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Pregnant women and new moms still hesitant to introduce peanut products
19 Mar 2018 at 12:57pm
In January 2017 guidelines were released urging parents to begin early introduction of peanut-containing foods to reduce the risk of peanut allergy. A new study shows those who are aware of the guidelines are still hesitant to put them into place and not everyone has heard of them.

Quintupling inhaler medication may not prevent asthma attacks in children
19 Mar 2018 at 11:45am
Children with mild to moderate asthma do not benefit from a common practice of increasing their inhaled steroids at the first signs of an asthma exacerbation, according to clinical trial results. Researchers found short-term increases in inhaled steroids did not prevent attacks in children aged 5 to 11, and may even slow a child's growth.

Genetic variant discovery to help asthma sufferers
16 Mar 2018 at 12:38pm
Researchers have identified a genetic variant that could improve the safety and effectiveness of corticosteroids, drugs that are used to treat a range of common and rare conditions including asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Common biological features of different types of asthma identified
14 Mar 2018 at 8:09am
A team of researchers has identified biological variations in lung tissue samples that for the first time can help identify people with mild asthma from those with moderate or severe asthma.

Mesenchymal stem cell therapy: Holding promise for feline inflammatory diseases
13 Mar 2018 at 8:35am
Stem cell therapy is acknowledged as having great potential for the treatment of a variety of diseases in both people and animals. The use of bone marrow-derived stem cells is well established in the treatment of human cancer patients, and veterinary applications for bone marrow- and adipose-derived stem cells are being evaluated.

An itch you can't scratch: Researchers find 'itch receptors' in the throats o...
9 Mar 2018 at 6:54am
Working with mice, researchers report they have found previously known skin itch receptors in the airways that appear to contribute to bronchoconstriction and airway hypersensitivity, hallmarks of asthma and other respiratory disorders. The investigators' experiments in mice suggest that the receptors' activation directly aggravates airway constriction and -- if the same process is active in people -- may be a promising new target for the development of drug therapies.

Serious asthma attacks reduced by temporary quadrupling of steroid inhaler, s...
8 Mar 2018 at 7:52am
Serious asthma attacks in adults can be reduced by a temporary but significant increase in the dose of inhaled steroids during severe episodes of asthma, according to a new study.

New molecular target could help ease asthma
7 Mar 2018 at 11:13am
Researchers have shown that the protein vascular endothelial growth factor A -- or VEGFA -- plays a major role in the inflammation and airway obstruction associated with asthma. The finding may eventually lead to new asthma treatments targeting VEGFA.

Environmental exposures more determinant of respiratory health than inherited...
6 Mar 2018 at 8:54am
Researchers have found strong evidence that environmental exposures, including air pollution, affect gene expressions associated with respiratory diseases much more than genetic ancestry. The study analyzed more than 1.6 million data points from biological specimens, health questionnaires and environmental datasets, making this study one of the largest ever to examine the relationship between gene expression and environmental stimuli.

Mothers who smoke while pregnant contribute to the severity of asthma and poo...
5 Mar 2018 at 10:02am
Tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy is worse for children with asthma than postnatal secondhand smoke exposure, according to a new study in the journal.

Short-term increases in inhaled steroid doses do not prevent asthma flare-ups...
4 Mar 2018 at 7:21am
Researchers have found that temporarily increasing the dosage of inhaled steroids when asthma symptoms begin to worsen does not effectively prevent severe flare-ups, and may be associated with slowing a child's growth, challenging a common medical practice involving children with mild-to-moderate asthma.

Kids persistently allergic to cow's milk are smaller than peers with nut alle...
4 Mar 2018 at 7:21am
Children who experience persistent allergies to cow's milk may remain shorter and lighter throughout pre-adolescence when compared with children who are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, according to a retrospective chart review.

Improving pediatric asthma care is possible
2 Mar 2018 at 9:48am
A new study shows improved personalized inpatient assessments can enhance the accuracy of the prescribed asthma therapy a child receives. A physician's asking of the six key asthma control questions can help.

Nervous system puts the brakes on inflammation
2 Mar 2018 at 6:10am
Cells in the nervous system can 'put the brakes' on the immune response to infections in the gut and lungs to prevent excessive inflammation, according to new research. This insight may one day lead to new ways to treat diseases caused by unchecked inflammation, such as asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.

Obesity not a risk factor for acute respiratory illnesses, study finds
28 Feb 2018 at 10:41am
Although obesity has been considered a risk factor for more-severe cases of the flu, a new study found that it is not a risk factor for severe acute respiratory illnesses, including the flu, in children or adults.

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