ASTHMA AND RESPIRATORY
INFECTIONS IN SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO MOISTURE AND MOULD
PROBLEMS IN THE SCHOOL
It was found that the
prevalence of asthma was 4.8, which was similar in the children from both
schools. However, the children from the index school more often had
wheezing (16% vs 6%) and cough (21% vs 9%) symptoms than control children.
Positive skin reactions to moulds were rare (2.4%), being present in 7% of
asthmatic and in 1-2% of non-asthmatic children. Lower respiratory tract
infections were more common in the spring than in the fall in children from
the index school, but not in control children, and the difference between
the schools was significant in emergency visits and antibiotic courses.
Thus, evidence was found of an association between moisture or mould
problems in school buildings and the occurrence of respiratory infections,
repeated wheezing and prolonged cough in school children.
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME,
GASTRO-OESOPHAGEAL REFLUX, AND BRONCHIAL HYPER-RESPONSIVENESS IN THE GENERAL
One year prevalences, in men and women respectively, of IBS were 10.5% and 22.9%, of dyspepsia 26.3% and 25.25%, of gastro-oesophageal reflux symptoms 29.4% and 28.2%, of BHR 13.2% and 14.6%, and of chronic bronchitis 8.3% and 4.9%. Logistic regression showed independent associations between IBS and BHR, gastro-oesophageal reflux symptoms and dyspepsia. However, there was no significant independent association between IBS and chronic bronchitis. In men and women the odds ratio for IBS and gastro-oesophageal reflux symptoms was 2.6 and for IBS and BHR 2.1. Also, IBS, gastro-oesophageal reflux symptoms, and bronchial hyper-responsiveness occurred more frequently together than expected, 2.5% of the sample having all three conditions compared with an expected prevalence of 0.7%.
These observations may
indicate the presence of an underlying disorder producing symptoms in both
the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems.
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EFFECTS OF THE MENSTRUAL
CYCLE ON MEDICAL DISORDERS
The evidence supporting a relationship between oestrogen withdrawal and migraine headache is compelling. The frequency of migraine headaches in women increases considerably after menarche and 60% of women with migraine link attacks to menstruation. Seventy to ninety percent of women with menstrual migraine experience improvement during pregnancy but may experience migraine attacks in the postpartum period.
Menstrual exacerbations occur with all types of seizures. Catamenial epilepsy is believed to result from cyclic alterations in both ovarian hormone levels and drug metabolism.
In many women with asthma there is an increased frequency and severity of attacks premenstrually or at menstruation and may be related to changing levels of progesterone or prostaglandins.
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis often improve in the luteal phase when gonadal steroid production is maximal. A subjective increase in morning stiffness and arthritic pain during menstruation and the early follicular phase has been shown.
In women with irritable bowel syndrome symptoms tend to recur and become cyclic, with exacerbation during the postovulatory and premenstrual phases of the menstrual cycle, suggesting a hormonal influence.
Menstrual cycle-related alterations in glycemic control during the luteal and premenstrual phases have been reported in some women with diabetes.
Other disorders exacerbated
by the postovulatory and premenstrual phases of the menstrual cycle include
acne, endocrine allergy and anaphylaxis, erythema multiforme, urticaria,
apthous ulcers, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis.
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SUMMARY OF ANALYSIS OF
ASTHMA AND ECZEMA PILOT STUDY
Between two-thirds and three-quarters of the questionnaires were completed by women. In both the asthma and eczema surveys:
Homoeopathy was used by 17.8%
of respondents and the rest were split between a variety of therapies,
mainly nutrition, yoga, diet, acupuncture, etc. It was concluded that
natural medicines may be useful in the treatment of asthma and especially of
eczema. The small sample may not be representative. Further research
should be carried out, but funding is so far unobtainable.
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