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Asthma Treatment Uses Double Duty Molecule
2013-02-28 09:06:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at the Brigham and Women´s Hospital (BWH) in Boston have discovered a molecule that controls cells responsible for decreasing airway inflammation in asthma patients, and their discovery could lead to new treatments for the millions of Americans that suffer from the disease. The molecule is known as lipoxin A4, and according to the researchers, it is responsible for resolving inflammation. It accomplishes this in...

2012-05-22 02:37:50

Higher mortality rates among older adult asthma patients compared to their younger counterparts may be due, at least in part, to an increase in airway inflammation, according to a study conducted by researchers in Canada, who note that their results imply that elderly patients are either less likely to follow asthma medication dosing instructions, or that the underlying airway inflammation in elderly patients is relatively resistant to current anti-inflammatory therapies. The study will be...

2012-01-27 10:41:44

The lung clearance index (LCI) is a sensitive non-invasive marker of early lung disease in young children with cystic fibrosis (CF), according to a new study from Australian researchers. "We found that LCI is elevated early in children with CF, especially in the presence of airway inflammation and Pseudomonas aeruginosa," said Yvonne Belessis, MBBS, MPH, PhD, respiratory staff specialist at the Sydney Children's Hospital. "LCI may not only be a marker of early CF lung disease, but may be...

2011-09-02 11:46:41

The American Thoracic Society has issued the first-ever guidelines on the use of fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FENO) that address when to use FENO and how to interpret FENO levels in different clinical settings. The guidelines, which appear in the September 1 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, are graded based on the available evidence in the literature. "There are existing guidelines to measure FENO but none to interpret the results," noted Raed A. Dweik, MD,...

2010-01-13 12:44:00

SOLNA, Sweden, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerocrine AB (OMX Nordic Exchange: AERO) today announced that a group of prominent clinicians and researchers, all leaders in the field of asthma in the US, has issued a consensus paper recommending that inflammation monitoring using exhaled nitric oxide should be part of the routine clinical management of asthma in conjunction with other conventional methods. The points of clinical consensus were arrived at during a closed meeting held at National...

2009-06-01 07:00:00

MENLO PARK, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In its Series D round of fundraising, Apieron Inc. said that it closed on commitments from all of its previous venture investors. The round presently includes Alliance Technology Ventures, Canaan Partners, Draper Fisher Jervetson and Onset Ventures. "With commitments from our previous venture investors, we are more than well on our way to securing our financing target and closing the round," said Holly McGarraugh, Apieron President and CEO....

2008-06-17 03:00:09

By Schaumann, Frank Muller, Meike; Braun, Armin; Luettig, Birgit; Peden, David B; Hohlfeld, Jens M; Krug, Norbert Rationale: Epidemiologic studies have shown that exacerbation of asthma is modulated by environmental endotoxin. High levels of endotoxin are associated with asthma symptoms and the current use of asthma medication. However, the underlying mechanisms by which endotoxin modulates asthma are not completely understood. Objectives: The aim of the study was to test whether endotoxin...

2007-12-27 03:00:11

By Karpel, Jill P Nelson, Harold Key words: Asthma - Dry powder inhaler - Inhaled corticosteroids - Mometasone furoate - Prednisone ABSTRACT Background: Mometasone furoate (MF), a potent synthetic inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) with a high affinity for the glucocorticoid receptor, is approved for use in the treatment of asthma. Scope: Publications reviewed in this article were identified via searches of MEDLINE and EMBASE databases using the terms 'mometasone furoate AND pharmacology' and...

2005-11-29 13:47:39

The bronchial tubes of a patient with severe asthma can become scarred due to repeated episodes of allergic inflammation in the airways. The scarring results in blocked airways, excessive production of mucus, and shortness of breath. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have discovered that when a single gene "“ IKK beta "“ is selectively inactivated in the membrane-lining cells of the bronchial tubes of mice that later inhale allergens,...


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