Asthma

Boffins develop model that demonstrates infectious cause of asthma

Washington, May 25 : An animal model that shows how an early childhood lung infection can cause asthma later in life has been developed by scientists from the University of Massachusetts.

The boffins present their data at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego.


Common lung infection virus can trigger asthmatic symptoms in kids

AsthmaWashington, Oct 22 : American scientists have found that a common lung infection virus, which generally comes and goes without causing any long lasting impact on children, may actually hide in the lungs and trigger asthmatic symptoms.


Exposure to noxious gas stove emissions worsens asthma in kids

Washington, Oct 14 (ANI): Exposure to high levels of noxious gas emitted from gas stoves can exacerbate asthma symptoms in children, especially preschoolers, say researchers.

Nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a toxic form of nitrogen oxide gas, is most prevalent in industrial zones but also found at higher levels in poor homes with unvented gas stoves.

During the study, the research team compared the frequency and intensity of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness to NO2 levels inside the inner-city homes of 150 Baltimore City 2- to 6-year-olds.


Kids’ asthma affected by parental expectations

Kids’ asthma affected by parental expectationsWashington, Oct 6 : A new study has revealed that asthmatic kids whose parents have high expectations for their ability to function normally are less likely to have symptoms than other children dealing with the condition.


Wheezing infants with colds at 10-fold asthma risk in later life

AsthmaWashington, Oct 2: Infants who wheeze while suffering from common cold are at a ten-fold risk of developing asthma in later life, say researchers.

The new study from University of Wisconsin has found that wheezing toddlers with most common cold virus are significantly more likely to become asthmatic.


Paracetamol administered to babies increases asthma risk

A study by health experts indicates that administration of pracetamol to Paracetamol administered to babies increases asthma riskbabies can increase the chance of asthma by the age of six or seven. The study conducted on more than 200.000 children in 31 different countries, shows that paracetamol given in the first year of the child increased the asthma risk by 46%. 


Monitoring exhaled nitric oxide does not improve asthma control

AsthmaLondon, Sept 20: Monitoring levels of exhaled nitric oxide in teenagers having asthma and adjusting treatment accordingly has no influence in improving the course of the condition, according to a new study.

Conducted by the Inner City Asthma Consortium (ICAC), the study of almost 550 adolescents from 10 cities across the United States, was led by Stanley Szefler, M. D., of National Jewish Health in Denver.


Paracetamol: Does It Cause Asthma?

Paracetamol use in babies makes them more prone to asthma. Asthma Paracetamol: Does It Cause Asthma? Calpol Link has been demonstrated in a large study of 100,000 to 200,000 children in over 20 countries.


Maternal diet can impact asthma risk in offspring

Maternal diet can impact asthma risk in offspringWashington, Sept 19: A maternal diet rich in methyl donors, of which one source is the prenatal supplement folate, can increase developing fetus’ chances of suffering from asthma after birth.

John Hollingsworth and colleagues, at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, have generated the evidence in mice.


Steroids less effective in obese asthma patients

Steroids less effective in obese asthma patientsWashington, Sept 17: Steroids may not be as effective in obese asthmatics as in those with normal weight, finds a new study from National Jewish Health.

The researchers have found that glucocorticoids, commonly known as steroids, the primary controller medication for asthma, are 40 percent less beneficial for overweight and obese asthma patients.


Inflammation not to blame for asthma-obesity link

Inflammation not to blame for asthma-obesity linkWashington, Aug 30: Though there is a strong link between obesity and asthma, inflammation is not the condition's long-suspected mediator, according to a group of researchers.


Physically, sexually abused kids at higher asthma risk

AsthmaWashington, Aug 30: Physically or sexually abused kids are at a significantly higher risk of having asthma, according to a new study.

The study, which was conducted on urban children in Puerto Rico, showed that kids who face physical or sexual abuse are more than twice as likely to have asthma as their peers.


Obese people may carry asthma trait

WashingtonAsthma, Aug 5: People who are obese with asthma may carry a specific trait that causes them to have poorer asthma control than their slim counterparts, suggests a new research.


UK health chiefs ask carpenters to ditch the broom over asthma fears

AsthmaLondon, July 19 : British health officials have asked carpenters and woodworkers not to use brooms to sweep up sawdust because they are considered dangerous.

Under the "ridiculous" new health and safety guidelines sweeping up wood chippings in dusty workplaces can provoke asthma attacks and long-term exposure leading to nose cancer.


Absence of specialized cells linked to asthma, allergies

Washington, July 17: Researchers from NYU School of Medicine have revealed that asthma and other allergies are tied to absence of specialized cells that block allergic reactions.

The researchers have identified a class of custom-made T-cells manufactured according to instructions from a gene called Foxp3 whenever we eat or inhale a potential allergen for the first time.


Doctors ‘reluctant’ to taper off medicines in kids with stable asthma

Washington, July 7 : A new study has shown that doctors are reluctant to reduce drug use among kids with asthma even if lower dose is best.

In the study involving 310 pediatricians, 40 percent said they would not step down high-dose treatment even if a child''s symptoms were well controlled and infrequent.


Aggressive therapies against childhood eczema could help prevent asthma

Washington, July 7 : A new Australian study has suggested that more aggressive treatment of childhood eczema may be an important step in preventing asthma.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and Menzies Research Institute in Tasmania, has called for trials of aggressive therapies against childhood eczema in a bid to reduce the incidence of asthma in later life.

Researchers followed more than 8500 people who are part of the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study from the ages of seven to 44.


The boy who beat asthma by playing the euphonium

The boy who beat asthma by playing the euphoniumLondon, June 27: He would get breathless when just standing and talking. But now, Ryan Harrison, who was diagnosed with asthma as a child, has beaten the condition by taking up the euphonium.

Six months after starting lessons on the brass instrument, which looks like a small version of a tuba, nine-year-old Ryan’s symptoms have diminished.


Most asthmatics use inhalers incorrectly

Washington,Asthma June 25: Most asthma patients are using their inhalers incorrectly leading to poor outcomes, suggests a new study.

Professor Helen Reddel, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research spokesperson and Associate Professor suggests that pharmacist should be taught about correct inhaler technique and stickers on the medication can lead to improved asthma control in the patients.


Omega 3 fatty acids may help protect against asthma

London, AsthmaJune 24: A new study, led by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School has found that a molecule from omega 3 fatty acids found in fish supplements may help in preventing asthma.

The molecule Resolvin E1 (RvE1) from omega-3 fatty acid, was produced by the body in response to inflammation.


Babies born by c-section at 50% increased asthma risk

Washington, AsthmaJune 19: A new study has found that babies born by Caesarean section have a 50 percent greater risk of developing asthma as compared to babies born naturally.

The study was based on data from 1.7 million births registered at the Medical Birth Registry at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.


Early life exposure to cats may protect children against asthma

Washington, AsthmaMay 21: Apart from your love for the animal, here’s another reason that might prompt you to own a cat – a new study has revealed that early life exposure to cats can prevent asthma among children as they reach age five.


Firstborns at greater risk of developing asthma, allergies

Washington, AsthmaMay 21: First-born children are at a higher risk of developing asthma and allergies than their younger siblings, according to a new study.

Researchers suggest that this happens because of different conditions the kids experience in the womb.


Breakthrough may pave way for personalized asthma, COPD therapy

London, May 19: AsthmaResearchers have defined a new type of immune response in patients with severe asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder - a finding that could pave way for the development of personalised therapy for the condition.


Powdered passion fruit may hold a cure for asthma

Powdered passion fruit may hold a cure for asthmaLondon, May 15 : Scientists from the University of Arizona and Mashhad Medical University in Iran have found that the passion fruit may hold a cure for the world's 400 million sufferers of asthma.

The team says that the peel contains a menu of compounds, chemicals, acids and other ingredients to provide relief to asthmatics.


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