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Allergy and Immunology

Allergy and Immunology

18-12-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Childhood asthma secondhand smoke education vital

A US study has found that smokers caring for children with asthma often underestimate levels of secondhand smoke exposure.

15-12-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Fat mass not linked to lung function in children with asthma

A study suggests that the relationship between body mass and lung function in children with asthma is more nuanced than previously thought.

10-12-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Early antibiotic use linked to asthma, not atopy

Research from the UK has found a “robust and dose-dependent” association between antibiotic use in the first 2 years of life and subsequent asthma at the age of 7 and a half years.

09-12-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Supraglottic index, teaching program validated

A scoring system known as the supraglottic index is valuable in assessing patients with asthma complicated by laryngopharyngeal reflux, researchers report.

08-12-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Early lung infection exacerbates asthma risk in preterm birth children

A Swedish study of children admitted to hospital within the first year of life for lung infection has found that the increased risk this poses for later development of asthma is exacerbated by low gestational age.

04-12-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Autumn-born children prone to asthma

Month of birth closely correlates with the prevalence of bronchial asthma, a major study of Taiwanese children has found.

03-12-2013 | Psychotic disorders | Article

Childhood asthma, eczema linked to adolescent psychotic experiences

UK research indicates that children with asthma and eczema are significantly more likely to have psychotic experiences during adolescence, boosting a previously reported relationship between schizophrenia and atopic disorders.

02-12-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Obese patients receive needless respiratory treatment

Research from the USA shows that a substantial proportion of obese patients are prescribed bronchodilators, even after spirometry indicates a lack of lung obstruction.

28-11-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Teenage girls with asthma need smoking cessation support

Researchers say that adolescent girls with asthma who smoke may need significant support to help them quit the habit.

25-11-2013 | General practice | Article

Asthma patients ‘too accepting of symptoms’

Researchers from the UK report that patients with asthma continue to overestimate their asthma control, and many accept symptoms as the norm.

19-11-2013 | Gynaecology | Article

Asthma prolongs time to pregnancy

Research shows that women with asthma take longer to conceive than women without the condition, an effect that grows stronger with age.

18-11-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Teenage bereavement linked to asthma hospitalization risk

Research shows that children who experience bereavement during late adolescence are at increased risk for asthma hospitalizations.

14-11-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Young adults with asthma ‘need cold weather care’

Researchers say that young adults with asthma should receive extra care and guidance during the winter months, to stop the effects of cold weather exposure from limiting their activities.

12-11-2013 | Gynaecology | Article

Moderately preterm births add to asthma burden

Research from Finland shows that children born late preterm or early term are at significantly increased risk for asthma compared with those born at term, and these births account for the majority of excess asthma burden due to prematurity.

11-11-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Index predicts asthma in high-risk preschool children

Researchers have shown that the modified Asthma Predictive Index has high predictive value for future asthma development, when applied in the first 3 years of life.

31-10-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Weight loss reduces pediatric exercise-induced bronchoconstriction

A study has found that weight loss in overweight and obese children with exercise-induced bronchoconstriction leads to a significant reduction in symptom severity and improved quality of life.

29-10-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Farmyard proximity benefit to respiratory health

Data from the Netherlands indicate that living in close proximity to livestock farms is associated with decreased respiratory morbidity, including asthma, allergic rhinitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

27-10-2013 | Respiratory | Article

COPD–asthma overlap heightens exacerbation risk

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and concomitant asthma have significantly more exacerbations and hospitalizations than patients with COPD alone, research shows.

23-10-2013 | General practice | Article

Pediatric asthma hospitalizations alert to poor disease management

Researchers from Italy say that the majority of hospitalizations for pediatric asthma reflect inadequate disease management rather than disease severity.

22-10-2013 | Respiratory | Article

BCG asthma effects are lost in adolescence

Any beneficial effects of the neonatal Bacillus Calmette–Guérin vaccine on childhood asthma symptoms and outcomes are likely to be transient, disappearing by adolescence, show follow-up findings from the Manchester Community Asthma Study.