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Exposure to pet and pest allergens during infancy linked to reduced asthma risk

Children exposed to high indoor levels of pet or pest allergens during infancy have a lower risk of developing asthma by 7 years of age, new research reveals. The findings may provide clues for the design of strategies to prevent asthma from developing.

New lung cell type discovered

A new lung cell type that is implicated in the body's innate immune defense against the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae -- one of the leading causes of pneumonia worldwide -- has been discovered by researchers.

Hormone replacement therapy can slow decline in lung function for middle-aged women

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can slow the decline in lung function in middle-aged women, according to new research.

Asthma drug from the garden center

The coralberry could offer new hope for asthmatics: researchers have extracted a new kind of active pharmaceutical ingredient from its leaves to combat this widespread respiratory disease. In mice, it almost completely inhibits the characteristic contraction of the airways. The plant itself is not exotic: it can be found in any well-stocked garden center.

5 Breathing Exercises for COPD

The term COPD refers as Common Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This is mainly a breathing disorder which can lead to bronchitis and emphysema. Progressively worsening airflow obstruction. It is often present in 6th decades of life or later in patients. Show More Summary

E-cig refills contain irritants, and people who smoke and use e-cigs suffer more symptoms

Two new studies highlight the risks associated with using e-cigarettes, especially for those who also smoke conventional cigarettes.

Cellular tango: Immune and nerve cells work together to fight gut infections

Nerve cells in the gut play a crucial role in the body's ability to marshal an immune response to infection, according to a new study.

Chronic bronchitis: New insights could lead to first diagnostic test, better treatments

Researchers describe how the concentration of mucins -- the proteins that make mucus thick -- is abnormally high in chronic bronchitis and that high mucin concentrations are associated with disease severity in people with chronic bronchitis. Show More Summary

Drugs targeting the beta2-adrenoreceptor linked to Parkinson's disease

Researchers want to prevent alpha-synuclein from accumulating in the brain. To do so, the team searched for drugs that turn down alpha-synuclein production. They then tested the drugs in mice and stem cells and studied in data from the health records of millions of people living in Norway. The results of their efforts, point to a new drug development path for PD.

Allergies? Exhausted regulatory T cells may play a role

New research highlights the importance of immune cell metabolism for maintaining a balanced immune response.

Steroids not effective for chest infections in non-asthmatic adults

Oral steroids should not be used for treating acute lower respiratory tract infection (or 'chest infections') in adults who don't have asthma or other chronic lung disease, as they do not reduce the duration or severity of symptoms.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused 3.2 million deaths worldwide in 2015

Latest global estimates illustrate the vast impact of the two most common chronic respiratory diseases, with 3.2 million deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 0.4 million deaths caused by asthma in 2015, according to a new Global Burden of Disease study. Show More Summary

Heavily-used pesticide linked to breathing problems in farmworkers' children

New study finds that elemental sulfur is linked to reduced lung function, more asthma-related symptoms and higher asthma medication use in children living about a half-mile or less from farms that use the pesticide.

Scientists unearth cell 'checkpoint' that stops allergic diseases

Scientists have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the regulation of immune cells that play a pivotal role in allergic diseases such as asthma and eczema. They have identified a 'checkpoint' manned by these immune cells that, if barred, can halt the development of the lung inflammation associated with allergies.

Use Honey to Reduce Your Allergies

Outdoor loving people are generally prone to seasonal allergies. February to August is the times when seasonal allergies strike people with low immune system. These allergies generally occur when the plants start producing pollen. Pollen is a substance that helps the plant to make new seeds and reproduce. By inhaling the pollen people get seasonal […]

7 Foods and Nutrients that Fight Allergies

Spring season and summer season, both are fun-filled seasons but is not the same for people who have allergies such as grasses, airborne triggers, pollen, etc. Below discussed are 7 foods and nutrients which can take care of these allergies. 7 Foods that Fight Allergies Pineapple Pineapple contains a powerful enzyme called bromelain, to help […]

Top 10 Asthma Inhaler Mistakes

Asthma patient should perform the correct procedure or correct sequence while using an asthma inhaler. The inhaled asthma medicine should reach the airways to work properly, many people do inhaler mistakes. Below discussed are few mistakes, we generally make, let us examine the details. Here are 10 common mistakes made when using a metered-dose inhaler […]

What are the best ways to diagnose and manage asthma?

Scientists have examined the current information available from many different sources on diagnosing and managing mild to moderate asthma in adults and summarized them. They determined that essential, effective treatment must involve...Show More Summary

Half of kids who needed epinephrine didn't get it before trip to the emergency room

Even kids who were prescribed an epinephrine auto injector didn't receive the life-saving medication when they needed it, new research has found.

Steroids may do more harm than good in some cases of severe asthma

Corticosteroids, the main treatment for asthma, may worsen the disease in this group of patients, new findings suggest. This will have important clinical implications, say the researchers.

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