Influence of Mediterranean diet on the symptoms of childhood asthma

DIt has been observed that the incidence of childhood asthma is gradually increasing in developed countries. It is estimated that one-third of the young population will suffer from this disease in the near future. Diagnosing asthma in children is difficult. It consists mainly of checking clinical symptoms: cough, dyspnoea and wheezing. Asthma attack can be provoked by infection of upper respiratory tract, contact with allergens, tobacco smoke, certain medications and physical activity.

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Short sleep and breathing disorders are indeendant risk factors for developing childhood obesity

DObesity among children has become a tremendous problem all over the world. It involves about 43 million children while in Europe alone it affects 5 million and 20 million of citizens under the age of 18. This disease may lead to an increased risk of bone fractures, cardiovascular diseases as well as diabetes and obesity in the adult life. That is why it is of great importance to search for variable risk factors, the modifications of which could allow for putting an end to the epidemic obesity among the youngest. A significant step has been made by scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. They have observed that both small number of hours of sleep and breathing problems during sleep are the independent risk factors for obesity in children. Read full text »