May 7: We can not run out of breath in the face of asthma

According to data from the World Health Organization, asthma is a disease that affects more than 200 million people worldwide. It is a chronic disease caused by the inflammation of the airways and characterised by episodes of shortness of breath (dyspnoea) and wheezing (the “whistling” of asthmatics). It also happens to be the most common chronic disease in young children.

If on top of this, there is a risk of death in some cases, the answer should be clear: health authorities and professionals can not take a breather. We must continue working to find new treatments. May 7, World Asthma Day, is a particularly important day, when an effort of collective awareness needs to be made.

Asthma and food Food is one of the factors that have an impact on the health of asthmatics. Thus, it doesn´t come as a surprise that the Spanish Society of Paediatric Pneumology (SENP), has recently confirmed that the intake of fresh food, rich in antioxidants, helps prevent childhood obesity and reduce the prevalence of asthma. The association between asthma and obesity has been shown through various studies, in which weight loss of asthmatic patients has significantly improved the symptoms of respiratory disease. How do I know if I have allergic asthma? There are 2 types of asthma: • Allergic asthma • Asthma which has no origin Read more

Confirmed: Childhood vaccines do not increase the risk of autism

One of the pillars of prevention against childhood diseases, vaccination, has come into question in the last few years.

Some sectors theorised about a possible link between too many vaccines and autism during the first 2 years of life, which had triggered the alarms in some communities of parents, who even refused to give their children the doses reflected in official vaccination programmes.

The latest studies are totally conclusive: vaccines in the first months of life do not increase the risk of developing autism. This is confirmed by a recent study carried out by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published by "The Journal of Pediatrics”. A total of 256 cases of children with autism disorders were analysed for this study, which investigated their levels of antigen -the substance of the vaccine that stimulates the body to produce antibodies that protect the patient. The obtained results were then compared with a sample of 752 children without autism. As is explicitly stated in Read more

Childhood obesity: a weighty problem that affects us all

Obesidad infantil

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that develops when excess body fat negatively affects your child, limiting his or her capacity to perform certain activities and affecting physical and emotional well-being. This is a problem that, on reaching adulthood, can provoke hypertension, high blood cholesterol levels, diabetes, low self-esteem and even depression.

WHAT CAUSES CHILDHOOD OBESITY? According to experts, changes in eating habits in modern society and a sedentary lifestyle are the principal factors that give rise to this condition. As we spend more and more time playing video games and using the Internet, the future is looking bleak. Data and statistics from recent years are a cause for concern as, in addition to the consequences for affected children and their environment, childhood obesity is becoming a problem for the whole of society, and action must be taken. Not only to improve our children’s quality of life, but to also reduce the ever higher Read more