concert attendees, is actually protective rather than a sign of long-term damage.

09-04-2013 | Infectious disease | Article

Decontamination of unused hospital supplies prevents waste

Using hydrogen peroxide vapor to decontaminate unused hospital supplies that may have come into contact with multidrug-resistant organisms is effective and could save a significant amount of money, report researchers.

08-04-2013 | Immunology | Article

Etanercept reaps workplace benefits

The cost of treatment with the tumor necrosis factor inhibitor etanercept is offset by increased ability to work, suggests a study of US patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis.

07-04-2013 | General practice | Article

COPD pollution link needs public health action

A study of nearly half a million Canadian residents confirms that exposure to ambient air pollution is associated with a risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

02-04-2013 | Gynaecology | Article

Air pollution increases neural tube defect risk for unborn babies

A high level of exposure to air pollution in early pregnancy significantly increases the risk for congenital birth defects, suggest US study findings published in the

American Journal of Epidemiology

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26-03-2013 | Psychology | Article

Smoke-free workplaces improve home health

Making workplaces smoke free encourages people to make their homes smoke free, suggest findings from an Indian study.

25-03-2013 | Paediatrics | Article

Acute-poisoning admissions common, non-serious in under 6s

Acute poisoning events requiring hospital admission are fairly common in children under the age of 6 years, but are usually resolved quickly with no loss of life or significant period of illness, show results from a Finnish study.

12-03-2013 | Psychology | Article

Effectiveness of mandatory postdeployment programs questioned

The Third Location Decompression program, currently a mandatory activity for UK military personnel following an overseas deployment, may not always be effective in helping personnel readjust, researchers report.

11-03-2013 | General practice | Article

Temperature peaks trigger elderly respiratory admissions

US researchers have found that rises in outdoor heat are associated with increased numbers of respiratory hospital admissions among the elderly.

10-03-2013 | Physical rehabilitation | Article

Athletes achieve pre-injury sporting levels after keyhole hip surgery

The majority of athletes are able to return to their chosen sport after hip arthroplasty for femoroacetabular impingement, achieving pre-injury levels of sporting activity.