New study finds an effective way to reduce stress for asthma sufferers

By Tania F. DeLucaThe Huffington Post November 17, 2017This study has been hailed as the first to definitively answer the question: How can people with asthma cope with stressful situations when their breathing is blocked by breathing masks?

The study found that a small group of people with moderate-to-severe asthma had a greater chance of living a long life with asthma if they were able to get a mask.

In the study, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University at Buffalo compared data from the American Heart Association’s Heart Failure Monitoring Survey (HFMS) and the World Health Organization’s World Health Report (WSHR).

Using the HFMS and the WSHR, the researchers identified people who reported moderate- to severe asthma, who were at least one year old, and had a history of at least two episodes of severe asthma within the past year.

Using the data from both studies, the scientists found that people with severe asthma were about 20% more likely to live a long and productive life if they had a mask, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. 

The findings of this study are being presented in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

The researchers looked at a variety of stressful life events and then tracked how they impacted people’s lives.

For instance, the HFMT found that individuals with severe respiratory illnesses are more likely than others to experience a stressful event, such as being told they cannot have a baby or losing a job.

But the researchers found that having an asthma flare-up that requires mask use, which was the case for the study participants, did not affect survival.

Instead, people with mild-to no asthma were significantly more likely in the study to live longer with asthma than those with severe or moderate asthma.

“This is a promising study that has the potential to provide a long-term and clinically meaningful outcome,” said Dr. Richard Rabinowitz, an asthma researcher at the Center for Asthma Research at Mount Sinai Hospital and the author of the study.

“The findings suggest that, if people with no previous history of asthma are able to reduce their risk of exacerbations and manage their asthma well, it may be possible to provide additional benefits to asthma sufferer populations.”

The study also found that mask use was more effective at preventing an exacerbation of asthma.

People who lived with asthma for more than three years were about 40% more effective than people who did not live with asthma.

The study was led by Dr. Matthew G. Schuster, the John A. Guggenheim Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Policy and an assistant professor at Mount St. Mary’s Medical Center in Baltimore, who was a co-author of the original study.

“People with asthma are often in a very bad situation.

They are living with asthma at a time when they are having severe exacerbations, so they are in an even worse situation,” he told the Pittsburgh Gazette.

“This study showed that they have a much better chance of surviving and having an easier time surviving when they have asthma masks on.”

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette wrote that the study showed people who lived in homes where they could be more active were better able to manage their illness.

“In a study of asthma suffenders, who live in homes with a moderate to vigorous activity level, they are 10% less likely to die of heart disease than those living in homes that do not,” the paper said.

“They also have a lower risk of experiencing asthma flare ups that require mask use.”

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