ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
Put Your Best Foot Forward Next Year
CANCER
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
Vitamin D May Improve Melanoma Survival
CAREGIVING
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Olive Oil May Be Key to Mediterranean Diet's Benefits
B Vitamins Might Lower Stroke Risk
Caffeine May Offer Some Skin Cancer Protection
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Arsenic in Drinking Water Raises Diabetes Risk
Gene Mutation May Cause Some Cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Clear Skies Have Become Less So Over Time, Data Show
EYE CARE, VISION
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
Magnetic Pulses to Brain Improve Lazy Eye in Adults
FITNESS
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Simple Holistic Approach to Fight the Common Cold
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
SENIORS
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
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Cleaning House May Be Risky for Women With Asthma

SATURDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Housecleaning products may pose a threat to women with asthma, U.S. researchers say.

During a 12-week study, they compared cleaning-related health effects in women who did and did not have asthma and found a higher number of lower respiratory tract symptoms among the asthmatic women.

Dr. Jonathon A. Bernstein, of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and colleagues found that "women in both groups exhibited increased upper and lower respiratory tract symptoms in response to cleaning agents rated mild in toxicity, suggesting a subtle but potentially clinically relevant health effect of long-term, low-level chemical exposures."

The researchers recommended "that women with asthma should be routinely interviewed as to whether they clean their home and cautioned about the potential respiratory health effects of these activities."

The study was published in the January issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Asthma affects about 20 million people in the United States. Death rates from the disease are higher among women than men. In many homes, women are the primary cleaners.

Authors of the study concluded that "longer, prospective studies of nonprofessional household cleaners are needed to determine whether there is an association between household cleaning agent exposure and the development of asthma."

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about asthma.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, news release, Jan. 22, 2009

Last Updated: Feb. 14, 2009

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