Is propolis the drug of the future in the fight against rhinitis?

DAs 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 »

Influence of Mediterranean diet on the symptoms of childhood asthma

DIt has been observed that the incidence of childhood asthma is gradually increasing in developed countries. It is estimated that one-third of the young population will suffer from this disease in the near future. Diagnosing asthma in children is difficult. It consists mainly of checking clinical symptoms: cough, dyspnoea and wheezing. Asthma attack can be provoked by infection of upper respiratory tract, contact with allergens, tobacco smoke, certain medications and physical activity.

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Actinomycosis- diagnostic challenge of XXI century

Scientists from all over the world report about cases of actinomycosis, which due to non-specific symptoms and rare occurence are beeing wrongly diagnosed as a neoplasm. Read full text »

Is the risk of shingles increased in people with asthma?

iStock_000005013708_LargeThe scientists from Mayo Clinic have discovered the connection between asthma and the risk of shingles infection in adults .The research was conducted on the group of 1113 people in Minnesota, USA. Read full text »

Rociletinib is a breakthrough in the treatment of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer, isn’t it ?

medical doctor looking at x-ray picture of lungs in hospitalNew targeted therapy directed against mutated Epithelial Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) in lung cancer, in opposition to the current therapy indicates an activity against most common treatment-resistant mutations as well as significantly improves the prognosis of patients. The results of phase I / II clinical trials of rociletinib were published on the pages of the New England Journal of Medicine on 30 April. The preliminary results were previously presented in 2014 at the congress of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Read full text »

Oxygen therapy associated with burn injury in Patients with COPD

medical doctor looking at x-ray picture of lungs in hospitalResearchers from the University of Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, have proved that there is a higher risk of burn injury in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) who are subjected to oxygen supplementation. Results of the research were published on 30th March on the pages of Mayo Clinic Proceedings Read full text »

A new hope for antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis treatment

medical doctor looking at x-ray picture of lungs in hospitalApproximately 9 million people in 2013 were suffering from tuberculosis (TB), of which 1,5 milion died – according to the WHO data. Improper use of antibiotics resulted with new strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistant to isoniazid and rifampicin. Recently, research team from the University of Georgia in Athens has developed a new, small molecule drug that could be used in treatment of multidrug-resistant TB. Read full text »

Short sleep and breathing disorders are indeendant risk factors for developing childhood obesity

DObesity 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 »

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is a cause of pain

DScientists from Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto have showed a significant correlation between occurrence of pain and  obstuctive sleep apnea syndrome.

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Can vitamin A help to fight tuberculosis?

medicine dopingAccording to data of the World Health Organization (WHO) 8 million new cases of tuberculosis are recorded each year over the world and approximately 2 million people die because of it. Nowadays, a major problem is drug-resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Therefore, new ways of treatment should be developed. Scientists from California have shown that active form of vitamin A – all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) can help to fight the disease. Read full text »