asthma

Childhood asthma
11:43 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

House Proposal Could Put Spotlight On Asthma Care In Rural Missouri

Approximately 11 percent of children in Missouri suffer from asthma.
Credit Flickr: NIAID

Missouri is on the verge of breaking new ground in asthma care by extending more services to needy children in rural parts of the state. 

The additional services would include specialists to inspect more homes to pinpoint asthma triggers. They would also supply educators to show families and health providers how to identify and reduce the triggers, and to help asthmatic children manage their condition.

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Asthma App
5:41 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

SLU To Help Develop Asthma App

The asthma risk app being co-developed by Saint Louis University could look something like this.
Mark Gaynor, Saint Louis University

Faculty at Saint Louis University are helping to develop an app to provide asthma sufferers with a dynamic, personalized map showing areas of high asthma risk.

Saint Louis University health information technology expert Mark Gaynor says the first step is to build a geographic database. It will include asthma-related information like emergency room visits, air quality conditions, and even asthma-related Google searches.

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Minority Health - Asthma
11:46 am
Thu October 11, 2012

St. Louis County To Receive $30,000 For Asthma Education In Normandy Schools

According to the CDC, about seven million U.S. young people have asthma.
CDC.gov

The St. Louis County Department of Health will receive $30,000 for asthma education and outreach in the Normandy School District.

The grant from the Environmental Protection Agency is part of $1.2 million in funding to 32 state and local governments, tribes, and non-profit organizations for indoor air quality projects.

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Air pollution
6:24 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Hot days mean more air pollution – and potential health risks

Air pollution is visible in this view of the St. Louis skyline.
(Missouri Department of Natural Resources)

Warming temperatures may have you wanting to spend more time outdoors. But warm weather can mean more unhealthy air.

Susannah Fuchs of the American Lung Association says our region’s sunny, hot, nearly windless summer weather creates the perfect conditions for the formation of ozone – the main component of smog.

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Child Health - Asthma
4:25 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Acid reflux medication doesn't help kids with asthma, new study shows

About nine million children in the United States have asthma.
(National Institutes of Health)

For years doctors have prescribed acid blockers to children with no symptoms of acid reflux to try to help control their asthma.

But a new study shows the anti-reflux medicine isn't helping.

The research followed more than 300 children between the ages of 6 and 17. In addition to an inhaled steroid, about half the children were given an acid blocker for six months, and half a placebo. None of the children had symptoms of acid reflux.

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