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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Asthma

All time
# debunked
Debunked: No, GPs aren't giving out 'rescue packs' en masse to asthma and COPD sufferers
A message that is being shared in WhatsApp groups and on social media contains medical advice that is “not safe” according to one GP.
# Coronavirus
People with asthma and COPD assured there's no need to stockpile medicine
The Asthma Society also advised against people acting on misinformation being spread on social media.
# Coronavirus
Asthma Society of Ireland 'inundated with calls' from people with existing respiratory illnesses
The charity’s CEO has warned that people with asthma would experience more severe symptoms if they contract Covid-19.
# Luck of the Draw
Severe asthmatics face a 'lottery' for access to life-changing drugs
Consultant calling for fairer allocation of HSE budget to give medication to more patients.
# Breathing
Traffic pollution causing 1,700 new cases of asthma in Ireland every year
It means 150 in every 100,000 children here are diagnosed with asthma as a result of traffic pollution.
# grass pollen
People with hay fever told to take precautions as pollen count to be very high across the country
Temperatures in Ireland have soared as high as 25 degrees in recent days, and will continue to be that high until at least the weekend.
# world asthma day
'I've had asthma attacks at school, on holidays, even my debs - I've just had to learn to live with it'
Asthma kills one person every week in Ireland but Cat Kennedy hasn’t let the condition slow her down.
# Melbourne
Six people die from "thunderstorm asthma" in Australia
The rare event triggered respiratory problems for asthma and hay fever sufferers.
# Melbourne
Four dead in Australian "thunderstorm asthma" event
Some 8,500 people have presented to hospital emergency departments.
# just breathe
13 things that will only make sense if you grew up with asthma
It ain’t easy being wheezy.
# Animal Farm
Kids on Amish farms are less likely to get asthma - a new study explains why
Researchers have pinpointed the reason for the low-rates of asthma in children living on Amish farms.
# fighting allergies
Experts warn baby formula guidelines need to be changed
Scientists say there is no consistent evidence certain formulas prevent allergies or autoimmune conditions.
# new guidelines
37 people in Ireland died from asthma attacks last year
And Leo wants this figure to drop.
# ducksforgeorgia
Here's why there are ducks appearing all over Bray
It’s all for Georgia Murphy.
# At last
There's been a breakthrough in those talks on free GP care for kids
Negotiations took place between the Irish Medical Organisation, the HSE and the Department of Health.
# Sleeping with Fur
Sleeping on animal fur can reduce children's chances of getting asthma
Meanwhile, another study found that a father smoking before conception could increase asthma risk.
# late diagnosis
76-year-old woman diagnosed with cystic fibrosis is Ireland's oldest ever case
The woman is the oldest ever first presentation of the condition in Ireland.
# Pollution
Childhood asthma rates linked to black smoke in Galway
A study has suggested that a drop in black smoke levels in the mid-nineties improved overall air quality and helped reduce hospital admissions for asthma.
# Research
Kids who take antibiotics before their first birthday may be more likely to get asthma
The study also found that there is no link between babies using antibiotics and the development of allergies.
# make a plan
Parents urged have 'asthma plan' for child sufferers as emergency care numbers are too high
Tomorrow is World Asthma Day.
# Asthma
This woman doesn't smoke but cigarettes have almost killed her
Just how dangerous is passive smoking?
Column: Why is lung disease so prevalent in Ireland?
Ireland has one of the highest death rates from lung disease in Western Europe – only Belgium, Moldova, Hungary and Kyrgyzstan have higher mortality levels. Dr Edward McKone examines why.
# world asthma day
National asthma programme will 'save lives'
The call comes on World Asthma Day, as an alliance is also formed to fight for better air quality in Ireland.
# bacteria
Infant antibiotic use may have implications for allergies, asthma and obesity - study
A new Irish study has shown that antibiotic use can reduce the number of bacteria in the intestines of children.
# Health
Boots to cut cost of prescription medicines for customers in Ireland
The pharmacy says that it is to lower the cost of the majority of its prescription medicines which will save customers on average 25 per cent.
# Asthma
50 asthma deaths a year 'is too high'
The Asthma Society of Ireland is urging people to learn about how to handle an asthma emergency.
# Infant Health
Babies born even a few weeks early face increased health risks - study
Researchers say new evidence challenges perceptions about the health prospects for babies born early – and even infants born at what has traditionally been regarded “full term”.
# Research
TCD research could lead to new treatment for asthma, dermatitis
Study has found new cells which contribute to the exacerbation of allergic diseases.
# Xolair
Society calls for more access to asthma drug
The Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) has called for improved access to Xolair, a drug for severe allergic asthma.
# Asthma
Light alcohol consumption could help reduce asthma risk, says study
Meanwhile, a separate study says that a woman’s occupation during pregnancy can increase the child’s likelihood of developing asthma.
# Oxegen
STIs, dehydration and stomach upsets: Top health dangers for Oxegen
Music and mud might get the most attention but revellers have also been warned to guard against health hazards posed by festivals ahead of Oxegen this weekend.
# Health
Mild asthma does not require daily treatment says US research
The Asthma Society of Ireland urged caution in response to the findings.
# Asthma
Infants who take paracetamol more likely to develop asthma
Study from New Zealand concludes that “liberally” giving products containing paracetamol given to children may have serious side-effects.
# Health
'Taste buds' discovered in lungs could help treat asthma
Manipulating the taste receptors in lungs may lead to new drugs being developed that help open the airways.