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  • Particulate matter from modern gasoline engines damages our lungs

    Respiratory / Asthma News From Medical News Today
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Particulate matter from gasoline engines is harmful to our airways, regardless of whether the engines are a bit older or comply with recent EU standards.
  • New strategies, solutions to fight pediatric asthma

    Asthma News -- ScienceDaily
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:12 am
    Low flu vaccination rates, medication compliance and limited access to primary care providers have contributed to the high pediatric asthma rates in California, researchers conclude. This new study details several issues affecting asthma care and offers a number of public policy strategies that could help remedy these shortcomings.
  • Court blocks EPA's air pollution rules for power plants

    Asthma News
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    … pollutants are believed to trigger asthma attacks. The decision "overturns …
  • Learn about asthma controller medicine

    Respiratory Therapy Cave
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    This post was originally published at healthcentral.com/asthma on What Asthma Controller Medicine Works Best for You?There are so many asthma controller medicines on the market that the choices can be overwhelming. A common question I get is: which one is best for me? To answer this, you must first understand the basic components ofChronic: All asthmatics always have some degree of inflammation in their airAcute: When this chronic inflammation is not controlled, exposure to asthma triggers may worsen the inflammation, resulting in increased mucus production and spasming of the air…
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    doTERRA Wellness Advocate
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    http://www.mydoterra.com/debbie123 Need a question answered about something specific to your needs? Please feel free at anytime to contact me and I will get back to you with a essential oil solution that can help. Remember like everything it takes time to start working. When the doctor gives you a prescription of a pharmaceutical drug he tells you it take time and even then sometimes you have to go back because the medicine didn’t work! This is because each and everyone of us has a different genetic characterization. No two people are the same, sometimes you need a different…
 
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  • New strategies, solutions to fight pediatric asthma

    27 Jun 2015 | 5:12 am
    Low flu vaccination rates, medication compliance and limited access to primary care providers have contributed to the high pediatric asthma rates in California, researchers conclude. This new study details several issues affecting asthma care and offers a number of public policy strategies that could help remedy these shortcomings.
  • Children with asthma likely born in area with high air pollution

    27 Jun 2015 | 5:12 am
    Children who develop asthma in Toronto are more likely to have been born in a neighborhood that has a high level of traffic-related air pollution, new research suggests.
  • Targeting nerve endings to curb allergic asthma

    25 Jun 2015 | 10:09 am
    A study supports a surprising alternative approach to controlling asthma: targeting certain sensory nerve endings in the lungs. The researchers show that specialized sensory neurons called nociceptors are not only activated by allergic inflammation, but also exacerbate the allergic immune response. When these neurons are selectively silenced in mouse models of acute and chronic asthma, both inflammation and bronchial twitchiness are reduced.
  • How to predict biphasic allergic reactions in children

    22 Jun 2015 | 4:17 am
    Children are more likely to have a repeat, delayed anaphylactic reaction from the same allergic cause, depending on the severity of the initial reaction, reports the first pediatric study to look at the predictors for this phenomenon.
  • Adenosine in Ambrosia pollen increases allergic response

    17 Jun 2015 | 7:44 am
    Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) -- an otherwise unremarkable plant -- produces pollen that can trigger strong allergic reactions such as asthma even in very small quantities. Scientists have now published a study showing that the substance previously identified as the major allergen only induces such a vigorous allergic response in combination with the adenosine also present in the pollen.
 
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  • Learn about asthma controller medicine

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    This post was originally published at healthcentral.com/asthma on What Asthma Controller Medicine Works Best for You?There are so many asthma controller medicines on the market that the choices can be overwhelming. A common question I get is: which one is best for me? To answer this, you must first understand the basic components ofChronic: All asthmatics always have some degree of inflammation in their airAcute: When this chronic inflammation is not controlled, exposure to asthma triggers may worsen the inflammation, resulting in increased mucus production and spasming of the air…
  • 200 A.D. Galen wonders what causes asthma

    28 Jun 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Galen saw that some of his patients presented with a symptom described by Hippocrates as asthma, and he saw this malady in his own patients.  By placing his ear to their chests he heard their wheezes.  He thus set off on a relentless quest to find the natural cause of asthma and remedies to cure it.He relentlessly questioned and assessed his asthmatic patients. He would have loved to have dissected those who died of the malady, but such an act was forbidden under sentence of death and punishment by the gods.So he cut into apes, pigs and monkeys instead.  He cut open their…
  • 200 A.D. Galen becomes first pathologist

    27 Jun 2015 | 4:09 pm
    This was essentially how Claudius Galen was perceived during the middleages, where his word on medicine was considered as the final word. As a student, and later as a physician, Claudius Galen of Pergamum would study the human body, speculating about what caused a person to be healthy, what caused a person to become sick, and how to cure sickness. He came to conclusions and reported his findings to his fellows through his many writings.It is said by many historians that Galen became an eclectic physician, meaning he incorporated the best ideas of both schools of medicine: Dogmatism,…
  • 120-200 A.D.: Galen becomes world's greatest physician

    26 Jun 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Galen (About 120-200 AD)Claudius Galen of Pergamum was a Greco-Roman physician who lived from about 130-200 AD, or about 500 years after Hippocrates. He was the first physician to search for and discover the answer to the question: "What causes disease?"He would ask questions like:What causes epilepsy?What causes fever?What causes pain?What causes dypsnea?What causes asthma?He wasn't satisfied with the answer: the gods caused and cured diseases. Surely that was true, but he wanted to know specifics, like: Why do bodies form?What causes life?What causes maintains good health?What changes…
  • Myth Buster: Exercise causes weight loss

    23 Jun 2015 | 11:34 pm
    I think I wrote about this before on this blog, that you can't lose weight just by exercising alone. I tried it last winter, and I actually ended up gaining weight.You see ads galore trying to get you to buy one gadget or another to lose weight. They show you a picture of the gadget, and a picture of some guy with six pack abs and say, "This could be you if you buy this product."The truth is, that person never lost weight using that product. If fact, he probably had that six pack long before the product was ever even invented.Truth is, it doesn't matter what product you buy, you will not lose…
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  • Have a question?

    doTERRA Wellness Advocate
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    http://www.mydoterra.com/debbie123 Need a question answered about something specific to your needs? Please feel free at anytime to contact me and I will get back to you with a essential oil solution that can help. Remember like everything it takes time to start working. When the doctor gives you a prescription of a pharmaceutical drug he tells you it take time and even then sometimes you have to go back because the medicine didn’t work! This is because each and everyone of us has a different genetic characterization. No two people are the same, sometimes you need a different…
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    moldsolutions
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:54 am
  • 15 reasons you should be drinking lemon water every morning 

    serenaglow
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s the most refreshing summer drink in my opinion. Fresh lemonade. It hits the spot like no other drink. So when I find out that lemon combats cancer, prevents asthma, lowers risk of stroke, increases iron absorption, boosts the immune system, and even reduces wrinkles because of the high amount of antioxidant vitamin C.. I’m happy.  Like vinegar, lemons taste acidic but are alkaline-forming in the body. This helps restore balance to the body’s pH, neutralizing harmful free radicals. There is also evidence that blood vessels are strengthened by the vitamin P, or…
  • Cat's Claw

    Jorge Tendeiro
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:54 pm
    In herbal medicine today, cat’s claw is employed around the world for many different condition
  • Brazilian Days (172): June 21

    adrianoantoine
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Brazilian Days 172 June 21   Contents: DAY OF: Dia da Mídia, Profissional de Mídia (Media, media pro
 
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  • Bronchitis vs Asthma Symptoms and Treatments

    admin2
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Both Bronchitis and Asthma cause breathing difficulty and are lung diseases in which the lower airways swell, that causes inflammation. While bronchitis can be a short term illness which lasts for several weeks, asthma can be a recurring disease which causes airway narrowing at regular intervals. Even though similarities exist between the two diseases, asthma and bronchitis are two different ailments with distinct treatment strategies. Difference Between Bronchitis and Asthma Bronchitis is caused due to an infection in the airway coating with a cough, which can last for several weeks. Some of…
  • Fragrance Sensitivity and How to Deal with it

    admin2
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:59 pm
    In case you are suffering from sensitivity to any fragrance, just know that you are not alone as large number of people faces the same problem. The fragrance sensitivity can cause various allergic reactions including asthma attacks in some people. It is impossible to always stay away from all types of scents, so it is best to know about how to deal with fragrance sensitivity. Identify the Fragrances you are Sensitive to In order to identify which fragrance you are allergic to, it is best to keep a journal to note down the place and the smell that caused a problem to you. A systematic record…
  • A Comprehensive Knowhow about Lanolin Allergy

    admin2
    24 May 2015 | 11:29 pm
    The waxy or oily substance that is got from the sheep or other similar furry animals (it keeps the wool waterproof) is lanolin and when people having lanolin allergy comes in contact with wool or other products with lanolin they develop symptoms in the form of itchy skin rash. Lanolin is also found in lotions, ointments, make-up, furniture polish, ink, leather and cosmetic products. The Symptoms The predominant symptoms of lanolin allergy are painful skin rash, redness, swelling, and irritable nasal congestion. You may also face respiratory symptoms as well, especially if you have asthma. The…
  • Learn about Cinnamon Allergy Symptoms and Ways to Treat it

    admin2
    12 May 2015 | 11:24 pm
    The spice cinnamon is used in many dishes all over the globe, not only to bring taste and flavour but also to reap its innumerable health benefits. Unfortunately, some people have acute sensitivity to cinnamon; although the intensity of the allergy can vary from mild to severe but the pain and discomfort is truly intolerable in some cases. Cinnamon allergy symptoms are difficult to diagnose because you can get allergies from it even by touching, eating or even getting in slightest contact with it. Adults are more likely to get this allergy than babies. However, if a baby has this allergy the…
  • Top 6 Natural Treatments for Bronchial Asthma

    admin2
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Bronchial asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways which results in periodic attacks of coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and tightness in the chest. The allergies in the case of bronchial asthma are strongly related to chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps and middle ear infections. There are many medical ways to treat bronchial asthma but even simple home remedies can do the cure. The following is a list of the 6 natural or home remedies that can work to reduce the effect of bronchial asthma. 1. Ginger Research has found that ginger can help to reduce the airway inflammation…
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  • Thiazolidinediones may provide a new anti-inflammatory approach to asthma

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Thiazolidinediones are oral diabetes medications that activate peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma and have anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies have found improvements in pulmonary function in asthma patients treated with thiazolidinediones. PPAR-alpha and -gamma pathways. Image source: Wikipedia, GNU Free Documentation License.This cohort study included diabetic Veterans with asthma who were taking oral diabetes medications (2,178 patients were on thiazolidinediones). Thiazolidinediones were associated with reductions in risk of asthma exacerbation (OR = 0.79) and…
  • The microbiome in asthma

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    2 Jun 2015 | 4:10 am
    The concept of a “common mucosal immune system” relies on cross-talk between mucosal compartments. A balance must be struck that maintains homeostasis between the microbiome and the host. This balance is constantly challenged by a number of factors leading to “dysbiosis”(imbalance) in the microbial community, which is found in asthma. The microbiome (airway or gut) may play a role in the development of specific phenotypes such as allergic or nonallergic asthma and treatment-resistant asthma. Studies of oral or aerosol administration of the microbiota for the treatment and prevention…
  • Asthma pathogenesis and new drugs for treatment - BMJ State of the Art Review

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Asthma affects more than 300 million people worldwide. Of these, 10-15% have severe asthma, which is refractory to commonly available drugs. New drugs are needed because those that are currently available cannot control symptoms and exacerbations in all patients and can cause adverse reactions. In the past 10 years, advances in asthma genetics, airway biology, and immune cell signaling have led to the development of small molecule therapeutics and biologic agents. Several new classes of asthma drugs have been evaluated in randomized controlled trials:- ultra long acting beta agonists-…
  • Lung Sound Analysis Predicts Airway Inflammation in Patients with Asymptomatic Asthma

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    The expiratory-inspiratory ratios of sound power in the low-frequency range (E-I LF) from 36 patients with asymptomatic asthma were compared with those of 14 healthy controls (here is the study link).The mean E-I LF was higher in the patients with asthma and with increased sputum eosinophils than in those patients without increased sputum eosinophils (0.45 vs 0.20) or in the healthy controls (0.25). Sputum eosinophil ratio and exhaled nitric oxide were independently correlated with E-I LF. For the prediction of increased sputum eosinophils and increased fractional exhaled nitric oxide levels,…
  • Questionnaire-based tool to recognize small airways dysfunction in asthma (SADT) is in development

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    In this preliminary research from The Netherlands, the authors aimed to develop a small airways dysfunction tool (SADT) to identify asthma patients having small airways dysfunction. SADT was based on interviews and pulmonary function tests.Asthma patients with and without SAD were interviewed (10 interviews, 2 focus groups). Patients were selected to participate in this study based on FEF50% and R5-R20 values from spirometry and impulse oscillometry. Patients with small airways dysfunction reported to wheeze easily, were unable to breathe in deeply, mentioned more symptoms related to…
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  • Survive an attack, register for a marathon

    breathinstephen
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Makes sense to me…… Get really sick, spend time in the hospital, come home exhausted and depressed, and then immediately sign up to do a 26.2 mile foot race. But then again I’m probably not your typical chronic lunger. After finishing my 8th marathon back in 2011, I had basically shrugged off the notion of ever attempting to do another. I mean, what would be the point.. right? I had trained hard and walked my ass off for the past 7 years trying to do what few people with severe lung disease had ever done. I exceeded in that endeavor and have a wall full of shiny medals to…
  • 6 times a day

    breathinstephen
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    I had planned to write a post about my nebulizer treatment routine, but then I thought what the heck… I’ll just video it! The point Im trying to make in the clip, is that the daily nebbing routine for many of us is a lot more time consuming than one would think. Managing asthma, COPD, CF or any severe lung condition can become a full time job.
  • $$$ Asthma is Expensive

    breathinstephen
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
                                                                                     (Click to view the individual charges.) This is a bill for an 8 day hospital stay I had a few months back. In 2014 alone, my hospital and doctor bills for asthma exceeded $800,000. Since 1999 Ive racked up over $12 million dollars in medical bills to keep me going. But it’s not just hospital bills that account for the billions spend on the disease every year, patients with chronic asthma often have secondary conditions or develop complications from the drugs,…
  • Let’s build some Bridges

    breathinstephen
    22 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    As a Respiratory Therapist, Ive worked with the entire age range of asthmatics, from infants to adults, both in the hospital setting and out. As a health advocate, I try my best to educate the public, including health professionals, about asthma and the various aspects of living with a chronic lung disease in general. I’m embarrassed to say though, that I’ve never really given much thought about the prevalence of asthma in our public School systems and how it’s dealt with. This is a major short shortsightedness on my part because school-aged children represent the largest…
  • PFTs Du Jour

    breathinstephen
    1 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    For those interested, here are my latest spirometry results from last weeks SARP follow-up visit at UCSF last week. It’s kind of a bad-good-bad then good-good-bad story. Starting with the not so good news… my initial FEV1 was only 28% (.83 liters) this time. That’s down 4 percentage points from last years visit. The good news, is that my obstructed airways reversed by a whopping 38% after just 4 puffs of Albuterol, raising my FEV1 to 39%. This moved me out of the very severe category into just the severe category…..lol. Not great, but I’ll take it! There was no…
 
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