A study published in Chest (April 2003) reported that children with chronic asthma and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) were able to reduce their asthma medicine by 50% following aggressive treatment of their digestive problem. In the study, researchers examined 46 asthma patients, ages 5 to 10, who had no other risk factors for asthma?such as allergies or a parent who smoked?and discovered that 27 showed GERD symptoms.
After being monitored for 6 months, participants were offered GERD treatments. Of the 27, the parents of 18 chose a combination therapy, involving changes in habits and proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs); the parents of 9 chose surgery. During the next year, the 27 children used 50% less asthma medicine than before the GERD treatment began, and many of them no longer needed PPIs.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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