As the years go by, more and more people are struggling with allergic rhinitis. Permanent rhinorrhoea, sneezing or nasal congestion caused by inflammation of nasal mucosa are the reasons of common use of variety of pharmacological substances which are available in the drug stores. None of the groups of medicines which are currently used during treatment of rhinitis – steroids, antihistamines, antileukotrienes, immunotherapy etc., doesn’t cure it completely, so search for something more effective is still in process. Read full text »
Finnish researchers suggest that there is a link between insulin resistance (typical for type 2 diabetes) and language difficulties in women (a sign of cognitive disorders in dementia). The study included both men and women belonging to different age groups and was conducted by Laura Ekblad Ph.D. and colleagues from the University Hospital in Turku, Finland. The results of the research were published in “Diabetes”, journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.
Obesity among children has become a tremendous problem all over the world. It involves about 43 million children while in Europe alone it affects 5 million and 20 million of citizens under the age of 18. This disease may lead to an increased risk of bone fractures, cardiovascular diseases as well as diabetes and obesity in the adult life. That is why it is of great importance to search for variable risk factors, the modifications of which could allow for putting an end to the epidemic obesity among the youngest. A significant step has been made by scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. They have observed that both small number of hours of sleep and breathing problems during sleep are the independent risk factors for obesity in children. Read full text »
Scientists from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital suggested a potential therapeutic role of acetylsalicylic acid in inhibiting vestibular schwannoma growth. Their results, published in Otology & Neurotology journal, might bring significant clinical implications in the future. Read full text »
Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Iowa announced that odor receptors are presented not only in the nasal cavity but also on the surface of specific lung cells. Their data has been recently published in the Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. Read full text »
The use of stem cells transformed into progenitor cells in laboratories of University in Sheffield has caused a significant improvement of hearing in experimental animals. Read full text »
If you are dealing with parents desperately wanting their offsprings free from sneezing and cough, advise them to buy a cat or a dog! According to the article (1) by Finnish specialists, published in the July issue of Pediatrics journal, keeping furry animals contributes to the lower rate of respiratory infections in the child’s first year of life. Better resistance to microbes might be explained by the enhanced maturation of the immune system, which is presumably provoked by the exposure to antigens carried by animals. Various studies have already tested this hypothesis, but the results were often opposing. This time European researchers try to convince us one more time that, as far as children are concerned, the more dirt the better.