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Researchers uncover new knowledge about our intestines

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Graphic: Illustration of the interstines and small intestines [07/07/2014] Researchers from DTU Systems Biology have mapped 500 previously unknown microorganisms in human intestinal flora as well as 800 also unknown bacterial viruses, also called bacteriophages, which attack intestinal bacteria.Researchers uncover new knowledge about our intestines - Read more

TB infection may be underestimated among people taking corticosteroid pills

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Photo: Medical Report Tuberculosis written on a typewriter [30/06/2014] Tuberculosis infection among people taking corticosteroid pills may be underestimated, new research suggests. Current guidelines for what constitutes a positive TB skin test among corticosteroid pill users may not be capturing all those who are infected, said Dr. Nicholas Vozoris, a respirologist in the Tuberculosis Program at St. Michael's Hospital. TB infection may be underestimated among people taking corticosteroid pills - Read more

Air pollution controls linked to lower death rates

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Photo: A powerplant during nighttime [27/06/2014] National and state air pollution controls that went into effect in the early 1990s coincide with decreasing death rates from emphysema, asthma and pneumonia among people in North Carolina, according to a study led by Duke University researchers.Air pollution controls linked to lower death rates - Read more

Researchers find new molecule to treat asthma

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Photo: Young woman using asthma spray [16/05/2014] Study identifies a novel molecule that prevents the symptoms associated with allergen-induced asthma.Researchers find new molecule to treat asthma - Read more

Asthma: Air Pollution from Traffic Increases Odds of Readmission

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Photo: Girl with asthma [03/04/2014] Higher exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) dramatically increases the odds of readmission to the hospital for asthma – but only for white children, according to a new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study.Asthma: Air Pollution from Traffic Increases Odds of Readmission - Read more

Asthma: Passive Smoking Impairs Treatment Response

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Photo: Child and mother [21/02/2014] Children exposed to cigarette smoke at home have lower levels of an enzyme that helps them respond to asthma treatment, a study has found.Asthma: Passive Smoking Impairs Treatment Response - Read more

Nutrition: Dietary Fibers Protect Against Asthma

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Photo: Fruit and vegetables [07/01/2014] The Western diet probably has more to do with the asthma epidemic than has been assumed so far because developing asthma is related to the amount of fruit and vegetables consumed.Nutrition: Dietary Fibers Protect Against Asthma - Read more

Laboratory: Coumarins Show Potency against Inflammations

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Photo: Cinnamon [26/11/2013] New methods for the laboratory-scale synthesis of coumarin-based drugs were developed in a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland.Laboratory: Coumarins Show Potency against Inflammations - Read more

Children: Researchers Identify Main Genes Responsible for Asthma Attacks

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Photo: Child with asthma [18/11/2013] An international team has identified the genes that put some children at particularly high risk of serious asthma attacks, including one not previously suspected of being implicated in the disease. In the long term, these new findings are expected to help improve treatment options for the disease, which represents a high cost for families and society alike.Children: Researchers Identify Main Genes Responsible for Asthma Attacks - Read more

Stress: Great Strain for Parents with Chronically Ill Child

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Foto: Ill Child [25/09/2013] The extra demands on parents of chronically ill children cause stress that affects the whole family, according to a systematic review conducted by Case Western Reserve University researchers that also explored what factors in the child's care most contribute to the added strain.Stress: Great Strain for Parents with Chronically Ill Child - Read more

World Asthma Day - 05/07/2013

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Photo: Woman with asthma [03/05/2013] On May 7th, 2013, the World Asthma Day will take place under the motto „You Can Control Your Asthma“. It was initiated in 1998 by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). On this day, organizations and associations worldwide inform about the chronic respiratory disease and call on the affected persons to control it.World Asthma Day - 05/07/2013 - Read more

Allergies: Inhibited by Man-made Molecule

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Photo: Hay fever [31/10/2012] Researchers have learned how a man-made molecule destroys complexes that induce allergic responses — a discovery that could lead to the development of highly potent, rapidly acting interventions for a host of acute allergic reactions.Allergies: Inhibited by Man-made Molecule - Read more

Asthma: Inner City and Suburbs Children Have Different Illnesses

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Photo: Child with asthma [26/09/2012] In a new study researchers from the University of Wisconsin in Madison investigated viral respiratory illnesses and their possible role in the development of asthma in urban versus suburban babies.Asthma: Inner City and Suburbs Children Have Different Illnesses - Read more

Mold: Infants Have Higher Asthma Risk

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Photo: Molds [03/08/2012] In the United States, one in 10 children suffers from asthma. Researchers of the University of Cincinnati now report new evidence that exposure to three types of mold during infancy may have a direct link to asthma development during childhood.Mold: Infants Have Higher Asthma Risk - Read more

Treatment: Web-based Tool Helps Children with Asthma

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Photo: Child with Asthma [14/06/2012] New study results from Seattle Children's Research Institute found that parents who used an interactive website to track their child's usage of asthma controller medications, improved compliance with asthma controller medication use.Treatment: Web-based Tool Helps Children with Asthma - Read more

Lung: Positive Results in Trial for New Asthma Treatment

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[20/04/2012] Scientists from the University of Southampton and Synairgen can announce positive data from its Phase II clinical trial, into the effectiveness of the drug SNG001 – inhaled interferon beta – for asthma patients.Lung: Positive Results in Trial for New Asthma Treatment - Read more

Asthma: Children Have Lung Function Deficits as Neonates

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[02/04/2012] Children who develop asthma by age seven have deficits in lung function and increased bronchial responsiveness as neonates, a new study from researchers in Denmark suggests.Asthma: Children Have Lung Function Deficits as Neonates - Read more

Adults over 65: Virtual Colonoscopy Effective Screening Tool

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Photo: Bowel [23/02/2012] Computed tomography (CT) colonography can be used as a primary screening tool for colorectal cancer in adults over the age of 65, according to a new study. Some previous medical studies have found no significant difference in the diagnostic accuracy of CT colonography, also known as "virtual colonoscopy," and traditional optical colonoscopy.Adults over 65: Virtual Colonoscopy Effective Screening Tool - Read more

Home Visits for Asthma: A Win for Both Patients and Payers

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Photo: Participians of the study [22/02/2012] Nearly 1 in 10 children have asthma, according to government statistics, and in low-income parts of Boston, nearly 16 per cent of children are affected. A program called the Community Asthma Initiative (CAI), developed and implemented in 2005 by clinicians at Children's Hospital Boston, demonstrates the potential to dramatically reduce hospitalisation and emergency department visits for asthma.Home Visits for Asthma: A Win for Both Patients and Payers - Read more

Asthma: Breastfeeding is Good for the lungs

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[03/02/2012] Breastfeeding is associated with improved lung function at school age, particularly in children of asthmatic mothers, according to a new study from researchers in Switzerland and the United Kingdom.Asthma: Breastfeeding is Good for the lungs - Read more

Respiratory: Link Between Pulmonary Inflammation, Diesel Exhaust, House Dust

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[16/12/2011] A study conducted by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has found that diesel exhaust particulates (DEP) and house dust extract (HDE) causes pulmonary inflammation that aggravates asthma.Respiratory: Link Between Pulmonary Inflammation, Diesel Exhaust, House Dust - Read more

Better Living: A well-cared for and lovingly furnished home also benefits your health

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[02/11/2011] Few people likely wonder whether their apartment and its furnishings are also good for their health. At best, such questions are normally asked when mold and mildew ruin the walls or water runs down the windows on the inside.Better Living: A well-cared for and lovingly furnished home also benefits your health - Read more

Low-fat Yogurt: Intake When Pregnant may Lead to Child Asthma and Hay Fever

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[19/09/2011] Eating low-fat yoghurt whilst pregnant can increase the risk of your child developing asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever), according to recent findings.Low-fat Yogurt: Intake When Pregnant may Lead to Child Asthma and Hay Fever - Read more

Identification: Molecular Pathway Leads to Inflammation in Asthma

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[12/08/2011] Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have identified a molecular pathway that helps explain how an enzyme elevated in asthma patients can lead to increased mucus production and inflammation that is characteristic of the lung condition. Their findings reveal unique interactions between biological molecules that could be targeted to develop new asthma treatments.Identification: Molecular Pathway Leads to Inflammation in Asthma - Read more

Baby Nutrition: Breastfeeding May Prevent Asthma

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[22/07/2011] Feeding a baby on only breast milk and for up to six months after birth can reduce their risk of developing asthma-related symptoms in early childhood, according to new research.Baby Nutrition: Breastfeeding May Prevent Asthma - Read more

Gastric Bacterium: Helicobacter Pylori Protects Against Asthma

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Photo: A man uses his inhaler [06/07/2011] Infection with the gastric bacterium Helicobacter pylori provides reliable protection against allergy-induced asthma, immunologists from the University of Zurich have demonstrated in an animal model together with allergy specialists from the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Gastric Bacterium: Helicobacter Pylori Protects Against Asthma - Read more

Virally-Induced Asthma Attacks: Study Suggests New Therapeutic Targets

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[31/05/2011] When children with asthma get the flu, they often land in the hospital gasping for air. Researchers have found a previously unknown biological pathway explaining why influenza induces asthma attacks. Studies in a mouse model reveal that influenza activates a newly recognized group of immune cells called natural helper cells – presenting a completely new set of drug targets for asthma.Virally-Induced Asthma Attacks: Study Suggests New Therapeutic Targets - Read more

Adult Allergic Asthma: Eczema and Hay Fever in Childhood

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[19/04/2011] Children who have eczema, particularly when occurring with hay fever, are nine times more likely to develop allergic asthma in their 40s, a new study reveals.Adult Allergic Asthma: Eczema and Hay Fever in Childhood - Read more

Insulin Resistance: Molecular Pathway Holds Therapeutic Promise

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[24/02/2011] A research team has shed new light on the problem of insulin resistance, and identified the key participants in a molecular pathway that holds therapeutic promise for reducing the severity of type 2 diabetes.Insulin Resistance: Molecular Pathway Holds Therapeutic Promise - Read more

Bronchial Airways: Asthma Tied to Bacterial Communities?

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Asthma Tied to Bacterial Communities? [21/02/2011] Asthma may have a surprising relationship with the composition of the species of bacteria that inhabit bronchial airways, a finding that could suggest new treatment or even potential cures for the common inflammatory disease.Bronchial Airways: Asthma Tied to Bacterial Communities? - Read more

Early Antibiotic Use: Increased Risk of Childhood Asthma

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[27/01/2011] When babies are given antibiotics, their risk of developing asthma by age 6 may increase by 50 percent. Early Antibiotic Use: Increased Risk of Childhood Asthma - Read more

Children with Asthma: Premature Loss of Lung Function During Adolescence

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[21/01/2011] Severe asthma in early childhood may lead to premature loss of lung function during adolescence and more serious disease during adulthood, researchers at Emory University School of Medicine report. Early identification and treatment of children with severe asthma is important to help stem asthma progressionChildren with Asthma: Premature Loss of Lung Function During Adolescence - Read more

Nasal Congestion: Signs of Severe Asthma?

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Signs of Severe Asthma? [22/12/2010] Nasal congestion can be a sign of severe asthma, which means that healthcare professionals should be extra vigilant when it comes to nasal complaints. Furthermore, more severe asthma appears to be more common than previously thought, reveals a study from the Sahlgrenska Academy’s Krefting Research Centre.Nasal Congestion: Signs of Severe Asthma? - Read more

Childhood Asthma: Paracetamol Use in Pregnancy

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[11/11/2010] Evidence suggesting that the risk of childhood asthma associated with prenatal paracetamol exposure may depend on antioxidant genes in the mother has been found by a team of UK scientists. Childhood Asthma: Paracetamol Use in Pregnancy - Read more

Asthma: Discovery of Taste Receptors in The Lung

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Discovery of Taste Receptors in The Lung [26/10/2010] University of Maryland School of Maryland researchers show bitter compounds open lung airways better than current drugs.Asthma: Discovery of Taste Receptors in The Lung - Read more

Assessing Allergy Risk: Umbilical Cord Blood Not Suitable

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Umbilical Cord Blood Not Suitable [08/10/2010] For years, hospitals and researchers have been testing blood samples from the umbilical cords of newborn babies to assess the risk of allergy. Now a study has revealed that the biomarker in the blood that indicates the risk factor for allergy often comes from the mother rather than her baby. Assessing Allergy Risk: Umbilical Cord Blood Not Suitable - Read more

Asthma: Food Allergies Raise Risk of Attacks

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Food Allergies Raise Risk of Attacks [07/10/2010] National survey identifies higher risk of food allergies among children, males, non-Hispanic blacks and people with asthma. Food allergies are more common among people with asthma and may contribute to asthma attacks.Asthma: Food Allergies Raise Risk of Attacks - Read more

Asthma: Breakthrough in Research on the Molecular Mechanisms

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Breakthrough in Research on the Molecular Mechanisms [20/08/2010] Scientists at the University Medical Center Mainz have taken a further step towards improving our understanding of how asthma develops. Asthma: Breakthrough in Research on the Molecular Mechanisms - Read more

Biomarker: Prediction of asthma in children

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[15/07/2010] Researchers found that children with elevated levels of exhaled nitric oxide (Fraction of Exhaled Nitric Oxide, FeNO) are at increased risk for developing asthma, particularly among children without a parental history of the disease.Biomarker: Prediction of asthma in children - Read more

Diet: High-Fat a No-No For Asthma Patients

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High-Fat a No-No For Asthma Patients [17/05/2010] People with asthma may be well-advised to avoid high-fat meals: individuals with asthma who consumed a high-fat meal showed increased airway inflammation just hours after the binge, according to a new study.Diet: High-Fat a No-No For Asthma Patients - Read more

Bariatric Surgery: Breathing Easier and Half of Prescriptions

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[16/04/2010] Benefits of rapid weight loss after bariatric surgery include a 50 percent reduction in use of prescription breathing medications, according to a new study. Now the researchers wonder: Can bariatric surgery improve Asthma? Bariatric Surgery: Breathing Easier and Half of Prescriptions - Read more

Simulation Training: Communication Was Successful, Patient Is Alive

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Communication Was Successful, Patient Is Alive [01/03/2010] Medical study is full of dull theory. After completing their final University semester, most graduates have become walking medical encyclopedias. Still, mistakes in the operating room happen time and again. Usually the reason is not a physician‘s lack of medical knowledge. Communication is the key word here- and simulation dummies can help.Simulation Training: Communication Was Successful, Patient Is Alive - Read more

Asthma: Quitting Smoking Can Reverse Symptoms

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Quitting Smoking Can Reverse Symptoms [10/12/2009] Asthmatic smokers may be able to reverse some of the damage to their lungs just by putting down their cigarettes, according to new research. Asthma: Quitting Smoking Can Reverse Symptoms - Read more

Placebo: In Hopeful Anticipation

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In Hopeful Anticipation [01/12/2009] At Christman, wishes come true. The children are convinced: one only has to believe strong enough. The power of imagination is indeed strong – it can even cure diseases and ease pain. Thanks to the placebo effect that – if taken seriously – requires changes in the health care system. Placebo: In Hopeful Anticipation - Read more

New Therapeutical Approaches for MS: Parasites Lend Helping Hand (Part 1)

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[15/11/2009] by Wiebke Heiss/MEDICA.de The illness may cause severe disabilities in youngish people. Why? Scientists do not know. Multiple sclerosis is a mysterious neurological disease and the search for new therapeutic approaches is an urgent issue. Now, attention has been drawn towards worms. New Therapeutical Approaches for MS: Parasites Lend Helping Hand (Part 1) - Read more

Preventing Allergy: Cow Dung Makes the Difference

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Cow Dung Makes the Difference [01/07/2009] In spring and summer, many people suffer from allergies. They often take drugs to alleviate the symptoms. There may be better help for it, yet, as researchers have found special bacteria in cowsheds which are able to immunize children against hay fever and asthma. Preventing Allergy: Cow Dung Makes the Difference - Read more

Respiration: Broccoli May Help Against Asthma

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Broccoli May Help Against Asthma [04/03/2009] Researchers report that a compound found in broccoli may help protect against respiratory inflammation that causes conditions like asthma, allergic rhinitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respiration: Broccoli May Help Against Asthma - Read more

Children: Place of Birth Contributes to Asthma

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[04/12/2008] Researchers report that place of birth plays a role in the occurrence of asthma in a United States black population. Children: Place of Birth Contributes to Asthma - Read more

Treatment: New Approach in Asthma Control

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New Approach in Asthma Control [06/05/2008] Two studies offer new insights to help adolescents and younger children improve their asthma control. In this treatment the discussion between physicians and patients play an important role. Treatment: New Approach in Asthma Control - Read more

Lung: New Study Finds that COPD on the Rise

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[01/02/2008] Doctors and federations warn to underestimate the chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). A new report verifies these concerns: more people as assumed until now are affected.Lung: New Study Finds that COPD on the Rise - Read more

Farming: Pesticides May Increase Asthma Risk

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[03/01/2008] New research on farm women has shown that contact with some commonly used pesticides in farm work may increase their risk of allergic asthma.Farming: Pesticides May Increase Asthma Risk - Read more

War: Asthma Linked to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Asthma Linked to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [16/11/2007] For the first time, a study has linked asthma with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among US soldiers who served in the Vietnam war.War: Asthma Linked to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - Read more

ER: Asthma Education Avoids Repeated Hospital Stays

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[23/07/2007] A new review of studies suggests that people with asthma who receive disease education during, or soon after, a serious emergency-room visit are less likely to be re-admitted to the hospital than patients who receive no instruction.ER: Asthma Education Avoids Repeated Hospital Stays - Read more

PDA: Vest Pocket Computers Changing Life in Clinics

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[01/12/2005] Portable vest pocket computers are about as big as the palm of a hand and they are going to change medical care in the future, says the scientist Dr. Daniel C. Baumgart from the Charité in Germany.PDA: Vest Pocket Computers Changing Life in Clinics - Read more

New Method for Asthma Detection Using Functional MRI

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[12/08/2005] The University Clinic in Erlangen has developed a method together with Siemens Corporate Research (SCR) in Princeton/USA that allows experts to determine which part of the lungs is involved.New Method for Asthma Detection Using Functional MRI - Read more

Molecular Pathway to Switch Off Auto-Immune Disease

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Molecular Pathway to Switch Off Auto-Immune Disease [20/01/2003] A University of Queensland team has found a mechanism to turn off an auto-immune disease, once it has started.Molecular Pathway to Switch Off Auto-Immune Disease - Read more

 
 

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