Breathe Better to Live Better Optimizing Outcomes for People with COPD Fri, 06 Dec 2019 22:36:00 -0800 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 Dramatic health benefits following air pollution reduction Fri, 06 Dec 2019 22:36:00 +0000 ]]> Reductions in air pollution yielded fast and dramatic impacts on health-outcomes, as well as decreases in all-cause morbidity, according to new findings.

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Migraine headaches? Consider aspirin for treatment and prevention Tue, 03 Dec 2019 14:10:00 +0000 ]]> Evidence from 13 randomized trials of the treatment of migraine in 4,222 patients and tens of thousands of patients in prevention of recurrent attacks supports the use of high dose aspirin from 900 to 1,300 milligrams to treat acute migraine as well as low dose daily aspirin from 81 to 325 milligrams to prevent recurrent attacks. Aspirin is available without a prescription, is inexpensive, and has a relatively favorable side-effect profile compared to alternative more expensive medications.

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Evidence in mice that childhood asthma is influenced by the neurotransmitter dopamine Tue, 19 Nov 2019 18:25:00 +0000 ]]> Neurons that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine communicate with T cells to enhance allergic inflammation in the lungs of young mice but not older mice, researchers report. The findings potentially explain why asthma susceptibility is higher in children. By highlighting the important role of interactions between the nervous system and the immune system in childhood asthma, the results could lead to new strategies for treating the common chronic disease.

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Allergy shots may be an effective treatment for pediatric pollen food allergy syndrome Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:49:00 +0000 ]]> A new study shows allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy) can be effective in reducing PFAS symptoms for pediatric patients.

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Developing new delivery tools for gene editing Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:46:00 +0000 ]]> Scientists are using simple peptides to deliver gene-editing tools into notoriously hard-to-access lung and airway cells with the goal of creating new treatments for people with diseases like cystic fibrosis, COPD, and asthma.

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How Chlamydia gain access to human cells Wed, 30 Oct 2019 17:27:00 +0000 ]]> Infection biologists have found out how the LIPP protein helps Chlamydia to infect human cells. These insights could provide the basis for prevention of chlamydial infections.

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Prenatal air pollution exposure linked to infants' decreased heart rate response to stress Wed, 30 Oct 2019 11:33:00 +0000 ]]> A mother’s exposure to particulate air pollution during pregnancy is associated with reduced cardiac response to stress in six-month-old infants, according to new research. This study is among the first to find that particulate air pollution exposure in utero can affect heart rate variability, which is a known risk factor for health issues.

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Crimped or straight? Lung fiber shape influences elasticity Mon, 28 Oct 2019 21:51:00 +0000 ]]> Stiff collagen and stretchy elastin fibers packed together in rows allow the respiratory system to stretch and snap back into shape. Scientists previously thought these fibers govern the mechanics of the airways due to their composition. New research has instead observed that differences in the shape and form of tissue fibers influence respiratory elasticity. These findings will help scientists better understand lung diseases, from chronic diseases like COPD to the lung ailment associated with vaping.

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Research tests speed of drones in responding to medical emergency scenarios Fri, 25 Oct 2019 11:59:00 +0000 ]]> Could drones be used someday to deliver life-saving medications or interventions in the case of a child’s emergency, a drug overdose or in response to a mass casualty scene? According to new research, it’s an idea worth exploring.

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A higher resolution image of human lung development Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:05:00 +0000 ]]> Researchers provide clearer picture of how lungs develop and discover novel markers to differentiate populations of lung cells implicated in lung diseases of premature babies.

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