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Fighting Asthma with ... a Healthy Diet?

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May 17, 2013

More than 25 million people in the United States have asthma.1 Environmental factors like air pollution, cigarette smoke, and mold are known to trigger asthma attacks, but new research suggests that the quality of your diet can affect your susceptibility to these triggers. In this podcast, we learn why a healthier diet might help reduce asthma attacks.

Expert

Gregory B Diette, M.D.

Gregory B. Diette, M.D., is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University and Center Director for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Environmental Health Center. He is a pulmonologist with a practice devoted to the care of patients with obstructive lung diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He has an extensive portfolio of patient-based research in asthma and COPD, supported by the NIH and other sponsors. Dr. Diette's current research focuses on identifying environmental causes of obstructive lung diseases, the role of diet in development of asthma, as well as understanding and reducing disparities in health of racial and ethnic minorities.

For More Information

NIEHS Asthma Page
Explore a wealth of resources about asthma, health studies and clinical trials, and NIEHS-supported asthma research.

NIEHS Centers for Children’s Environmental Health & Disease Prevention Research Program
Find information about these NIEHS-funded research centers, which are focused on yielding insights about asthma and many other issues in children’s environmental health.

NIEHS Kids Page: Asthma & Allergies 
Find kid-friendly stories and games exploring the role indoor pollutants play in asthma and allergies.

CDC Asthma Page 
Get asthma facts and statistics and learn about the CDC’s many asthma programs, including the National Asthma Control Program.

Asthma Information from the EPA 
Learn about asthma triggers and the management of indoor and outdoor pollutants linked to asthma.

American Lung Association Asthma Page 
Find basic information about asthma and explore ways to create asthma-friendly environments at home, work, and school.

Asthma Overview from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology 
A website about the science of asthma diagnosis, symptoms, and management, including a just-for-kids section  featuring games and videos from “Mr. Nose-it-All.”

Additional references

1 National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, 2013. What Is Asthma? 

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