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Having a chest infection raises an adult's risk of asthma

Researchers from the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands found suffering from a lower-respiratory tract infection before the age of five increases the risk by two to four times.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Authors: van Kampen V, Sander I, Merget R, Brüning T, Raulf M Abstract Usually the diagnosis of baker's asthma is based on specific inhalation challenge with flours. To a certain extent the concentration of specific IgE to flour predicts the outcome of challenge test in bakers. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the ratio of specific IgE (sIgE) to total IgE (tIgE) improves challenge test prediction in comparison to sIgE alone. Ninety-five bakers with work-related respiratory symptoms were challenged with rye flour. Total IgE, sIgE, and the sIgE/tIgE ratio were determined. Receiver operator character...
Source: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology - Category: Research Tags: Adv Exp Med Biol Source Type: research
In a new study, the combination of hands-on in school asthma therapy and telemedicine visits proved a successful model that could be scaleable.
Source: ConsultantLive - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Asthma Source Type: news
Women with asthma who only use short-acting asthma relievers take longer to become pregnant than other women, according to an international study, including UK patients.
Source: Nursing Times - Category: Nursing Source Type: news
Authors: Zhang L, Huang G, Jin L, Han S Abstract BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the therapeutic effects of tiotropium bromide on asthma. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 160 patients with moderate persistent asthma were randomly divided into 4 groups (n=40): the 3 control groups were given fluticasone propionate aerosol (group A), salmeterol-fluticasone propionate inhalant (group B), and tiotropium bromide inhalation powder combined with salmeterol-fluticasone propionate inhalant (group C), respectively, and the experimental group received tiotropium bromide inhalation powder combined with fluticas...
Source: Medical Science Monitor - Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research
A study published, inThe Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, reports that normal fluctuations in female hormones may affect the development and symptoms of asthma.  Times
Source: Society for Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news
Around 6 million children in the USA are affected by asthma, making it the most common chronic lung disease in childhood. Last week, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their monthly Vital Signs report, which analyses asthma data from the 2001 –16 National Health Interview Survey for children aged 0–17 years. Asthma diagnosis was limited to adult proxy responses to two questions: “Has a doctor or health professional ever told you that [your child] had asthma?”, and “Does [your child] still have asthma?”
Source: LANCET - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
(La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology) Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease driven by the interplay of genetics, environmental factors and a diverse cast of immune cells. In their latest study, researchers at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LJI) identified a subset of T cells, whose frequency serves as early childhood immune signature that predicts the risk of developing asthma later on.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
AbstractPurpose of ReviewThere has been an explosion in the number of published systematic reviews on chronic rhinosinusitis in the last decade.Recent FindingsWhile the aim of these reviews in facilitating evidence-based practice is laudable, poor quality reviews may contain significant bias that can mislead a non-discerning reader.SummaryAttention therefore must be given to review methodology before implanting findings. Organisations such as the Cochrane Collaboration promote high-quality reviews, but are limited in chronic sinus disease by heterogeneous outcomes and a paucity of randomised trials.
Source: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewAsthma is a chronic airway disease that affects more than 300 million people worldwide. Current treatment focuses on symptomatic relief by temporally dampening inflammation and relaxing the airway. Novel combative strategies against asthma and hopefully a cure are yet to be developed. The goal of this review is to summarize recent literature on neurotrophins (NTs) in experimental models and clinical settings of asthma research.Recent FindingsWe highlight studies of early phases of asthma that collectively reveal a profound impact of elevated NT levels following initial detrimental insults on long-t...
Source: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewIn an era where prevention is paramount, understanding social factors for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) may facilitate preventive interventions that mitigate risk factors associated with the initiation or progression of the disease.Recent FindingsBoth passive and active smoking are clearly and unequivocally associated with both the incidence and the severity of rhinosinusitis, while there an increasing body of evidence linking social deprivation and low socioeconomic status with rhinosinusitis and its complications. However, overall, only a handful of studies were longitudinal, while the available s...
Source: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
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