Breathe Better to Live Better Optimizing Outcomes for People with COPD Fri, 14 Feb 2020 13:48:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Optimizing Outcomes for People with COPD Breathe Better to Live Better Optimizing Outcomes for People with COPD Breathe Better to Live Better 51409866 Differences in airway size develop during puberty Fri, 14 Feb 2020 13:48:00 +0000 ]]> Sex differences in airway size are not innate, but likely develop because of hormonal changes around puberty, reports a new study.

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Steroids could do more harm than good in treating coronavirus Thu, 06 Feb 2020 16:07:00 +0000 ]]> Steroids should be avoided in the treatment of the current novel coronavirus, experts have advised. A commentary article published in The Lancet concludes that, based on evidence from previous outbreaks of similar types of infection such as SARS, steroids provide little benefit to patients and could do more harm than good. They say that clinicians should still administer the treatment for conditions such as asthma and other inflammatory diseases.

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Agricultural area residents in danger of inhaling toxic aerosols Mon, 03 Feb 2020 15:45:00 +0000 ]]> Excess selenium from fertilizers and other natural sources can create air pollution that could lead to lung cancer, asthma, and Type 2 diabetes, according to new research.

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Finer particulate matter (PM1) could increase cardiovascular disease risk Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:14:00 +0000 ]]> In addition to harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, air pollution contains tiny particles that have been linked to health problems, including cardiovascular disease and asthma.

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New look at odd holes involved in taste, Alzheimer's, asthma Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:48:00 +0000 ]]> Large holes in our cells have been implicated in depression, Alzehimer’s disease, asthma, and even taste. Now, we know what two kinds of these pores look like, potentially creating new opportunities to discover effective treatment options.

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BPA activates immune response in mice that passes down through generations Wed, 15 Jan 2020 17:06:00 +0000 ]]> Some plastic food and beverage containers still contain bisphenol A (BPA), which can mimic the hormone estrogen. Although experts say that small amounts of BPA detected in foods are unlikely to cause problems, some people worry that constant low-level exposures could have health effects, especially for developing fetuses, infants and children. Now, researchers report that in mice, BPA activates an immune response that persists for at least three generations.

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Genetic anomaly associated with poor response to common asthma treatment Mon, 13 Jan 2020 20:33:00 +0000 ]]> A new study has uncovered a genetic anomaly associated with poor response to a common asthma treatment. The findings showed that asthmatic patients with the gene variant are less likely to respond to glucocorticoids and often develop severe asthma.

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Meta-analysis indicates that one-fifth of the world's population exposed to Toxocara Thu, 19 Dec 2019 19:27:00 +0000 ]]> Human toxocariasis — a neglected tropical disease found worldwide, can cause a range of allergic, neurological, cardiac, and other symptoms. However, it also goes unnoticed in many people who contract the infection. Now, researchers report that about 19% of the world’s human population carries antibodies against Toxocara.

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Asthma severity linked to microbiome of upper airway Mon, 16 Dec 2019 16:01:00 +0000 ]]> A new study suggests there is a link between bacteria that live in the upper airway and the severity of asthma symptoms among children with mild to moderate asthma.

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Study highlights high cost of fossil fuel pollution on children's health Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:33:00 +0000 ]]> A new study has compiled the estimated per-case costs of 6 childhood health conditions linked to air pollution — estimates that can be incorporated into benefits assessments of air pollution regulations and climate change mitigation policies.

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