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2009-07-10 10:39:29

The discovery of a mutant gene that doubles the risk of allergies could lead to therapies that would prevent severe cases of asthma, Scottish scientists said. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh say mutations in the filaggrin gene dramatically increase the risk of asthma, hay fever, severe dermatitis and eczema, The Telegraph reported Friday. Our finding suggests filaggrin is a robust biomarker for allergic conditions, Aziz Sheikh, a health scientist at the university, said in a story...

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...

2009-04-15 09:00:00

PHYSICIANS CONCERNED THAT ASTHMA PATIENTS WHO STOP USING ASTHMA CONTROLLER MEDICINE MAY VISIT EMERGENCY ROOM MORE OFTEN WASHINGTON, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A new nationwide telephone survey of 1,001 patients found that while most asthma patients know the risks of "uncontrolled asthma," they misinterpret asthma control, not realizing that asthma is a chronic disease that requires long-term therapy - even when asthma symptoms are not present. Data from The Asthma G.A.P. in America II: General...

2009-04-08 16:00:00

--Practice Changing Study Calls on Doctors to Stop Prescribing Potent Heartburn Medications to Asthma Patients Without Frequent Symptoms of Gastric Reflux-- WASHINGTON, April 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For nearly 20 years, it was believed that severe asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and breathlessness were triggered in part by acid reflux. A new study conducted by the American Lung Association's Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) finds the longstanding practice of...

2009-03-24 06:37:00

Schering-Plough partners with the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics to tell the delightful story of "Breathless Bethany Buttercup" KENILWORTH, N.J., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Asthma is the most common chronic condition among children, with approximately 6.8 million children currently with asthma in the United States.(1,2) It accounts for almost 13 million missed school days each year and is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among those younger than 15 years of...

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2009-03-03 14:00:00

UK researchers reported on Tuesday that children who watch television for more than two hours a day have twice the risk of developing asthma, Reuters reported. Asthma is the most common chronic illness in children and affects more than 300 million people around the world. Asthma causes wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing and chest tightness. Experts say the new study may help link asthma to obesity and lack of exercise. Andrea Sherriff of the University of Glasgow and colleagues wrote in...

2009-02-25 20:58:06

Wheezing in children due to cold or flu is not reduced with steroid tablets, researchers in England have found. The researchers suggest steroids remain an important treatment for children with asthma but steroid tablets do not help preschool children with non-persistent viral-induced wheeze. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was conducted by researchers at the University of Nottingham, the University of Leicester and Bart's in London. There may be some children...

2009-02-24 15:06:38

Newborns whose first few months of life coincide with high pollen and mold seasons are at increased risk of developing early symptoms of asthma, suggests a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Researchers found that children born in the high mold season, which generally encompasses the fall and winter months, have three times the odds of developing wheezing - often an early sign of asthma - by age 2 compared with those born at other times of the year. The...

2009-02-24 07:38:27

New research involving medical experts at The University of Nottingham has found that steroid tablets do not reduce the symptoms of virus-induced wheezing in pre-school children.Researchers from the universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Bart's in London have been at the centre of a leading study to find out whether steroid medicine will relieve wheezing symptoms in children under five years of age.There has been ongoing controversy in the medical community regarding how to best treat...

2009-02-03 12:26:30

Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Duke University have discovered a cause of airway irritation and wheezing after exposure to ozone, a common urban air pollutant. Using an animal model, the researchers were also able to identify several ways to stop the airways from narrowing. These findings help identify potential new targets for drugs which may eventually help physicians better treat emergency room...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.