Asthma

Why influenza induces asthma attacks?

Why influenza induces asthma attacks?London, May 30: A study has found a previously unknown biological pathway that helps explain why influenza induces asthma attacks in children with the disease.

Researchers at Children''s Hospital Boston studied a mouse model and found that influenza activates a newly recognized group of immune cells called natural helper cells, presenting a completely new set of drug targets for asthma.


Sunshine gives cover to kids against asthma

Sunshine gives cover to kids against asthmaLondon, May 19 : Vitamin D, which is abundantly provided by sunshine, plays a vital role in protecting kids from asthma.

Children in colder, wetter cities are at greater risk of suffering from this respiratory problem since there are fewer hours of sunlight in such places, says a Spanish study.


How maternal smoking during pregnancy puts children at increased asthma risk

How maternal smoking during pregnancy puts children at increased asthma riskWashington, May 19: Smoking during pregnancy by mothers or grandmothers puts the child at an increased risk of developing asthma, but the root cause behind this was so far not well understood. Now, a new study has found that changes in a process called DNA methylation that occurs before birth, can be a valid reason.


Exposure to cockroach allergens may cause asthma in kids

 Exposure to cockroach allergens may cause asthma in kidsWashington, May 18: Researchers have found that children suffering from asthma may be more exposed to cockroach allergens in their neighbourhoods.

A study conducted by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health revealed that children living in New York City blocks where asthma is common have higher levels of exposure to cockroach allergens.

Additionally, these kids were more likely to be sensitised to the allergens.


Inability to handle environmental exposures may cause asthma

 Inability to handle environmental exposures may cause asthmaWashington, May 17: A new study by the Shanghai Women''s Health Asthma and Allergy has suggested that an impaired ability to handle oxidative stress that arises from exposure to secondhand smoke and other environmental triggers may contribute to the development of asthma.

The results suggest regulating the body''s antioxidant defense system may play an important role in asthma prevention.


New tool to assess asthma-related anxiety effectively developed

 New tool to assess asthma-related anxiety effectively developedWashington, May 6 : It has been observed that when children or adolescents with asthma and their parents become overly anxious, it may weaken their ability to cope up with the disease effectively.

Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine and LaSalle University have developed a tool to assess asthma-related anxiety among pediatric patients and their parents.


Once-a-day asthma pill 'more effective than inhaler'

Once-a-day asthma pill 'more effective than inhaler'London, May 5 : A once-a-day pill could revolutionise treatment for asthma, freeing patients from the tyranny of inhalers, which many find difficult to use.

Scientists have found that the pills, known as leukotriene receptor antagonists (LTRAs), were just as good at treating symptoms as inhalers, and patients were far more likely to remember to take them.


Asthma drug found to be just as effective as inhalers also easier to use

 Asthma drug found to be just as effective as inhalers also easier to useWashington, May 5: A new study has found that a rarely prescribed asthma drug is just as effective as inhalers and easier to use.

Researchers of the new study led by the University of East Anglia (UEA), followed 650 patients with chronic asthma for two years.


Yoga, medication helps improve asthma symptoms in urban adolescents

Yoga, medication helps improve asthma symptoms in urban adolescentsWashington, April 16 : A new study has suggested that meditation and yoga can be `helpful' in improving asthma in urban adolescents.

A new study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) shows that urban adolescents with asthma may experience worse outcomes when not using spiritual coping and often use complementary and alternative medicine, or integrative medicine, like prayer or relaxation, to manage symptoms.


Asthma linked to smoking, nicotine dependence

Washington, Mar 31: New research from the University of Cincinnati suggests that a lifetime history of daily smoking and nicotine dependence can increase the risk of asthma.

The study analyzed data from the National Comorbity Survey-Replication (NCS-R) – a large epidemiological survey of American adults.


Asthma drug could help fight Alzheimer''s disease

Washington, March 26 : Researchers at Temple University''s School of Medicine have found that a drug used to treat asthma can reduce the formation of amyloid beta, a peptide in the brain that is implicated in the development of Alzheimer''s disease.


Asthma management programs benefit preschoolers: Study

 Asthma management programs benefit preschoolers: Study Washington, Feb 26: Asthma management programs, developed for parents of preschool children diagnosed with asthma, have huge benefits, shows a study.


Children living on farms ‘less prone to asthma than others’

Children living on farms ‘less prone to asthma than others’London, Feb 24: A new study has confirmed that children living on farms are significantly less likely to develop asthma than others.


Asthma linked to bacterial communities in the airway

Asthma linked to bacterial communities in the airwayWashington, Feb 18: A new UCSF-led study has found that asthma may have a surprising relationship with the composition of the species of bacteria that inhabit bronchial airways.

This finding could suggest new treatment or even potential cures for the common inflammatory disease.


New device can predict asthma attacks

New device can predict asthma attacksLondon, Feb 10: Researchers have developed a new device that can tell if an asthma sufferer is close to having an attack hours in advance.

The handheld sensor could give patients vital time to take anti-inflammatory medicines and prevent a serious episode that may otherwise land them in hospital.

The Siemens device is the size of a mobile phone and works by analysing a patient''s breath and measuring the amount of nitrogen monoxide (NO).


Obese people likelier to report exercise as trigger for asthma: Study

 Obese people likelier to report exercise as trigger for asthma: Study Washington, Dec 23: A new study has found that obese people are likelier to report exercise as the trigger for asthma.

"Compared with normal-weight participants, patients who were overweight or obese were more likely to report ETA (exercise-induced asthma),” said Simon Bacon, a professor at the Concordia Department of Exercise Science and a researcher at the Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de Montreal.


Asthmatics living in poverty suffer more, finds study

Asthmatics living in poverty suffer more, finds studyWashington, Dec 18: A new study has revealed that people with low incomes suffer more from the consequences of asthma as compared to those well off.


Asthma patients have garden mould growing in lungs

Asthma patients have garden mould growing in lungs London, Dec 16 : A common garden mould that causes an allergic reaction in asthmatics actually grows in many patients' lungs.

The discovery was made during research into the impact of the mould Aspergillus fumigates on asthmatics. The fungi is usually found in soil and compost heaps.


Can flu infections prevent asthma?

 Can flu infections prevent asthma? Washington, Dec 14 : In a new study, scientists found that the influenza virus infection in young mice protected the mice as adults against the development of allergic asthma.

The same protective effect was achieved by treating young mice with compound isolated from the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a bacterium that colonizes the stomach and is best known for causing ulcers and increasing the risk of gastric cancers.


Paracetamol doubles risk of asthma in kids

Paracetamol doubles risk of asthma in kidsLondon, Nov 30 - Babies given Calpol or other forms of paracetamol are twice as likely to develop asthma.

Those fed the medicines in the first 15 months of their life are also at much higher risk of allergies when they are older.

Researchers attribute the surge in childhood asthma over the last 50 years to increasing number of parents giving their kids paracetamol for pain or fever relief, the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy reports.


Paracetamol for kids under 15 months ‘doubles their risk of asthma’

 Paracetamol for kids under 15 months ‘doubles their risk of asthma’ Melbourne, Nov 29 : A new study has revealed that paracetamol use in children aged under 15 months can double their chances of getting asthma.

Researchers at University of Otago Wellington conducted the study amongst 1400 children and found that by age six, 95 per cent of children were using paracetamol, significantly increasing the risk of asthma and wheeze.


Black rice may relieve inflammation caused by allergies, asthma

Black rice may relieve inflammation caused by allergies, asthma Washington, Oct 21 : Scientists have reported that black rice — a little-known variety of the grain - may help soothe the inflammation involved in allergies, asthma, and other diseases.


Aerobic exercise may improve asthma symptoms

 Aerobic exercise may improve asthma symptomsWashington, August 03 : Brazilian researchers have found that regular aerobic exercise may help improve respiratory symptoms and psychological distress in adult patients with asthma.

Researchers evaluated the outcomes of an asthma program in 101 patients with asthma.


Experimental non-steroidal treatment of asthma holds promise

 Experimental non-steroidal treatment of asthma holds promiseWashington, July 2 : A new non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory therapy made from human protein significantly decreased signs of asthma in mice, according to a study.

Youngman Oh, a study co-author and a professor of pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, found said that the find may help treat other inflammatory diseases such as atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis too.


Indian-origin scientist suggests use of CT scans for severe asthma

 Indian-origin scientist suggests use of CT scans for severe asthmaWashington, June 15 : An Indian-origin researcher is investigating the use of CT (Computed Tomography) scanning for patients suffering from severe asthma.


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