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Respiratory medicine involves the care of patients with all forms of respiratory disease. Respiratory specialists deal with over 30 different conditions, some very common and some rare. Asthma is a chronic disease characterized by recurrent attacks of bre

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Study suggests antibodies may offer protection against tuberculosis

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Antibodies are one of the body's first lines of defense against infection, but their role in tuberculosis (TB) has gone largely unstudied.

Artificial enzymes used in wide range of household products are "potent allergens"

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

But no commercially available diagnostic tests to monitor this potential new health risk.

Asthma diagnosis from saliva test looks promising

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Metabolic profiling of saliva using mass spectrometry has potential as a test for presence and severity of asthma, new study suggests.

Female hormone found to fight flu damage

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A fascinating and potentially wide-reaching interaction between influenza, progesterone, and lung repair is unearthed in a landmark study.

Multi-drug-resistant TB cure rates higher than expected

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Cure rates for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Europe have been estimated to be twice as high as previously thought, according to a research team at Queen Mary University of London...

Children exposed to potentially toxic chemicals daily in household dust

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Toxic chemicals that are associated with cancer and developmental and reproductive health problems have been found widespread in household dust.

Protect kids from toxic secondhand smoke, experts urge

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Parents and policy advocates should take a "zero tolerance" approach to exposing children to secondhand cigarette smoke, which can be responsible for lifelong cardiovascular consequences in...

Clues in microbiome of infants point to future allergies and asthma

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Composition of the gut microbiome of infants has been found to match the likelihood, or not, of developing asthma and allergies later in life.

Thinking About Septoplasty? What You Need to Know

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A septoplasty is a type of surgery performed to treat a nasal blockage. Learn about why they are carried out, what happens, and the alternatives.

Vitamin D supplements may lower risk of severe asthma attacks

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A new Cochrane Review suggests vitamin D supplementation - alongside standard treatment - could reduce the likelihood of severe asthma attacks.

New research method questions traditional efficacy trial model

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Traditional efficacy trials have limited relevance to everyday clinical practice and should be changed, according the authors of a new study into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)...

Benralizumab injections reduce exacerbations in severe, uncontrolled asthma, according to 2 trials

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A year's course of benralizumab injections has led to a significant decrease in the frequency of asthma exacerbations - cutting the rate of exacerbations by a third to a half compared with placebo...

Asthma flare-ups reduced by antibody injection

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Two trials have found that giving benralizumab injections over the course of a year may reduce the frequency of asthma exacerbations in severe asthma.

Study validates Tgen-developed test for health care-acquired infections

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) details the design and validation of a low-cost, rapid and highly accurate screening tool - known as KlebSeq - for potentially...

Breast-feeding may reduce asthma symptoms for at-risk infants

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Children with a genetic susceptibility for asthma development may be at lower risk of respiratory symptoms if they are breast-fed, researchers find.

Circulating immune cells as biomarkers for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the German Center for Lung Research (DZL), have discovered that the number of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) is increased in the...

Decision-making tool may help doctors cut unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for children with coughs and respiratory tract infections

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Respiratory tract infections (RTI) with cough are the most common reason children are prescribed antibiotics by their doctors, but up to a third of prescriptions may be unnecessary.

Allergic response to house dust mites is age-dependent

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

In adults with a house dust mite allergy, a cascade of inflammatory signals on the surface of the airways leads to airway remodeling. This process cannot be influenced by standard cortisone therapy.

How sitting in traffic jams can harm your health

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Levels of air pollution are high in traffic jams and at traffic-light controlled intersections. Closing the windows and turning off the fan can help.

Bacterial Pneumonia: Get the Facts

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Learn all about bacterial pneumonia, an inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria. This article looks at its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Mycoplasma Pneumoniae: What You Need to Know

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Learn all about Mycoplasma pneumoniae, bacteria that can cause mild infections in the lung. This article looks at transmission, symptoms, and treatment.

Late-onset asthma linked to increased heart disease, stroke risk

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:00:00 PDT

People who develop asthma as adults (late onset asthma) may also be at greater risk of developing heart disease and having a stroke, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart...

Essential oils could counter lung and liver ailments caused by air pollution

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Certain ingredients in essential oils made from plants such as cloves, anise, fennel and ylang-ylang could serve as a natural treatment of lung and liver conditions caused by air pollution.

Study shows acetaminophen can be tolerated by children with mild, persistent asthma

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A new study finds young children with mild, persistent asthma, can tolerate acetaminophen without the worsening of asthma, when compared with ibuprofen use.

Asthma: Researchers at University of Liege have discovered a type of eosinophil that plays a protective and beneficial role

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

The eosinophils that contribute to inflammation and exacerbation of the asthmatic response had been known to scientists for some time.