Allergies & Asthma

A recent survey studied Americans’ perceptions of healthy weight and heart health as part of an education program for American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one killer in America. About 40% of Americans are obese, but few recognize the relationship between healthy weight and other harmful health conditions. The Cleveland Clinic recently conducted
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Researchers investigated how the risk of breast cancer spread is affected by young women diagnosed in the years following childbirth. According to the National Cancer Institute, 25,000 women below the age of 45 are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the USA. Previous studies showed that in this group of young women, those whose
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In a literature review conducted at Binghamton University in the US, researchers find pain and substance use both worsen and maintain physical suffering and addiction. The ongoing opioid epidemic transpiring in the United States evidently warrants scientific investigation to aid its derailment. Substance abuse as a public health concern only continues to rise as the
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In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigated the genetic variants involved in the fat distribution amongst men and women. Many descriptions of body shapes draw comparisons to fruits; more women are reported to have a pear-shaped body while more men tend to have bodies shaped like an apple. These differences arise from differences
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Collaboration between two research groups led to identifying a species of bacteria that protects against cow’s milk allergy.   Food allergy is an adverse reaction of our body to the ingestion of certain foods. The immune system recognizes food components as a threat and starts a reaction. While definitive proof still lacks, research studies indicated
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It is well known that different types of saturated fats will have varying effects on cholesterol levels. The effects of consuming different saturated fats on the risk of having a heart attack are currently unclear. A recent observational study explored the differences between different saturated fats and the risk of heart attacks. Saturated fats are
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The soda industry has aggressively promoted fitness as the answer to the obesity epidemic. But have they purposefully ignored the effects of drinking soda? A recent study discussed how the influence of the soda industry helped shape the obesity policy in China. As early as 1942, the American Medical Association recommended cutting soda from the
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Groundbreaking research determined whether ambient scents are enough to satisfy cravings for high-calorie, fattening foods. It can be difficult to eat healthily in today’s day, where unhealthy, calorie-dense foods are easily accessible. These foods are also heavily marketed to consumers, preventing nutrient-dense whole foods, like fruits and vegetables, from making their way into shopping carts.
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A recent study investigated a new signaling molecule, interleukin-6, that may play a crucial role in regulating exercise-associated loss in belly fat. Obesity, defined as an excess of body fat, can increase the risk of several medical complications, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Moreover, excessive belly fat can worsen health outcomes, result in low self-esteem,
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Diabetic eye disease can cause blindness, especially if the diagnosis is delayed. Artificial intelligence may play a role in early detection. Millions of people lose their eyesight to diabetic eye disease, out of the roughly 285 million people with diabetes mellitus worldwide. In many cases, delayed diagnosis is a contributing factor to vision loss. This
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Researchers investigated the impact of missing primary care medical appointments on the risk of death in patients with long-term conditions. Several previous studies have looked at the underlying reasons behind patients missing medical appointments. These can be related to patient factors or to the medical practice arrangements. However, less is known about the impact of
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In a recent study published in Science Translational Medicine, scientists from the United States have developed a new smartphone app that could detect opioid overdose by tracking breathing patterns. Opioids such as fentanyl, morphine, and hydromorphone are medications that can help kill pain. Opioids can affect one’s brain, mind, mood, and mental health, and can
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The Journal of the American College of Cardiology published results on the importance of sleep on cardiovascular health. The discussion on the importance of sleep for one’s health and body has been widely discussed and researched. Whether through experience or scientific evidence, there is a global standpoint that sleep is a vital process for both
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Researchers investigated whether mepolizumab is safer and more effective than triple-inhaled treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The aim of developing new targeted treatments such as mepolizumab is to improve health-related quality of life for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung condition which is characterized by increasing breathlessness,
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Asthma is a complex chronic disease with environmental and genetic factors influencing prevalence. A recent study examined epigenetic data from children to determine the importance of epigenetics in childhood asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and swelling of the airways which can lead to wheezing and shortness of breath. In 2009, it
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The impact of swimming in chlorinated water on childhood asthma is controversial. Researchers determine whether the controversy is due to citation bias in the current scientific literature. Childhood asthma is a common chronic disease. Swimming is an accepted way to relieve symptoms, which include shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. However, a study challenging this
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A phase II trial of Tazepelumab – an asthma medication developed by pharmaceutical companies MedImmune and Amgen – yielded exciting results for many patients with uncontrolled asthma. Over 315 million people across the globe are affected by asthma – a long-term inflammatory disease of the lungs. Most cases can be controlled by using glucocorticoids administered
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