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Which asthma drugs, dosages work best for African Americans?
The University of Illinois at Chicago has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to determine what combination and dosages of asthma medications works best to manage asthma in African Americans, who suffer much higher rates of serious asthma attacks, hospitalizations and asthma-related deaths than do white patients. (2014-02-19)

Passive smoking impairs children's responses to asthma treatment
Children exposed to cigarette smoke at home have lower levels of an enzyme that helps them respond to asthma treatment, a study has found. (2014-02-14)

Diabetes, epilepsy and asthma increase risk of self-harm
New research quantifying the risk of admission to hospital for self-harm has identified a raised risk of self-harm among groups of patients with certain physical illnesses. (2014-02-13)

Hardships explain much of hospital asthma readmissions among black children and teens
Black children are twice as likely as white children to be readmitted to the hospital for asthma -- a disparity due in large part to a greater burden of financial and social hardships, according to a new study. (2014-02-03)

Common colds during pregnancy may lead to childhood asthma
Women that are pregnant may want to take extra precaution around those that are sniffling and sneezing this winter. According to a new study published today in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the more common colds and viral infections a woman has during pregnancy, the higher the risk her baby will have asthma. (2014-02-03)

Preterm birth is associated with increased risk of asthma and wheezing disorders
Children who are born preterm have an increased risk developing asthma and wheezing disorders during childhood according to new research published in PLOS Medicine. (2014-01-28)

23andMe helps identify 11 new genetic associations for asthma-with-hay fever
23andMe, the leading personal genetics company, has participated in the first ever genome-wide association study of the combined asthma-with-hay fever phenotype. Led by researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, the study identified 11 independent genetic markers associated with the development of asthma-with-hay fever, including two associations reaching a level of significance with allergic disease for the first time. Through these findings, 23andMe aims to substantially improve the ability to detect genetic risk factors shared between both diseases. (2014-01-28)

Quality improvement initiative improves asthma outcomes in teens
Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have successfully carried out what is believed to be the first initiative conducted exclusively among teenagers to show significant improvement in their asthma outcomes. (2014-01-27)

Rare genetic variations may account for severe reaction to LABA drugs in some people
More than 25 million people in the United States have asthma, a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways causing recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. (2014-01-27)

Salmonella infection mitigates asthma
Researchers from Germany have identified the mechanism by which Salmonella infections can reduce the incidence of asthma in mice. The research, which appears ahead of print in the journal Infection and Immunity, opens up new avenues of research that could lead to treatments. (2014-01-23)

Asthma: DMP is largely consistent with guidelines
Few discrepancies exist between the disease management program (2014-01-22)

Depressive symptoms linked to adult-onset asthma in African-American women
According to a new study from the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University, African-American women who reported high levels of depressive symptoms had a greater likelihood of adult-onset asthma compared to women who reported fewer depressive symptoms. (2014-01-21)

Obese children more susceptible to asthma from air pollution
Obese children exposed to high levels of air pollutants were nearly three times as likely to have asthma, compared with non-obese children and lower levels of pollution exposure, report researchers at Columbia University Medical Center. (2014-01-21)

Secondhand smoke exposure increases odds of hospital asthma readmission for children
A new study shows that exposure to secondhand smoke at home or in the car dramatically increases the odds of children being readmitted to the hospital within a year of being admitted for asthma. (2014-01-20)

Need relief from asthma? Communicating with your allergist is key
Can't find relief from your asthma symptoms? The way you communicate with your allergist can be the root of your problems. According to two papers published in the January issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, in order for treatment to be effective, asthma sufferers need to ask questions and feel as if they have open communication with their allergist. (2014-01-13)

Mice exposed to retinoid deficiency in utero exhibit bronchial hyperresponsiveness as adults
In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Wellington Cardoso and colleagues at the Boston University School of Medicine reveal that mice born to mothers with retinoid deficiency during pregnancy are at increased risk of developing airway hyperesponsiveness. (2014-01-09)

Stanford researcher's work provides glimpse into health of most-extreme runners
To learn more about the health of ultrarunners, Eswar Krishnan, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, teamed up with Martin Hoffman, M.D., a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at UC-Davis and an avid ultrarunner. In Nov. 2011 they launched the Ultrarunners Longitudinal Tracking Study. Baseline findings of the study will be published Jan. 8 in PLOS ONE. (2014-01-08)

Low diversity of bacteria may increase the risk for asthma
Low gut microbial diversity in the intestines of infants can increase the risk for asthma development. These are the findings of the age 7 follow-up in a multi-year study led by researchers at Linkoping University. (2014-01-07)

Associate chief of emergency medicine receives $2.2 million award for asthma studies
Stephen J. Teach, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Chief of Emergency Medicine at Children's National Health System, says that aggressively managing parental stress and using cell phone apps to monitor medication usage in at-risk youth with asthma may improve children's adherence to asthma medications. (2014-01-06)

Overweight linked with reduced lung function in children with a history of early childhood wheezing
Overweight and obesity are significant risk factors for reduced lung function in school-aged children with a history of early childhood wheezing, according to a study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. The results also showed that the use of inhaled corticosteroids for asthma in childhood may result in reduced bone mineral density in early teenage years. (2014-01-02)

Embargoed study: New quality, payment initiative positively impacts pediatric care
Within two years of implementation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' Alternative Quality Contract -- a contracting model, based on global payment and pay-for-performance -- had a small but significant positive effect on the quality of pediatric care, according to a new study from Boston Children's Hospital. The results were published online Dec. 23 in Pediatrics. (2013-12-23)

Group Health approved for funding awards by PCORI
Research teams at Group Health Research Institute have been approved for funding awards by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study opioid therapy and asthma -- and to help expand a health data network that will be part of PCORnet: the National Patient-Centered National Clinical Research Network. (2013-12-18)

Research shows how household dogs protect against asthma and infection
Children's risk for developing allergies and asthma is reduced when they are exposed in early infancy to a dog in the household, and now researchers have discovered a reason why. (2013-12-16)

Dust in homes with dogs may protect against allergies, asthma
A new study suggests that exposure to dust from homes with dogs may alter the immune response to allergens and other asthma triggers by affecting the composition of the gut microbiome -- the community of microbes that naturally colonize the digestive tract. (2013-12-16)

EU membership may have led to allergy increase in rural Poland
Poland's entry into the EU may have had the surprising consequence of increasing allergies in rural villages, according to a new study. (2013-12-16)

Researchers discover how a protein complex revs up T cell activation to fight infections
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have identified a protein complex that is essential for jumpstarting the immune response during the critical first 24 hours of an infection. The research appears in the current issue of the scientific journal Immunity. Researchers showed the protein complex mTORC1 helps to ensure that newly activated T cells have the energy necessary to launch proliferation. T cells are white blood cells that fight disease and promote immune system balance. (2013-12-16)

New guidelines for severe asthma provide an updated definition of the disease and a new plan to tack
A new guideline has provided an updated definition of severe asthma along with new recommendations for treating the condition. (2013-12-11)

From common colds to deadly lung diseases, 1 protein plays key role
An international team of researchers has zeroed in on a protein that plays a key role in many lung-related ailments, from seasonal coughing and hacking to more serious diseases such as MRSA infections and cystic fibrosis. The finding advances knowledge about this range of illnesses and may point the way to eventually being able to prevent infections such as MRSA. The key protein is called MUC5B. (2013-12-08)

Taking probiotics in pregnancy or giving them to infants doesn't prevent asthma
Taking probiotics has health benefits but preventing childhood asthma isn't one of them, shows newly published research led by medical scientists at the University of Alberta. (2013-12-06)

Bronchial thermoplasty shows long-term effectiveness for asthma
The beneficial effects of bronchial thermoplasty, a non-pharmacologic treatment for asthma, last at least five years, according to researchers at National Jewish Health and other institutions. The therapy, in which heat is applied to a patient's airways during a bronchoscopy procedure, was approved by the FDA in 2010. The researchers report that reductions in severe asthma exacerbations, emergency department visits, medication use and missed workdays continued out to five years after the procedure was performed. (2013-12-02)

Disputed asthma drugs have safe record in British Columbia
A popular combination asthma therapy dogged by safety concerns has not harmed British Columbians and should remain in use, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. The study found no significant difference in hospitalization rates for patients who took inhaled corticosteroids alone and those who used the combination therapy. (2013-11-26)

Researchers identify main genes responsible for asthma attacks in children
An international team spearheaded by researchers from the University of Copenhagen has identified the genes that put some children at particularly high risk of serious asthma attacks, including one not previously suspected of being implicated in the disease. In the long term, these new findings are expected to help improve treatment options for the disease, which represents a high cost for families and society alike. (2013-11-17)

Novel gene variant found in severe childhood asthma
An international scientific team has discovered a gene associated with a high risk of severe childhood asthma. The specific gene variant may be an actual cause of this form of asthma, a leading cause of hospitalization in young children. (2013-11-17)

ARC Future Fellows awarded $2.2M for immune and inflammation studies
Scientists from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have been awarded more than $2.2 million from the Australian Research Council to improve treatments for immune disorders and inflammatory diseases. (2013-11-14)

Women with asthma could face a delay in becoming pregnant
Women with asthma could take longer to conceive, according to new research. (2013-11-13)

Putting the brakes on immunity
While the immune system's primary role is to fight infections, it can also become overactive, leading to problems like allergies and autoimmune diseases. Now Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered a powerful mechanism that keeps the system from (2013-11-12)

The great disappearing act: Bone marrow receiver cured of allergy
Not only can bone marrow transplants be life-saving for children with acute lymphocytic leukemia, they may also cure peanut allergies. According to research presented during the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's Annual Scientific Meeting, a 10-year-old boy no longer had a peanut allergy after undergoing a bone marrow transplant. (2013-11-08)

You can have a food allergy, and eat it too
Have food allergies? If you answered yes, you know the best way to prevent a severe allergic reaction is to totally avoid the offending food. But according to a presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, you may no longer have to avoid the food entirely. (2013-11-08)

Instrument neglect can lead to 'saxophone lung' in musicians
Reed instruments, such as the clarinet and saxophone, can be detrimental to your health if not properly cleaned. In a study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, Nov. 7-11, researchers noted that musicians can develop allergic pulmonary disease to specific funguses that collect over time in the instrument's reed. (2013-11-08)

Allergy shots during pregnancy may decrease allergies in children
Expecting mothers who suffer from allergies may want to consider another vaccination in addition to the flu shot and Tdap. A study being presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found pregnant women who receive allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, during pregnancy may decrease their baby's chance of developing allergies. (2013-11-08)

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