How asthma may affect your chances of pregnancy

How asthma may affect your chances of pregnancy

Sydney, February 16 (IANS) Certain asthma medication, especially the “quick-acting” relievers, may affect women’s ability to conceive, warns a new study.   The study of more than 5,600 women showed that asthma patients who only use these short-acting asthma relievers take longer to become pregnant than other women.   But those who use long-acting asthma […]

New drug therapy may hold promise for asthma patients

New drug therapy may hold promise for asthma patients

New York, February 8 (IANS) A team of American and Chinese scientists have developed a new non-toxic treatment that could lead to more effective drug therapy for millions of individuals with asthma and other respiratory disorders.   Scientists from US-based Rutgers University and Shanghai University in China examined more than 6,000 compounds and identified a […]

Childhood asthma, food allergy may up anxiety disorder risk

Childhood asthma, food allergy may up anxiety disorder risk

Toronto, January 6 (IANS) If your child is suffering from chronic illness such as asthma or food allergy, he or she is more likely to develop anxiety or other mental health disorders, finds a study   The findings showed that anxiety disorders were most common, including separation anxiety, generalised anxiety and phobias, in kids with […]

Why women are more vulnerable to asthma risk than men

Why women are more vulnerable to asthma risk than men

New York, November 29 (IANS) Women are more likely to suffer from asthma than men because of the absence of testosterone — the male sex hormone — which prevents lungs from inhaling harmful pollen, dust or other airborne allergens, finds a study.   The findings showed that testosterone acts on immune cells that act as […]

Kids with asthma are unnecessarily prescribed antibiotics: Study

Kids with asthma are unnecessarily prescribed antibiotics: Study

London, September 11 (IANS) Children suffering from asthma are unnecessarily prescribed antibiotics for treatment even though guidelines do not support this, new research shows.   Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.   The findings showed that asthma […]

New gene therapy may ‘turn off’ asthma

New gene therapy may ‘turn off’ asthma

Sydney, June 4 (IANS) Researchers have developed a new gene therapy that may help to ‘turn-off’ the immune response which causes allergic reaction such as asthma, or potentially lethal food allergies, researchers have found.   “When someone has an allergy or asthma flare-up, the symptoms they experience results from immune cells reacting to protein in […]

Asthma drug found promising in skin disorder treatment

London, April 9 (IANS) Patients who develop itchy wheals in response to cold or friction, benefit from treatment with omalizumab, a drug normally used to treat asthma, a new research has found.   The drug’s active substance is highly effective against different types of inducible urticaria, a skin disease characterised by itchy wheals, which develop […]

Insomniac? You may be thrice at risk of asthma

Insomniac? You may be thrice at risk of asthma

London, February 2 (IANS) Do you chronically spend sleepless nights, have poor sleep quality or face difficulties initiating or maintaining sleep? Beware, you may be more than thrice at risk of developing asthma in adulthood, researchers have warned.   Asthma affects approximately 300 million people worldwide, with major risk factors including smoking, obesity and air […]

New drug to suppress allergies, asthma

New drug to suppress allergies, asthma

Melbourne, November 25 (IANS) An Australian Nobel Prize-winning scientist is developing a drug to counter allergies and asthma, a statement said on Friday.   Still in its initial stage the the drug can be taken as tablets, capsules, liquids or powder, Xinhua news reported.   Barry Marshall, a microbiology professor from University of Western Australia, […]

Asthma drug could prevent liver disease

New York, October 12 (IANS) A drug commonly used for the prevention of allergies and asthma has shown promise in preventing liver disease and reducing the need for transplants, says a study.   The study, conducted in mice, found that cromolyn sodium successfully blocked a series of cells that trigger liver scarring (known as fibrosis), […]

Small foetal size may up risk of asthma in kids

London, September 5 (IANS) A smaller foetal size during the first and second trimesters of pregnancy can signficantly increase the risk of asthma and reduce the lung function in children, a study has found.   Previous studies found that the reduced foetal size during the first and second trimesters of a pregnancy increased the risk […]