Navigation Links
Research Demonstrates Link Between Domestic Violence and Asthma

The link between environmental exposures and asthma has been clearly described, but a new study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) finds a strong association between domestic violence and asthma. The study, in the upcoming June issue of the International Journal of Epidemiology, raises questions about the role of stress in the development of this common respiratory condition.

"Classic environmental triggers for asthma have been carefully studied, but there is less information on the role of stress in asthma episodes," says lead researcher S.V. Subramanian, Assistant Professor in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health at HSPH. "The risk posed by domestic violence - and perhaps other psychosocial factors - could be as high as some well known environmental risk factors such as smoking."

The authors performed their research using a large nationally representative database of 92,000 households in India, where domestic violence is highly prevalent. Each respondent was surveyed in a face-to-face interview in one of 18 Indian languages. Respondents were asked if anyone in the household suffered from asthma, and were also asked about a personal history of experiencing or witnessing domestic violence. Researchers also accounted for many other factors that have been associated with asthma, including exposure to tobacco smoke and level of education and income.

The study found that women who had experienced domestic violence in the past year had a 37 percent increased risk of asthma. For women who had not experienced domestic violence themselves but lived in a household where a woman had been beaten in the past year, there was a 21 percent increased risk of asthma than for women who did not live in such households. In addition, living in a household where a woman experienced domestic violence also increased the risk of reported asthma in children and adult men.

While the authors caution that the study cannot prove a causal link between domestic violence and asthma, there are several possible mechanisms to explain such a strong relationship between the two. Exposure to violence, and other major psychosocial stressors, is known to affect the immune system and inflammation, which have a role in asthma development. In addition, those exposed to violence may adopt certain coping' behaviors that predispose them to asthma, such as cigarette smoking.

This study is the first to examine the relationship between violence and asthma in India, where domestic violence is at relatively high levels, and where the World Health Organization estimates 15-20 million asthmatics live. Subramanian adds, "Our study suggests a new method for identifying stress-induced episodes and also reveals another terrible health risk of domestic violence."




'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Kidney Stones - Interesting New Research implicates bacteria as its cause
2. Researchers urge caution in using ear tube surgery
3. Paracetamol May Cause Live Damage Warns Consumer Education and Research Centre
4. Researchers Scale to assess the Severity of Epilepsy in Kids
5. Research of Ritalin
6. Researchers trick Alzheimers Enzyme
7. Researchers find new HIV hiding place
8. A Compilation of recent Diabetes Research articles
9. Research on causes for falling helps develop preventive strategies
10. New standards for Human Research Safety
11. Research on Celiac Disease in children
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... selected by Tidelands Health, a three hospital system in South Carolina, to provide ... the lookout for technology that enhances communication, drives workflow efficiencies and improves provider ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... ... injury law firm Monge & Associates is honoring Moms in the time leading ... their Mother or any other mother figure. , According to law firm founder, Scott Monge, ... to say, “we are choosing to do this by giving free roses to those who ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Ogawa World USA introduced ... user friendly Samsung tablet and exclusive Smart Application. The Smart 3D combines the best ... massage with a customized user profile and specialized massage program, each user has a ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... Toronto, ON (PRWEB) , ... May 03, 2016 ... ... been recognized as one of Canada’s top Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies ... top Canadian and Multinational ICT companies operating in Canada, as ranked by revenue. ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Huntington Beach orthopedic doctor , Dr. Rick ... can be used to diagnose and treat joint problems. During this procedure, Dr. Pospisil ... a special lighting system and lens that illuminate and magnify the various structures in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016   BIOTRONIK , a leader ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Iperia ... heart failure patients with access to diagnostic magnetic ... remote monitoring with daily automatic transmission and closed ... in response to physiological demands. ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... OSWEGO, Ore. , May 3, 2016   ... the importance of extending care beyond the implant at ... Sessions, May 4-7 in San Francisco ... with continually delivering the highest quality of patient care ... patients are cared for each and every tomorrow," said ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016 Pharmaceutical giant Johnson ... to a woman who says its talc-based powder products ... Gloria Ristesund $5 million in compensatory damages and ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ) , This is ... company. In February, the same court awarded $72 million ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: