It 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.
The 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 »
Bronchial asthma in children is one of the most common respiratory tract diseases. It comes in different, often simultaneously occurring, clinical manifestations. The code of conduct in case of asthma is very effective and, in most cases, it allows for a comprehensive control of the disease. However, despite of that, during the last 20 years an increase in both incidence and hospitalisation rate has been noted due to asthma. A team of scientists from University of British Columbia (UBC) and Children’s Hospital in Canada has found the possible cause of this state of matters while investigating the problem. Read full text »
Clinical studies have reported that early introduction of peanuts to the diet for infants proved to be safe and it caused reductions in development of peanut allergy in 81%. The Studies concerned with infants who were in a group of high risk of developing allergy. The research was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, and were conducted by the Immune Tolerance Network (ITN). The results of the research appeared on the pages of the New England Journal of Medicine and were presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
According to the paper published in the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Journal, researchers from University of Iowa developed a vaccine against dust-mites that can relief allergy symptoms via modulating host immune response against this common environmental allergens. Read full text »
Scientists from Germany presented an explanation for impact of previous Salmonella typhimurium infection on reduced risk of asthma incidence. Results are considered as very promising. Read full text »
Scientists from Great Britain have conducted series of research in which an active form of vitamin D had a positive influence on the reduction of asthma symptoms. They decreased even in the case of asthma resistant to steroid treatment.
Exposure to mold during infancy increases the risk of asthma. Tendency to development of asthma is three times higher among children living in mold contaminated areas. More on this topic can be found in the August issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Read full text »
Gastric bacterium Helicobacter pylori causes ulcer disease. New results published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation revealed that infection protects against allergy-induced asthma. Read full text »