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New Drug for Bronchial Asthma

Well, we thought that we had antibodies for just about everything well, we have an anti-IgE antibody now for bronchial asthma. This is particularly useful in bronchial asthma where an attack can be brought by a number of noxious and non-noxious stimuli. This has also been proven to induce symptomatic relief.....How does that apply to the Indian context? Well, first we can try by ridding ourselves...

Asthma may actually be prevented by Dust and Dirt

National Jewish Medical and Research Center researchers in USA say that a little dust and dirt in the home may help prevent asthma later in life. Environmental endotoxin may have an allergy-protective effect in some infants whose homes have high levels of the bacteria by-product. .."Endotoxin seems to drive the immune system to produce cytokines that inhibit certain processes in the body that may...

Inhaled Steroids Safe & Effective for Children with Asthma

A 5-year, 8-center study by "Childhood Asthma Management Program" (CAMP) has indicated that inhaled steroids are safe and effective for the long-term treatment of children with mild to moderate asthma. "Although asthma experts around the world have recognized the effectiveness of inhaled corticosteroids in treating asthma, their long term effects in children were not clear, and questions have bee...

What happens when Asthmatics consume Aspirin?

One of the commonest and most troublesome disease affecting millions world wide is asthma. Asthmatics not only suffer from the usual symptoms of the disease but they are unfortunate in more ways than one. It is common knowledge that asthmatics are warned to stay away from aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. What happens when they take aspirin? And further more if consuming as...

Fireworks can spell death for asthmatic children

With many festivals round the corner its boom time for fireworks. We can never imagine diwali without fireworks. Pongal or karthigai also have their share of fireworks. Then of course the usual rigmarole of India – Pakistan cricket matches where even cricket stadia aren’t exempted from fireworks. Last but not the least, private functions like marriages, birthdays and other occasions call for a cl...

New vaccine helps allergy and asthma patients

Allergy and asthma patients can now breathe easy. Literally. A new vaccine called grass pollen vaccine has been shown to be effective in improving the quality of life and has also reduced medication requirements in these patients. These and other findings of this study are reported in the latest issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Samantha M. Walker, PhD, of the Imperial Colle...

New vaccine helps allergy and asthma patients

Allergy and asthma patients can now breathe easy. Literally. A new vaccine called grass pollen vaccine has been shown to be effective in improving the quality of life and has also reduced medication requirements in these patients. These and other findings of this study are reported in the latest issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology ..Samantha M. Walker, PhD, of the Imperial Col...

Nearly all asthma deaths preventable

A new survey says nearly all deaths due to asthma can be prevented if the patients and their doctors had better understanding of the disease. According to WHO, around 150 million people suffer from asthma worldwide and nearly 2 lakh people die due to the disease every year. Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease, often linked with allergies, that is characterized by sudden recurring attacks of l...

Asthma! A new warning for heart disease

American Heart Association's 41st Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in San Antonio, Texas, has unveiled a new cousin counterpart to heart disease-Asthma. It is found that asthma increases the risk of heart disease. ..Carlos Iribarren, MD, MPH, PhD, of Kaiser Permanente, in his study found that non smoking patients with asthma had a risk of 33% towards develop...

Soluble IL-4 Receptor - A new boon for asthmatics

Bronchial asthma, the disease which is never an easy combat for any practising physician, is now being avenged by a new drug. A soluble interleukin-4 receptor (IL-4R), which acts as an IL-4 antagonist, appears to be safe and effective in preventing a decline in lung function and in preventing asthma symptoms. ..In their study, Dr. Larry C. Borish, from the University of Virginia Health Sciences C...

Cats to protect children from asthma

Scientists have found that children who kept cats as pets had developed a better immune system against asthma. ..This finding was originally thought to suppport the "hygiene"or "cleanliness" hypothesis. According to this, a lack of early exposure to bacteria or allergens keeps one branch of our immune system, mediated by "Th1" from developing properly. ..As a result, the immune system gets out of...

Asthma linked to obesity

A US study has suggested that the increase in childhood asthma may be explained by the rise in obesity, rates of both have shot up dramatically in recent decades in the West. Over 6million people are currently being treated for asthma, compared to 3.4m in 1999. ....The researchers found the fattest children were 77% more likely to have asthma symptoms...They suggest increased weight might lead t...

Dampness related to asthma

Children living in damp homes run greater asthma risks,say the researchers.Traditional student digs with mouldy and damp walls could double the risk of asthma, say researchers. ..A study of over 20,000 Finnish students found that living in damp homes not only increased the risk of asthma, but left residents with a greater chance of repeated colds and skin allergies. People living in damp houses w...

Safe for people with asthma

According to a new study even after getting a shot of influenza vaccine, there is no difference in asthma exacerbation among people who have taken and those have not. Influenza can be a serious problem for people with asthma, so vaccination seems like a sensible thing to do. But there have been concerns that the flu jab can make people's asthma worse. To find it this out researchers at Cleavland...

Higher Risk of Asthma in children with autoimmune disease

A new study has found that children with some autoimmune diseases have an increased risk of asthma. In the study, Dr. Jukka Kero of Ruprecht-Karls-University at Heidelberg in Germany and colleagues//looked at health records for all children born in Finland in 1987, including more than 60,000 youngsters.The team checked the prevalence of asthma in children with three autoimmune conditions : celiac...

Asthmatics at increased risk of lung cancer

People who suffer from asthma, particularly women, may have an increased risk of developing lung cancer. Over a period of 30 years, researchers studied almost 100,000 patients who had been hospitalised and diagnosed with asthma.// None of the patients showed any signs of cancer at their initial assessment. Their health was monitored from the second year after asthma diagnosis until the last day o...

Reduced POD linked to fatal asthma attacks

Asthmatic patients with reduced perception of dyspnoea (POD) may be at increased risk of experiencing a life-threatening exacerbation of their condition.// It was found that patients with low POD had significantly more emergency department visits, hospitalisations, fatal asthma attacks and deaths during a 2 year study period than those with normal dyspnoea perception. ....The patients with low...

Cleanliness might lead to Asthma

mong the young. According to a new study out of Switzerland finds children who are exposed to greater levels of dust are actually less likely to also have asthma or allergies. Researchers had parents of children ages 7 to 12 fill out questionnaires// regarding asthma and hay fever. They also took blood samples from the kids to test for measures related to allergic sensitization. Then they gathere...

Latest technique for asthma treatment

Monitoring airway inflammation is better than conventional treatment for managing asthma attacks. Several weeks before an asthma attack, levels of immune cells known eosinophils increase// in the airways. Researchers at Glenfield Hospital,UK, have been looking at how targeting this build up of eosinophils in sputum compares with conventional treatment for reducing an asthma attack. ....The conve...

Novel Anti-Neutrophilic Effect produced by Salmeterol in mild asthma patients

A recent three-way crossover study over six weeks by clinicians at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Royal Brompton Hospital, London has shown that Salmeterol produced a novel anti-neutrophilic effect among patients with mild asthma. The study was prompted by the long standing argument about the effects of long-acting beta2-adrenergic receptor agonists, such as salmeterol, on inflammation. T...

Adult COPD or asthma could be effectively treated with Xopenex

COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is characterized by breathing difficulty due to partial blockage of the bronchial tubes. Asthma is a chronic lung disease caused by inflammation of the lower airways resulting in episodes of airflow obstruction, which has been found to be the fourth most common// cause of death and affects nearly 16 million...

Asmanex Twisthaler launched by Schering-Plough for treatment of asthma

Asmanex Twisthaler has been launched by Schering-Plough as therapy in the control and management of mild, moderate or severe persistent asthma in patients 12 years of age and older. It was launched in the United Kingdom in January and is expected to be launched in the other European Union(EU) markets, in the next few months. Asmanex Twisthaler, a dry powder inhaler, contains the orally// inhaled...

Type of inhaler used in asthma treatment crucial

Asthma is one of the most prevalent diseases in our society with more than five million people being affected with the disease, in the UK alone. According to a major study in the UK, in which researchers examined the medical records of almost 900,000 asthma patients across the UK, asthma sufferers are dying needlessly because they are not being prescribed the most suitable inhalers. The study com...

Asthma is not just a childhood condition

A new survey has suggested that, its a common belief that asthma is a condition only associated with childhood. Asthma is one of the most common long-term conditions affecting people in the UK. The disease can develop at any age. Research indicated that around 40% of people with asthma develop the condition in adulthood. it can be life-threatening if symptoms are not recognised and corrected. How...

Cells critical for asthma development found

Researchers have found that mice lacking a specific immune cell are unable to develop asthma. Asthma is as a result of airway hyper-reactivity (AHR) which is narrowing of the tiny passages in the lungs in response to a trigger such as house dust mite. AHR is triggered by the immune system and leads to the characteristic wheezing and coughing symptoms of an asthma attack. Researchers at Stanford U...

Asthma not just a childhood condition

In a recent survey conducted in the UK most people believe that asthma is a condition only associated with childhood. Around 40% of people with asthma develop the condition in adulthood and it can be life threatening, if symptoms are not recognised and managed in early stages. Asthma can occur in an individual for the first time at any age. There also exists a possibility where many people don't...

New Gene Identification Help Asthma Treatments

Scientists have discovered a gene that might be responsible for asthma. Scientists believe that this might lead to new understanding of the disease, hence leading to better..treatments. There are about 10 genes that have a significant effect on a person's susceptibility..to asthma. With combined efforts internationally, doctors have identified about half of these genes. This new gene, PHF11, was...

Swimming in Chlorinated Pools Raises Asthma Risk

Children who swim in chlorinated pools weekly or fortnightly have a higher risk of developing lung diseases including asthma, a study in the British medical journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine found. ....The inhalation of chemicals used to destroy microbiological germs in swimming pools may be responsible for the surge of childhood asthma in developed countries, according to Alfred B...

Traffic pollution linked to severe asthma attacks

Asthmatic children exposed to traffic pollution before getting a viral infection have more serious asthma attacks. In children, about 80 percent of attacks are due to viruses -- most of them from the common cold virus. Researchers have discovered that exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from vehicle exhaust exacerbates the attacks. NO2 is common but the main sources indoors are //gas stoves and, o...

Food May Trigger Life-Threatening Asthma

For the first time, food allergy -- especially to peanuts -- has been shown to be a major cause of life-threatening asthma in children. ....Asthma attacks are the most common reason for children to be hospitalized, say Dr. Graham Roberts from St. Mary's Hospital in London and a team of experts. Despite great strides in treatment, death due to childhood asthma has not dropped. Roughly 50 children...

Common Plant Triggers Asthma

Different types of airborne pollens can trigger asthma problems. A new study finds two common European plant pollens trigger more emergency hospital admissions than average. ....The research was conducted from 1995 to 1998 in Madrid. During this time, researchers tracked all hospital admissions for respiratory illnesses. They also collected data on pollen levels from trees and plants from 10 moni...

The Downside of Asthma Medication

Could a common class of drugs used for acute asthma attacks be causing the very thing it aims to treat?// ..Perhaps, find researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital who studied the use of bronchodilators known as beta-agonists in asthmatics... ....Beta-agonists are the primary treatment used to relieve acute asthma attacks. The drugs come in many forms -- th...

Do Asthma Sufferers Lack Physical Activity?

A new study finds the majority of those who suffer from asthma do not meet the right exercising goals...There has been little research about the physical activity// of adults with asthma. Knowing if asthma patients are exercising and what they are doing could help health professionals in designing fitness programs for asthma patients. ..Doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Snoring May Be Sign of Asthma in Kids

Children who snore may be much more likely to have asthma and a nighttime cough than children who do not snore, says a new study from Australia.// ..Doctors often use night cough as a guide for diagnosing asthma in children, but the findings, which appear in the August issue of Chest, suggest it may be appropriate to treat the snoring first, says one of the study's co-authors. .."Night cough is o...

Benefits and Risks of Asthma Treatment Questioned

Government guidelines on the treatment of asthma have long recommended inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) therapy as the best treatment for people with persistent forms of the condition.But reports about side effects //of these drugs have led many people -- including parents of asthmatic children -- to question their use. Specifically, ICS has been linked to growth retardation in children, weak bones i...

Onset Linked To Severity of Asthma

The age a person develops asthma may help explain their disease more clearly. A new study finds people who are diagnosed with asthma as children // have a different disease than those who develop it as an adult. Researchers say the patients suffered different symptoms and disease progression based on the age of onset. ..Eighty patients with severe asthma that could not be controlled by steroids...

Aspirin Induced Asthma , A Little-Known Inducer

Aspirin-induced asthma is a severe reaction to aspirin or other painkillers that is characterized by the onset of asthma 30 minutes to three hours // after taking the medications. British researchers analyzed more than 20 studies on asthma and found more than 20 percent of adults and about 5 percent of children suffer from the condition. ..Researchers say most of these patients were also sensiti...

A Simple Exercise Can Uncover Undiagnosed Asthma

Researchers from the Coalition of Health for Asthmatics in Sports and Exercise and the Center for Asthma and Allergy Care, gave an exercise test // to 127, 6- to 18-year olds who had at least one risk factor for asthma. Risk factors were determined by a 10-item questionnaire. The most common risk factor noted by children was a family member having allergies or asthma. For the exercise test, kid...

Drug In Asthma inhaler Found To Counteract Benefits

Researcher say recent findings may explain why some patients who use the inhalers actually get worse over time.The ingredient is albuterol, in a class of medications called beta-agonists. In inhalers it is combined with steroids // to open airways and ease the gasping of patients with asthma and other lung diseases. Albuterol has two forms or isomers -- a so-called left-handed version and a right...

Link Between Ear Infections And Asthma

Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions affecting children in the United States. A new study shows children who have multiple ear // infections in early childhood are more likely to be diagnosed with asthma. ..The study included 7,538 children between 2 and 11 years old. The complete medical history for each child was reviewed, as well as demographic information on the child and pare...
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