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2010-04-28 13:15:00

Thanks to an interdisciplinary team of researchers, scientists now have a more complete understanding of one of the human body's most vital structures: the red blood cell. Led by University of Illinois electrical and computer engineering professor Gabriel Popescu, the team developed a model that could lead to breakthroughs in screening and treatment of blood-cell-morphology diseases, such as malaria and sickle-cell disease. The group published its findings in the Proceedings of the National...

2010-02-15 07:18:48

Novel screening technique identifies new effects of approved drugs, further study needed Drugs that target the way cells convert nutrients into energy could offer new approaches to treating a range of conditions including heart attack and stroke. Using a new way to screen for potential drugs, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers has identified several FDA-approved agents, including an over-the-counter anti-nausea drug, that can shift cellular energy metabolism...

2009-07-10 15:04:06

Exposure to smoke can worsen your child's asthma and should be eliminated to help effectively manage his symptoms, said a pediatric pulmonologist at Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu)."Sometimes treating a child's asthma means treating the parent's tobacco addiction," said Dr. Harold Farber, associate professor of pediatrics - pulmonary at BCM and associate medical director of the Texas Children's Health Plan (http://www.texaschildrenshealthplan.org) at Texas Children's Hospital...

2009-06-01 12:59:04

Ingesting caffeine within an hour of exercise can reduce the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma, U.S. researchers said. Co-investigator Timothy Mickleborough of Indiana University in Bloomington and colleagues said the caffeine study involved 10 subjects with exercise-induced asthma in a randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, crossover study. The subjects ingested 3, 6 or 9 milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of body weight or a placebo an hour before running on a treadmill. Pulmonary...

2008-12-19 10:07:47

Hope is on the horizon for premature infants born before their lungs have a chance to fully develop. "Within minutes of birth, a baby relies solely on its lungs to get the oxygen it needs," study author Paul Kemp, from Cardiff University in the U.K., was quoted as saying. But lung development is one of the last things that occurs in the womb, so when babies are born too soon, their lungs don't have the ability to take in enough oxygen to supply the bloodstream. This results in respiratory...

2008-10-03 09:00:08

Six-year-old girls and, to a lesser extent, boys who have certain respiratory problems are many times more likely than others to develop asthma as young adults, according to a study led by a University of Arizona physician, professor and researcher. The Tucson Children's Respiratory Study used data from 1,246 people born between 1980 and 1984. Researchers tracked 849 of the original study members to find out if they developed asthma at age 22, according to MedPage Today, an online digest of...

2008-10-02 21:00:05

SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 3 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pharmaceutical company Pharmaxis has announced that researchers will present 12 abstracts from its respiratory disease program at the 2008 European Respiratory Society Congress (ERS) being held in Berlin from the 4th to the 8th October. The ERS brings together many of the world's top respiratory researchers and clinicians to hear latest advances in clinical diagnosis and treatment. A comprehensive program of research will be...

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2008-09-08 14:45:00

Sweating, Crying May Help Prevent Exercise-Induced Asthma in Athletes An athlete's ability to sweat may do more than keep the body cool. It also may prevent the development of exercise-induced asthma (EIA), a common respiratory condition among trained athletes. New research appearing in the September issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), shows that athletes with EIA produce less sweat, tears, and saliva than those who do not have...

2008-09-01 15:00:05

Asthma hospitalization rates can more than triple between August and September, a New York City health department expert says. "Children with asthma can encounter more asthma triggers in the fall," Lorna Davis-Robinson, director of the health department's asthma initiative, says in a statement. "To avoid letting asthma cause illness and unnecessary school absence, parents should consult with their child's healthcare provider now. The right treatment can help ensure that your child has the...

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2008-08-01 15:25:00

The authors of a new research review say children with asthma face a number of barriers to participation in physical activity, from family beliefs to school disorganization to their own misperceptions about their symptoms. Dr. Brian Williams of the University of Dundee in Scotland and colleagues concluded that given the multiple benefits of exercise, physical activity is essential to kids with asthma, and efforts must be made to remove these barriers. They reported in the journal BMC Family...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.