Most people take breathing for granted. After all, it is a natural, involuntary process regulated silently by the brain stem. But for individuals suffering from asthma, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath becomes a scary reality. As a chronic disease of the respiratory system, asthma can cause swelling, inflammation, and narrowing of the airways, making it harder to breathe. … Read More

Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the airways in our lungs. In people with asthma, these airways constrict due to irritation caused by inflammation and airway remodeling–structural changes that cause the thickening of airway walls and subsequent narrowing of the airways. According to the CDC, 1 in every 13 people in the United States has asthma. The prevalence … Read More

In recent decades, California has made efforts to reduce emissions succeeding in partial smog reduction. Even the annual report from the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association indicated long-term trends of air quality improvement. However, the current drought in California has presented itself as a challenge to those efforts. In a report from the American Lung Association, which evaluated … Read More

Life in the 21st century is different from what it once was. Most of us live in contemporary homes in cozy suburban neighborhoods or stacked cities surrounded by modern technology such as the Internet, TVs or automobiles. The only plants we really see are the trees that line our neighborhoods. Only a small fraction of … Read More

Did you know there could possibly be a new way to reduce the risk of asthma in children? And it comes from an unexpected source. Animals! This may seem a bit counterintuitive, but yes, there is a new study that suggests dogs or other farm animals may help in combating the risk of getting asthma … Read More

Asthma is a long-term lung disease that causes wheezing, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, and coughing as a result of  inflamed and narrowed airways. Signs of asthma typically show up during childhood; about seven million children in the United States have asthma. People at higher risks for developing asthma include those with allergies, eczema, … Read More

Asthma is a chronic disease that can be deadly. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), characterizes asthma as the constriction, inflammation, and mucus secretion of the bronchi of the lungs. Asthma can be onset by several triggers. Some of the most common causes include stress, allergies, pet dander, and poor air-quality. Symptoms of an asthma attack include shortness of breath, … Read More

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