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post in: Health, News Date:25 Aug 2017, 21:43 views:4489
Bangalore has around 26 lakh children and more than half of them suffer from asthma due to the fast changing. Industrial growth, increasing population and vehicular pollution are the main factors responsible for the trend.
Around 1,500 vehicles are registered here daily. Asthma is a chronic illness of the respiratory system caused by allergens present in the environment. These allergens cause sneezing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.
Dust mites in the humid atmosphere of Bangalore trigger around 60 of asthma, while vehicular emissions like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, benzene, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, aldehydes, sulphur dioxide also act as trigger agents. That explains why more children coming from schools situated in high-traffic zones have asthma than those coming from low-traffic areas. There are 3,722 schools in the city situated amidst heavy traffic and 2,565 of them in low-traffic region.
While.34 children from heavy traffic schools suffer from asthma, the percentage for low traffic schools.15. A new study has suggested that even monthly use of the drug acetaminophen may more than double risk of asthma in adolescents compared to those who use none at all. However according to another health study, it home states that Acetaminophen or Paracetamol is a widely used over-the-counter gesic (pain reliever) and antipyretic (fever reducer).
"This study has identified that the reported use of acetaminophen in 13- and 14 year old adolescent children was associated with an exposure-dependent increased risk of asthma symptoms said study first author Richard Beasley,.D., professor of medicine, at the Medical Research Institute of New. As part of the isaac program, two written questionnaires and one video questionnaire were administered to more than 300,000 13- and 14 year old children in 113 centers throughout 50 countries, asking them to quantify their use of acetaminophen (none, "medium"- at least once.
There was a significant association between acetaminophen use and risk of asthma and eczema. For medium users the risk of asthma 43 percent higher than non-users; high users had.51 times the risk of non-users. Similarly, the risk of rhino conjunctivitis (allergic nasal congestion) was 38 percent higher for medium users and.39 times as great for high users compared to non-users.
For eczema, the relative risks were 31 percent and 99 percent respectively. The research results will be published online on the American Thoracic Society's Web site ahead of the print edition of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.