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Anti-fungal drug against asthma

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) Some patients with severe asthma who also have allergic sensitivity to certain fungi enjoy great improvements in their quality of life and on other measures after taking an antifungal drug, as per new research from The University of Manchester in England. The findings were published in the first issue for January of the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.......



Fall babies: Born to wheeze?

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) It is said that timing is everything, and that certainly appears to be true for autumn infants. Children who are born four months before the height of cold and flu season have a greater risk of developing childhood asthma than children born at any other time of year, as per new research. The study analyzed the birth and medical records of more than 95,000 children and their mothers in Tennessee to determine whether date of birth in relationship to the peak in winter respiratory viruses posed a higher risk for developing early childhood asthma. They observed that while having clinically significant bronchiolitis at any age during infancy was linked to an increased risk of childhood asthma, for autumn babies, that risk was the greatest........



Asthma may be over-diagnosed by up to 30 percent

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) A new research study suggests that asthma may be over-diagnosed by up to 30 per cent in Canadian adults. The study, led by Ottawa researcher Dr. Shawn Aaron, examined 496 people from eight Canadian cities who reported receiving a diagnosis of asthma from a physician. When the individuals were retested for asthma using the accepted clinical guidelines, it was observed that 30 per cent had no evidence of asthma. Two thirds of these individuals were able to safely stop taking asthma medications. The results are reported in the November 18, 2008 edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.......



Antibodies to cockroach and mouse proteins

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) A study released by scientists at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health shows that developing antibodies to cockroach and mouse proteins is linked to a greater risk for wheeze, hay fever, and eczema in preschool urban children as young as three years of age. The study, reported in the November 2008 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, is the first to focus on the links between antibody responses to cockroach and mouse proteins and respiratory and allergic symptoms in such a young age group........



The miseries of allergies just may help prevent some cancers

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) There may be a silver -- and healthy -- lining to the miserable cloud of allergy symptoms: Sneezing, coughing, tearing and itching just may help prevent cancer -- especially colon, skin, bladder, mouth, throat, uterus and cervix, lung and gastrointestinal tract cancer, as per a new Cornell study. These cancers, interestingly, involve organs that "interface directly with the external environment," said Paul Sherman, Cornell professor of neurobiology and behavior, who led the study. He and his colleagues analyzed 646 studies on allergies and cancers published over the past 50 years, putting together "the most comprehensive database yet available" on allergies and cancers........



Drinking milk to ease milk allergy?

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) Giving children with milk allergies increasingly higher doses of milk over time may ease, and even help them completely overcome, their allergic reactions, as per the results of a study led by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and conducted jointly with Duke University. Despite the small number of patients in the trial 19 the findings are illuminating and encouraging, researchers say, because this is the first-ever double-blinded and placebo-controlled study of milk immunotherapy. In the study, the scientists compared a group of children receiving milk powder to a group of children receiving placebo identical in appearance and taste to real milk powder. Neither the patients nor the researchers knew which child received which powder, a rigorous research setup that minimizes the chance for error and bias........



The upside to allergies: cancer prevention

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) A new article in the recent issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology provides good evidence that allergies are much more than just an annoying immune malfunction. They may protect against certain types of cancer. The article, by scientists Paul Sherman, Erica Holland and Janet Shellman Sherman from Cornell University, suggests that allergy symptoms may protect against cancer by expelling foreign particles, some of which may be carcinogenic or carry absorbed carcinogens, from the organs most likely to come in with contact them. In addition, allergies may serve as early warning devices that let people know when there are substances in the air that should be avoided........



Wheezing and asthma in young children

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) The diagnosis of asthma in a young child may well be more challenging to pediatricians than previously appreciated, as per a review of research and clinical experience literature by Howard Eigen, M.D., of the Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children appearing in the October 2008 issue of Clinical Pediatrics.......



Pollution, everyday allergens, may be sources of laryngitis

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) Everyday exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, allergens, and air pollution may be the root of chronic cases of laryngitis, says new research presented at the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting and OTO EXPO in Chicago, IL. Laryngitis symptoms include hoarseness of the voice, cough, and chronic clearing of the throat. Scientists and physicians generally attribute laryngitis to a viral infection and overuse of the voice. Other factors, including consistent exposure to second-hand smoke, have also been cited as a trigger........



Link shown between thunderstorms and asthma attacks

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) In the first in-depth study of its kind ever done in the Southeastern United States, scientists at the University of Georgia and Emory University have discovered a link between thunderstorms and asthma attacks in the metro Atlanta area that could have a "significant public health impact". While a relationship between thunderstorms and increased hospital visits for asthma attacks has been known and studied worldwide for years, this is the first time a team of climatologists and epidemiologists has ever conducted a detailed study of the phenomenon in the American South........



Caesarean sections associated with risk of asthma

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) Babies born by Caesarean section have a 50 % increased risk of developing asthma in comparison to babies born naturally. Emergency Caesarean sections increase the risk even further. This is shown in a new study based on data from 1.7 million births registered at the Medical Birth Registry at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health........



Symbicort for treatment of asthma in children as young as 6

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) AstraZeneca today announced that it submitted a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of a new indication for SYMBICORTandreg; (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) Inhalation Aerosol for the long-term maintenance therapy of asthma in pediatric patients ages 6 to 11 years old. SYMBICORT is currently approved for the long-term maintenance therapy of asthma in patients 12 years and older........



Cold Medication Use in Young Children

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) significant number of adverse effects and several deaths, leading the FDA to recommend against their use for children less than two years old. Despite these concerns about safety and efficacy, there has been little research on patterns of cough and cold medicine use in very young children. Now, a new study from the Emergency Medicine Network (www.emnet-usa.org) led by Katherine O'Donnell, M.D. of Children's Hospital Boston reveals important new statistics about medicine use in children under the age of two........



SYMBICORT in children with persistent asthma

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) A new 12-week study2examined safety and efficacy measures of the maintenance combination asthma treatment, SYMBICORT (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dehydrate) Inhalation Aerosol,2 in treating mild to moderate persistent asthma in children ages 6 to 15 years old2 who were previously treated with an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS).2 Of note, the study included efficacy assessments of nighttime symptoms, nighttime rescue medicine use and rescue medication-free days in patients taking SYMBICORT in comparison to those taking formoterol dry powder inhaler (DPI) or budesonide pressurized metered-dose inhaler (pMDI). Results were presented today at the International Conference of the American Thoracic Society held in Toronto, Canada, May 16-21, 2008........



Personalized therapy for asthma and COPD

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:13:24 GMT

(image) Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have defined a new type of immune response that is activated in patients with severe asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Their discovery could dramatically improve diagnosis and therapy of patients with chronic inflammatory lung disease........