Tag Archive for 'asthma'

Economic benefits from smoke-free laws and tobacco control policies

March 28th, 2014 by The Lancet

The introduction of laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces in North America and Europe has been quickly followed by large drops in rates of preterm births and children attending hospital for asthma, according to the first systematic review and meta-analysis examining the effect of smoke-free legislation on child health, published in the paper ‘Effect […]

Road traffic pollution contributes to chronic childhood asthma

March 22nd, 2013 by European Lung Foundation

Research conducted in ten European cities has estimated that 14% of chronic childhood asthma is due to exposure to traffic pollution near busy roads. The results are comparable to the burden associated with passive smoking: the World Health Organization estimates that between 4% and 18% of asthma cases in children are linked to passive smoking. […]

Smoking ban legislation linked to reduced childhood asthma hospital admissions in England

January 21st, 2013 by Imperial College London

The introduction of smoke-free legislation in England was immediately followed by a fall in the number of children admitted to hospital with asthma symptoms, a study, published in the journal Pediatrics, has found. NHS statistics analysed by researchers at Imperial College London show a 12.3% fall in admissions for childhood asthma in the first year […]

Exposure to traffic pollution during infancy impairs lung function in children up to eight years of age

December 7th, 2012 by American Thoracic Society

Exposure to ambient air pollution from traffic during infancy is associated with lung function deficits in children up to eight years of age, particularly among children sensitized to common allergens, according to a study published in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. “Earlier studies have shown that children are highly susceptible to the adverse […]

Women who smoke when pregnant predispose grandchildren to asthma

October 29th, 2012 by BioMed Central Limited

The dangers of smoking on smokers and their children are widely known. Research published in a paper ‘Perinatal nicotine exposure induces asthma in second generation offspring‘ in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Medicine demonstrates that nicotine exposure also causes asthma in the smoker’s grandchildren. Asthma is a major public health problem. It is the […]

Most comprehensive smoke-free laws lead to fewer hospitalisations

October 29th, 2012 by American Heart Association

Comprehensive smoke-free laws are associated with a rapid 15% decrease in hospitalisations for heart attacks, 16% for stroke, and a 24% decrease in hospitalisations for respiratory diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The most comprehensive laws — those covering workplaces, restaurants and bars — resulted in more health benefits. Smoke-free legislation was associated […]

What is the cost of petrol?

March 4th, 2012 by Richard Lord

What is the cost of petrol? The Center for Investigative Reporting find out.

Significant health and economic benefits possible if bicycling replaces short car trips

November 4th, 2011 by University of Wisconsin Madison

Cutting out short auto trips and replacing them with mass transit and active transport would yield major health benefits, according to a study “Air Quality and Exercise-Related Health Benefits from Reduced Car Travel in the Midwestern United States” published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The biggest health benefit was due to replacing half […]