New Devices, Wearable System Aim to Predict, Prevent Asthma Attacks

North Carolina State University news release Researchers have developed an integrated, wearable system that monitors a user’s environment, heart rate and other physical attributes with the goal of predicting and preventing asthma attacks. The researchers plan to begin testing the system on a larger subject population this summer. The system, called the Health and Environmental…

Persistent Childhood Asthma Linked to COPD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital press release The development of persistent childhood asthma – characterized by having trouble breathing on an almost daily basis – is not well understood. In most cases, childhood asthma resolves with time, but as many as 20 percent of children with asthma will go on to have potentially severe symptoms in…

May – Focusing on Asthma Awareness and Control

News from the American Lung Association Did you know that in the United States, it’s estimated that approximately 24 million people—including more than 6 million children—are living with asthma? May is Asthma Awareness Month and today, May 3 is World Asthma Day. The 2016 theme for World Asthma Day is “You Can Control Your Asthma”…

Can’t Get Enough Air?

news from National Jewish Health One in four Americans suffers from a serious, chronic or life-threatening respiratory disease. An accurate diagnosis is critical for proper care. If you have shortness of breath with chronic cough, throat clearing, sporadic hoarseness or wheezing, you may have vocal cord dysfunction (VCD), which is often misdiagnosed as asthma. Learn…

Survive the Seasons: Allergens and Irritants

Explore tips to combat pollen, dust mites, and other common irritants. (From NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) Allergens & Irritants Asthma is one of our nation’s most common chronic health conditions. Many substances can aggravate allergies or increase the severity of asthma symptoms in individuals who are sensitive to these allergens or irritants. This Web…

Flour Identified as Main Cause of Occupational Asthma in France

 European Lung Foundation press release Flour has been identified as the main cause of occupational asthma in France, closely followed by cleaning products.  A new study, which was presented at the European Respiratory Society’s International Congress today (07 September 2014), analysed all cases of occupational asthma in France. The research, which is the largest of…

NUS study shows effectiveness of artesunate, a common herbal-based anti-malarial drug, in controlling asthma

 National University of Singapore press release Asthmatic patients may soon have a more effective way to control the condition, thanks to a new pharmacological discovery by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS). The team, led by Associate Professor Fred Wong from the Department of Pharmacology at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of…

In Asthma, It’s Not Just What You Smell, But What You Think You Smell

Monell center news release Cognitive expectations about odor safety related to airway inflammation New research from the Monell Center reveals that simply believing that an odor is potentially harmful can increase airway inflammation in asthmatics for at least 24 hours following exposure. The findings highlight the role that expectations can play in health-related outcomes. “Asthmatics…

May is Asthma Awareness Month – Information and Resources from the American Lung Association

Raising Awareness About Asthma Today, more than 25 million people in America have asthma—including more than 7 million kids. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and is a leading cause of school absences. That’s why this May—Asthma Awareness Month—the American Lung Association has set out to…

Are You Taking Too Much Asthma Medicine?

Study is underway to find better ways to control both the disease and its costs (COLUMBUS, Ohio) January 2014 – A national study is underway to better understand how to help asthma patients cut down on their medications, when appropriate, while controlling the disease and its costs. Between medication, lost productivity and time off from…

Can Ginger Help With Asthma? Studies Find It Can Ease Symptoms by Opening Airways

The Ache: Some 26 million Americans suffer from asthma—a chronic inflammation of airways in the lungs that causes coughing, chest tightness, wheezing and shortness of breath, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Since you can still have an asthma attack despite regular medications, many patients try alternative treatments—but there is little…

Dietary fibers protect against asthma

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) news release The Western diet probably has more to do with the asthma epidemic than has been assumed so far because developing asthma is related to the amount of fruit and vegetables consumed. Gut bacteria ferment the dietary fibres contained in them and fatty acids enter the blood as a…

Odor receptors discovered in lungs – They’re just like those in your nose, but instead of conjuring up a cup of coffee, they might make you cough

Diana Lutz – Washinton University in St. Louis Your nose is not the only organ in your body that can sense cigarette smoke wafting through the air. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Iowa have shown that your lungs have odor receptors as well. Unlike the receptors in your nose,…

Historic Case Study: Charles Dicken’s Asthma

Charles Dickens remains one of the greatest voices of British literature. He so clearly defined the social inequities of his time in such monumental works as “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Great Expectations” and “A Christmas Carol.” Dickens was no stranger to personal strife. When his father was sent to debtor’s prison, Dickens toiled as…