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Snoring in children might be an allergic type disease

...smoke during the first year of life and/or who had asthma and/or eczema at age five years were more likely to snore. Breastfeeding, birth weight, body mass index at age 4.5 years and respiratory function whilst awake were found to be unrelated. The study cohort was drawn from participants in the Austr...

In mice, drug protects against diabetes and atherosclerosis

...e believe it may turn out to be protective against asthma and other metabolic disorders as well." The laboratory animals showed no harmful effects from the treatment, though Hotamisligil cautioned that experiments were not designed to look for such effects rigorously. While it is not certain that the...

Nitric oxide: Key to cardiovascular and pulmonary function and drug effectiveness

...ecific drugs for such diseases as heart failure or asthma lose their effectiveness over time. Almost half...desensitizing drugs not only for heart failure and asthma but also for other conditions such as pain and high blood pressure. "We demonstrated that when on...

UQ research heralds vaccine technology breakthrough

... widespread infant illness that has been linked to asthma and can be deadly but may be curable by the development of this new vaccine technology by the Sir Albert Sakzewski Virus Research Centre and The University of Queensland's Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences. Research centre director Profess...

Grape expectations for healthier wine

...r wines without the added sulphites that can cause asthma and other conditions in some people. Mass-marketed grapes can remain in storage for months and are usually treated with sulphur dioxide to prevent decay. Although the sulphur dioxide is effective, it is corrosive and can cause severe allergic react...

White blood cells in lung produce histamine seen in allergies

...amine acts as a link between airway infections and asthma and bronchitis, which are associated with allergy....t upper respiratory infections often trigger acute asthma attacks. "We hypothesized that an infection in the airway would release histamine from mast cells, a...

Ethanol vehicles pose a significant risk to human health, study finds

...ecrease lung capacity, inflame lung tissue, worsen asthma and impair the body's immune system, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The World Health Organization estimates that 800,000 people die each year from ozone and other chemicals in smog. ''In our study, E85 increased ozone-related mo...

In presence of fragrant cleaning products, air purifiers that emit ozone can dirty the air

... High levels of airborne particles can aggravate asthma and cardiovascular problems, and have been linked to higher death and lung cancer rates. Excess ozone can damage the lungs, causing chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath and throat irritation. Nizkorodov and students Ahmad Alshawa and Ashley R...

Groundbreaking Canadian asthma study

...for asthma, demonstrated an overall improvement in asthma control. Co-Principal Investigators, Dr. Gerard ...y authored the study. The study revealed improved asthma control at one year following the bronchial thermoplasty procedure. The publication entitled, "As...

Vitamin D deficiency widespread during pregnancy

...go ?as well as increased risk for type 1 diabetes, asthma and schizophrenia. "A newborn's vitamin D stores are completely reliant on vitamin D from the mother," observed Dr. Bodnar, who also is an assistant investigator at the university-affiliated Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI). "Not surprisingl...

Monoclonal antibody reduces exacerbations in asthmatics

Patients with symptomatic moderate asthma who were treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor a...id Dr. Hansel. "Preliminary reports of efficacy in asthma patients with concomitant rheumatoid arthritis have been encouraging. Small prospective studies of a...

Environmental toxins may cause body's defenses to worsen lung disease

... scientific findings may also have applications in asthma and cystic fibrosis as well as other chronic lung diseases. The overall goal of the study is to expand existing scientific knowledge of how epithelial cells in the lungs communicate with the immune system in response to environmental and occupationa...

Hopkins scientists link immune response to 'ghost' parasites and severely congested sinuses

...tem. The theory, Lane says, is that allergies and asthma result from genes that control the body's defenses against parasites, but these genes are dormant in healthy people. However, when turned on by so-called ghost parasites, the potent inflammatory response is medically very difficult to control. Res...

Novel mechanism of action of new drug for MS identified

.... Eicosanoids drive inflammatory disorders such as asthma and multiple sclerosis. According to Sarah Spie...ptimal treatments for inflammatory disease such as asthma or MS. This drug may prevent both inflammation and axonal damage, including demyelination, which are...

Research suggests beta agonists may alter the immune system

...y School of Medicine suggests that certain inhaled asthma medications ?as well as similar chemicals our bodi...em defense mechanisms. In certain diseases such as asthma and lupus, an over-reactive type 2 T cell response occurs and is believed to contribute to the disea...

Common cold virus leads to death in lung transplant patients

...sms underlying rhinovirus-induced exacerbations of asthma and COPD." They continued: "These exciting new data raise the possibility that patients with asthma and other patients with chronic airway disease are unusually susceptible to rhinovirus infection lea...

Study finds the air rich with bacteria

... Recent research links this dust to an increase in asthma cases in the Caribbean. "We need to determine what's in the air, so we can determine how climate change affects microbial diversity," says Andersen. "We found that there are a lot of airborne bacteria, including pathogens, which we did not know a...

NASA study: Alaskan fires affected Houston air quality in 2004

...l ozone has also been linked to increased rates of asthma among children, and it can destroy plants and reduce crop yields. Federal regulators have given the Houston-Galveston region until 2007 to comply with federal air-quality standards for ground-level ozone, under the threat of severe economic sanctions...

Key molecular signaling switch involved in allergic disease identified

...in the United States. Allergic diseases such as asthma and hay fever are problematic for about 30 percent...ase this molecule could revolutionize treatment of asthma and allergic disease. "Our research, for the first time, may represent a treatment strategy to pr...

Tests may help answer questions about GMOs and allergies

...e believed that StarLink was responsible for their asthma attacks and other allergic reactions," Gangur said. "The Centers for Disease Control took samples and tried to figure out if StarLink was the cause, but the data were inconclusive. There was really no good method to determine if StarLink caused aller...

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