HealthWatch: Steroids And Asthma; The Best Way To Read To Your Kids


ON THE HEALTH WATCH, A WARNING FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM ASTHMA. THE STEROIDS THAT HELP YOU BREATHE COULD ACTUALLY BE PUTTING YOUR HEALTH AT RISK. A NEW STUDY SHOWS SOME PATIENCE MAY BE TAKING HARMFUL DOSES OF STEROIDS. DR. MALIKA MARSHALL IS HERE. HOW DO STEROIDS WORK? ORAL STEROIDS DECREASE INFLAMMATION IN THE LUNGS AND MAKES IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA IN THE THROES OF AN ATTACK TO BREATHE MORE EASILY. IF YOU TAKE THEM FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME OR YOU TAKE EXCESSIVE DOSES, THEY CAN PUT YOU AT RISK FOR DIABETES, OSTEOPOROSIS, ABNORMALITIES. RESEARCHERS IN THE NETHERLANDS STUDY 2000 PATIENTS WITH SEVERE ASTHMA ON HIGH DOSES OF INHALED STEROIDS. THOSE THAT TRY TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM TAKING TOO MANY ORAL STEROIDS. THEY FOUND ALMOST 1/3 OF THEM ALSO TAKING HARMFULLY HIGH DOSES OF ORAL STEROIDS. MANY PATIENTS WEREN’T USING THEIR INHALERS PROPERLY, THEY WEREN’T BEING CONSISTENT ABOUT USING THEM, THEY SAY DOCTORS SHOULD FOCUS ON PATIENT COMPLIANCE AND MAKING SURE PATIENTS KNOW YOU CAN TECHNICALLY GET THE MEDICINE TO THE RIGHT PLACE AND OTHER MEDICATIONS YOU CAN OFFER THAT CAN TRY TO KEEP THEM OFF STEROIDS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. ANOTHER TOPIC, CHERISHED MOMENT AS A PARENT SHARING A STORY WITH YOUR CHILD. DOESN’T MATTER WHETHER THE TALE COMES FROM A PAPER BOOK OR TABLET X A NEW STUDY SAYS YES. IT MAKES SENSE. RESEARCHERS OBSERVED DOZENS OF MOTHERS AND FATHERS READING ALOUD FROM A PRINT BOOK OR TABLET BOOK TO THEIR TWO-YEAR- OLD AND THREE-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN. THEY FOUND WHEN THE PARENTS READ THE DIGITAL BOOKS, THE CHILDREN MORE LIKELY TO INTERRUPT THEM, GRAB THE TABLET, CLOSE IT OR TRY TO OBSTRUCT THE PARENT’S VIEW.