Allergies & Asthma

Asthma is a complex chronic disease with environmental and genetic factors influencing prevalence. A recent study examined epigenetic data from children to determine the importance of epigenetics in childhood asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and swelling of the airways which can lead to wheezing and shortness of breath. In 2009, it
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A phase II trial of Tazepelumab – an asthma medication developed by pharmaceutical companies MedImmune and Amgen – yielded exciting results for many patients with uncontrolled asthma. Over 315 million people across the globe are affected by asthma – a long-term inflammatory disease of the lungs. Most cases can be controlled by using glucocorticoids administered
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Researchers investigate the differences in asthma management and severity between different ethnic groups in Britain, in order to improve services to all groups. One million children receive treatment for asthma in the United Kingdom. Healthcare practitioners have noticed a difference in asthma management between children of different ethnicities. Children of South Asian heritage were experiencing
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A recent study investigates whether consumers are subjected to frequent exposure to fragrance contact allergens through cosmetic products and if these products are infrequently labelled with the allergens most commonly involved in contact allergies. Fragrance chemicals are primary contributors to the incidence of contact allergies in European adults, with 120 types inducing skin sensitization. Twenty-six
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A common asthma symptom is an exercise-induced bronchoconstriction – the constriction of the airways. Researchers investigated the potential of fish oil to improve asthma symptoms. Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) is a prominent and common symptom in individuals with asthma. It even affects up to 50% of elite athletes, making it a concern
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A clinical study of adult patients with an asthma diagnosis suggests that follow-up reassessment may be warranted. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association investigated whether asthma can be ruled out and medications can safely be stopped in some adult patients.According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI),
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A comprehensive review of scientific literature suggests a possible link between early introduction of allergenic foods and reduced likelihood of some allergies, although the evidence is not conclusive.   Both popular and scientific literature have discussed the relationship between early introduction of certain foods to infant diets and the subsequent development of allergies or autoimmune
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80% of patients who believed that they were allergic to penicillin received more effective therapy after penicillin skin allergy testing.   Penicillin is a common antibiotic that is used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Up to 15% of patients admitted to hospitals report that they have an alleged allergy to penicillin. While penicillin allergies
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The number of nasal allergies is increasing over time, however, asthma symptoms among adults tend to remain stable.   Although past research investigating the prevalence of asthma and allergies among adult populations is relatively scant, information that does exist tends to suggest two trends: first, that asthma symptoms tend to remain stable over time, and
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