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Investigational biologic appears to reduce oral corticosteroid use in severe ...
23 May 2017 at 5:35am
An investigational biologic may reduce the need for adults with severe asthma to take an oral corticosteroid to control their asthma, according to a randomized controlled trial.
Viral acute respiratory infections in infants may lead to recurrent childhood...
23 May 2017 at 5:35am
Viral acute respiratory infections (ARIs) may lead to oxidative stress in some infants, and play a major role in the development of recurrent wheezing in early childhood, according to a new study. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the production of free radicals (atoms that can cause cellular damage in the body) and the ability of the body to counteract their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants.
How diesel fumes could cause 'flare up' of respiratory symptoms
22 May 2017 at 5:09am
Scientists have shown how diesel fumes trigger respiratory reflexes which could potentially worsen underlying conditions, such as asthma.
New hope for patients with severe lung disease
22 May 2017 at 5:08am
Patients suffering from severe lung disease could see their lives transformed thanks to a 'game-changing' clinical trial. The HOT-HMV trial (Home Oxygen Therapy-Home Mechanical Ventilation), which involved giving selected patients a breathing machine to be used in their home in addition to oxygen therapy, was found to reduce readmissions to hospital following an acute infection.
Graphene-based sensor could improve evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of as...
22 May 2017 at 5:07am
Scientists have created a graphene-based sensor that could lead to earlier detection of looming asthma attacks and improve the management of asthma and other respiratory diseases, preventing hospitalizations and deaths.
Traffic-related air pollution linked to DNA damage in children
19 May 2017 at 12:35pm
Children and teens exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution have evidence of a specific type of DNA damage called telomere shortening, reports a new study.
Researchers develop protocol to analyze many cells at once
19 May 2017 at 9:40am
With the new FISH-Flow protocol, researchers are able to evaluate multitudes of cells at once for telltale mRNA species and proteins. The blended procedure provides a chance to see how multiple kinds of immune cells are responding to a foreign substance, making it possible to detect the presence of disease faster and earlier.
Researchers create a T-shirt that monitors the wearer's breathing rate in rea...
18 May 2017 at 11:02am
Researchers have created a smart T-shirt that monitors the wearer's respiratory rate in real time. This innovation paves the way for manufacturing clothing that could be used to diagnose respiratory illnesses or monitor people suffering from asthma, sleep apnea, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Proof-of principle study finds imatinib improves symptoms for patients with s...
17 May 2017 at 2:44pm
In a new, proof-of-principle study researchers have found that targeting the mast cells with imatinib, a drug used to effectively treat certain forms of cancer, improved airway hyperresponsiveness, a measure of the sensitivity of the airway, and decreased the number of mast cells present in the airway. Treatment also produced a small improvement in airway function.
Mepolizumab helps patients with refractory Churg-Strauss syndrome
17 May 2017 at 2:44pm
Mepolizumab, an anti-IL5 monoclonal antibody, increased remission rates, cut exacerbations in half and reduced the need for ongoing corticosteroid therapy in patients with refractory cases of the rare autoimmune disease Churg-Strauss Syndrome, according to research.
Heart attack risk increases 17-fold following respiratory infections
15 May 2017 at 8:16am
The risk of having a heart attack is 17 times higher in the seven days following a respiratory infection, research has found. The increased risk peaks in the first 7 days and gradually reduces but remains elevated for one month.
Stress-mitigation interventions for parents did not lessen symptoms among kid...
12 May 2017 at 9:05am
A $2.2 million, first-of-its kind randomized study found no differences between kids with asthma who received standard care based on National Institutes of Health guidelines compared with kids whose parents received stress-mitigation techniques in addition to evidence-based asthma care.
Chronic childhood illness linked with later life mental health problems
12 May 2017 at 7:04am
A new study into the effects of chronic physical illness in children on their life-long mental health has found that such experiences appear to increase the chances of them having depression and anxiety in adulthood.
Organ signal find raises hopes of immune disorder treatments
11 May 2017 at 11:19am
The discovery of key signals that help tissues repair after injury could pave the way for new treatments for asthma and organ scarring, a study suggests.
Climate change could increase ER visits for allergy-related asthma
10 May 2017 at 8:52am
More children could wind up in hospital emergency rooms suffering from allergy-induced asthma if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and cause longer oak pollen seasons, according to a new study.