Breathe Better to Live Better Optimizing Outcomes for People with COPD Fri, 16 Aug 2019 23:14:00 +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 Children with mild asthma can use inhalers as needed, study suggests Fri, 16 Aug 2019 23:14:00 +0000 ]]> A new study supports evidence that children with mild asthma can effectively manage the condition by using their two inhalers — one a steroid and the other a bronchodilator — when symptoms occur. This is in contrast to the traditional method of using the steroid daily, regardless of symptoms, and the bronchodilator when symptoms occur. The as-needed use of both inhalers is just as effective for mild asthma as the traditional protocol, according to the investigators.

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Multiple genes affect risk of asthma, hay fever and eczema Mon, 05 Aug 2019 14:11:00 +0000 ]]> Researchers have found a total of 141 regions (genes) in our genetic material that largely explain the genetic risk underlying asthma, hay fever and eczema. As many as 41 of the genes identified have not previously been linked to an elevated risk for these diseases. The results are published in the scientific journal Human Molecular Genetics.

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Scientists discover immune cell subtype in mice that drives allergic reactions Thu, 01 Aug 2019 18:25:00 +0000 ]]> Allergies can be life-threatening when they cause anaphylaxis, an extreme reaction with constriction of the airways and a sudden drop in blood pressure. Scientists have identified a subtype of immune cell that drives the production of antibodies associated with anaphylaxis and other allergic reactions. The research reveals a potential target for new therapies to prevent severe allergic reactions.

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Lung cell patches its own DNA on the fly to survive influenza Mon, 29 Jul 2019 18:49:00 +0000 ]]> Scientists have identified one kind of lung cell that can hustle to repair its damaged DNA and survive an attack of the influenza A virus while other kinds of cells around it die in droves. The finding reveals more about the battle between cells and viruses at the smallest level, and also may provide some important clues for respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.

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Airborne particles can send our detox systems into overdrive Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:29:00 +0000 ]]> As the world gets more and more industrialized, the risk of developing respiratory diseases increases. Very small particles released from industry and vehicle fumes are harmful to our health but exactly how is still unclear. Researchers have now uncovered one mechanism that can exaggerate inflammation in response to diesel fumes and worsen symptoms of respiratory diseases.

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Ozone threat from climate change Tue, 23 Jul 2019 16:19:00 +0000 ]]> We know the recent extreme heat is something that we can expect more of as a result of increasing temperatures due to climate change. But a new study warns that there’s another impact — worsened air quality due to an increase in the number and intensity of ‘ozone alert’ days.

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Strong family relationships may help with asthma outcomes for children Thu, 18 Jul 2019 15:24:00 +0000 ]]> Positive family relationships might help youth to maintain good asthma management behaviors even in the face of difficult neighborhood conditions, according to a new study.

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Cracks in the skin of eczema patients promote allergic diseases Thu, 18 Jul 2019 03:03:00 +0000 ]]> Many babies with eczema go on to develop food allergies, asthma and hay fever, and researchers say it’s not a coincidence. The cracks caused by eczema weaken the skin barrier, allowing allergens to penetrate the skin and cause a sequence of allergic diseases, what experts call the ‘atopic march.’

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Health insurance idea could help millions of Americans spend less Wed, 17 Jul 2019 18:26:00 +0000 ]]> New federal rule could reduce out-of-pocket costs for key drugs and services for people with chronic conditions in high-deductible health plans with health savings accounts.

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No link between flu vaccine in pregnancy and later health problems in children Wed, 10 Jul 2019 23:39:00 +0000 ]]> There is no association between exposure to the 2009 H1N1 ‘swine flu’ vaccine during pregnancy and health problems in early childhood, concludes a new study.

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