Asthma

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center are preparing to take a closer look at the skin's ecosystem, known as the biome. By studying hundreds of babies and toddlers with eczema , they hope to find out why allergic disease progresses and persists in some people while not in others. Director of Asthma Research at Cincinnati Children's Gurjit Khurana Hershey, M.D. PhD, thinks there is something about the skin of some people which is abnormal, compromising the skin's barrier...

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Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home or in the car face much greater odds of being readmitted to the hospital for asthma. In fact, it's a two-fold increase according to a study by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Children's Hospital. Researcher's measured the blood and saliva of more than 600 children, looking for cotinine, a substance produced when the body breaks down nicotine. "What we found, focusing on the saliva sample, is about 80...