Changes in Vaginal pH May Indicate Premature Delivery

The pH of the vagina may be a good indicator of complications to come. During a model project spanning from 2004 to 2006, pregnant patients were asked to use test gloves to measure the pH of the vagina twice a week for 20 weeks. ... read more »

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

When the B. pertussis bacterium infect the lungs of a child, the result is a severe cough and whopping sound when breathing. Whooping cough can cause death. ... read more »

Childhood Infection: Croup

Croup is a condition that most often affects children between 6 months and 3 years of age. The upper airways become inflamed and your child develop hoarseness and a cough. ... read more »

Asthma in Pregnancy

Asthma is a condition which affects the lungs. Women with asthma who become pregnant must make sure that they properly manage their condition or they put both themselves and their baby at risk.   ... read more »

Respiratory Exacerbations in Children with Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, degenerative disease present at birth. The disease progresses with age and can cause premature death due to complications. ... read more »

Evaluating Current Ventilation Therapies in Preterm Infants

Ventilation and other medical interventions are often used on pre-term infants to improve lung function and prolong early life long enough to allow the lungs to develop properly and sustain life without medical intervention. ... read more »

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that is chronic and life-threatening. A large portion of patients suffering from Cystic Fibrosis are children and young adults. The condition affects the lungs, gastrointestinal system, sweat glands and male reproductive system. ... read more »

Vitamin C Eases Lung Damage in Newborns of Smoking Mothers

A new study says vitamin C can help reduce newborn lung damage if their mothers were smokers during pregnancy. ... read more »

Surprise Finding: Preemies Face COPD in Mid-20s

Adults born prematurely (ex-preterms) and diagnosed with BPD are at increased for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). ... read more »

Lung Cancer

Exposure to cigarette smoke causes as many as 443,000 deaths in the United States each year; an additional 49,000 lung-cancer deaths are caused by secondhand exposure. ... read more »

Positive Parenting and Newborns with Cystic Fibrosis

Recruiting newborns into cystic fibrosis studies is important to research, but there are no studies into how parents feel about including their recently diagnosed newborns in treatment studies. ... read more »

Maternal Occupation May Have Impact on Asthma Risk

A new research study links a mother's occupation during pregnancy to increased risk ofasthma. According to researchers, exposure to certainagents could impact the fetus well into adulthood. ... read more »

Use of Hydralazine in Preterm Infants

Researchers from the Stollery Children's Hospital recently published a study in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews on the potential effect of using the drug Hydralazine to prevent such deaths. ... read more »

Asthma Treatment May Increase Risk Factors in Fetus

Pregnant women with asthma typically used inhaled glucocorticoid during pregnancy. Glucocorticoids relax the lungs and make it easier to breathe. While the risk of disease does not increase when the fetus is exposed to these asthma medications, the risk of metabolic problems and endocrine disturbances may increase. ... read more »

Wheezing Risk Higher in Offspring of Obese Mothers

According to a new study published in Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, obesity prior to pregnancy increases the risk of offspring wheezing four-fold when children of obese mothers are compared to children of normal weight mothers. ... read more »

Impact of LISA on Extremely Premature Infants

LISA or less invasive surfactant administration is a method of administering life-saving surfactant to extremely premature lungs. Surfactant is a substance that prevents the alveoli in the lungs from collapsing when premature infants breathe out. ... read more »

Respiratory Function in Children Born to Mothers with Asthma

Researchers from the Department of Medicine at the Universidade Federal de Sergipe in Brazil recently completed a study concluding that maternal asthma may increase the risk of childhood asthma in offspring. ... read more »

Benefits of Immediate NICU High-Frequency Breathing Support

One of the toughest hurdles that premature babies must overcome is breathing. Preemies almost always require breathing support in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). ... read more »

Antidepressants and Pulmonary Hypertension in Infants

According to a new study, the use of antidepressants during pregnancy may increase the risk of high blood pressure in the lungs or pulmonary hypertension. ... read more »

High-Risk Pregnancy - Maternal

Maternal causes of a high-risk pregnancy ... read more »

Vitamin C Can Help Pregnant Smokers Reverse Negative Effects

It’s never a good idea to smoke during pregnancy. Unfortunately, there are some mothers who choose not to quit smoking during pregnancy, and their children will have to bear the consequences. ... read more »

Lung Liver and Kidney Problems and Pregnancy

Millions of people across the world suffer from kidney disease, lung disease or liver disease. When pregnancy occurs in a woman who is suffering from one of these diseases, the pregnancy is a high risk to both mom and baby and specialized care will be needed in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy. ... read more »

Pneumonia During Pregnancy

Contracting illness is usually out of our control and certainly not a choice, but there are a few things you can do to prevent getting pneumonia. ... read more »

Respiratory Body Changes During Pregnancy

  There are many profound changes with the respiratory system in women during pregnancy week by week. ... read more »

Jogging

I am 12 weeks pregnant, can I continue to jog? ... read more »

Breathing During Pregnancy

When a mother to be talks about breathing during pregnancy, most often it will involve preparation for birth. ... read more »