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Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
A Little Drink May Be Good for Your Bones
CANCER
Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes
Child's Food Allergies Take Toll on Family Plans
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Health Tip: After Liposuction
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
DIABETES
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Antioxidants Abound in Cereals, Popcorn, Whole-Grain Snacks
Herb Shows Potential for Rheumatoid Arthriti
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Common Pesticide Tied to Development Delays in Kids
Smog Standards Need Tightening, Activists Say
Pregnant Rural Women More at Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision
Unconscious Learning: In the Eye of the Beholder?
FITNESS
Run for Your Life
Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving
Higher Fitness Levels Tied to Lower Heart, Death Risks
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
New Methods Could Speed Production of Flu Vaccines
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Protect Your Kids From Swine Flu While at Camp
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Babies Cared For In Others Homes Might Become Heavy Toddlers
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
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Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse

Air pollution from city traffic appears to increase asthma attacks in kids that require an emergency room visit, a new study reports.

The effect was found to be strongest during the warmer parts of the year.

The researchers who conducted the study, done in Atlanta, were trying to pinpoint which components of pollution play the biggest role in making asthma worse.

"Characterizing the associations between ambient air pollutants and pediatric asthma exacerbations, particularly with respect to the chemical composition of particulate matter, can help us better understand the impact of these different components and can help to inform public health policy decisions," the study's lead author, Matthew J. Strickland, an assistant professor of environmental health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, said in a news release from the American Thoracic Society.

The researchers examined the medical records of children 5 to 17 years old who had been treated in Atlanta-area emergency rooms from 1993 to 2004 because of asthma attacks. Data were gathered from more than 90,000 asthma-related visits.

They then analyzed connections between the visits and daily data on the levels of 11 different pollutants.

The researchers found signs that ozone worsens asthma, as they had expected. But they also found indications that components of pollution that comes from combustion engines, such as those in cars and trucks, were also linked to serious asthma problems in kids.

Results of the study were published online April 22 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

SOURCES: American Thoracic Society, news release, April 22, 2010 Published on: April 22, 2010