asthma http://wesa.fm en New Computer Program Helps Identify Causes of Asthma http://wesa.fm/post/new-computer-program-helps-identify-causes-asthma <p>Can depression lead to asthma? How about over-medicating?</p><p>Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and UPMC are trying to answer these questions with a new computer program that has the ability to track 112 clinical variables for 398 people who do and do not have asthma.</p><p>This program can identify various subtypes of the disease such as asthma related to allergies, sinuses or environmental factors.</p><p>Wei Wu, an associate professor at CMU’s Lane Center for Computational Biology, said they want to help clinicians better define “asthma.”</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 26973 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny Health Network Study Aims to Get a Clearer Picture of Asthma Rates http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-health-network-study-aims-get-clearer-picture-asthma-rates <p>Studies show the rate of childhood asthma in Allegheny County is around 13 percent, higher than the national rate of 9 percent.</p><p>An Allegheny General Hospital study is underway to more precisely determine childhood asthma rates in the region and exactly what triggers the respiratory disease.</p><p>Dr. David Skoner, Division Director in asthma, allergies and immunology for the <a href="https://www.alleghenyhealthnetwork.com/index.shtml">Allegheny Health Network</a>, is a co-director for the study. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:02:10 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23171 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny Health Network Study Aims to Get a Clearer Picture of Asthma Rates Study to Determine Extent of Childhood Asthma in Pittsburgh Region http://wesa.fm/post/study-determine-extent-childhood-asthma-pittsburgh-region <p>It’s hard to know exactly how many kids have asthma in the Pittsburgh region but a study is underway aimed at determining just how prevalent it is and what some of the triggers may be. Nearly 25 million Americans and more than 9 percent of children suffer from Asthma. National and state studies show the rate of childhood asthma in Allegheny County to be around 13 percent.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:20:37 +0000 Deanna Garcia 23083 at http://wesa.fm Study to Determine Extent of Childhood Asthma in Pittsburgh Region Camp Huff-n-Puff Gives Kids with Asthma the Summer Camp Experience http://wesa.fm/post/camp-huff-n-puff-gives-kids-asthma-summer-camp-experience <p>Living in Pittsburgh with asthma can be difficult with <a href="http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&amp;cityid=164">air quality alerts,</a> high pollen and ragweed levels, and general city pollution. Triggers for this chronic inflammatory disease are everywhere and no one knows this better than the kids trying to run outside and play.&nbsp;</p><p>In the past, many believed that children diagnosed with asthma should not be physically active.&nbsp; It was thought that the running and heat would cause an unnecessary increase in breathing problems. Yet 29 years ago, after parents expressed their fear of sending their children with asthma to summer camp, a new concept was born: <a href="http://www.breathepa.org/65/Camp_Huff-n-Puff.html">Camp Huff-n-Puff</a>.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:33:52 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13946 at http://wesa.fm Camp Huff-n-Puff Gives Kids with Asthma the Summer Camp Experience Pittsburgh Physicians Conduct Asthma Research http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-physicians-conduct-asthma-research <p>Twenty-five million people in the United States have asthma, and that number is growing every year.</p><p>Research by the Allegheny Health Network is now underway that examines whether high levels of particulate air pollution in the Pittsburgh area are connected to an increased number of asthma attacks known as exacerbations.</p><p>Pittsburgh has taken great steps to move away from being one of the most polluted cities in the nation, but tiny fragments of pollution generated from the burning of fossil fuels called particulates still pose health problems for those with asthma.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 13738 at http://wesa.fm New Drug Explored at Pitt Could Stomp Out Asthma http://wesa.fm/post/new-drug-explored-pitt-could-stomp-out-asthma <p>A new study out of the University of Pittsburgh may have found a way to treat asthma in patients that were not responding well to any other form of treatment.</p><p>“This is perhaps the most remarkable efficacy study in asthma in the last 20 years,” said the study’s senior author and University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute Director, Sally Wenzel.</p><p>The study used the injectable drug dupilumab, which blocks part of the immune system. For 12 weeks, 100 patients were randomized to either take the drug or a placebo.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 10174 at http://wesa.fm Summit Assesses Overall Health Effects of Pittsburgh Air Quality http://wesa.fm/post/summit-assesses-overall-health-effects-pittsburgh-air-quality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Air quality in Pittsburgh is </span><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-air-getting-cleaner-its-still-dirty" style="line-height: 1.5;">getting cleaner</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but it continues to negatively affect the health and well-being of city residents.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Breathe Project and Allegheny General Hospital convened a summit Tuesday — World Asthma Day — to examine the overall effects of poor air quality, from increased instances of asthmatic attacks, higher mortality rates and cancer.</span></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 20:29:41 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 9128 at http://wesa.fm Downtown Stair Climbers to Raise Lung Health Awareness, Research Dollars http://wesa.fm/post/downtown-stair-climbers-raise-lung-health-awareness-research-dollars <p>Many organizations say to accomplish their goals they take it one step at a time. The American Lung Association (ALA) means that literally.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Saturday in downtown Pittsburgh 478 participants are expected to climb 897 steps to raise $120,000 for the ALA in the organization’s second annual "Fight For Air Climb."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The numbers don’t stop there.</span></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 5016 at http://wesa.fm