Posts Tagged ‘Asthma’

Fiber rich diet can protect against asthma

Monday, January 27th, 2014

food1_240x240_17jan13A new study has revealed that eating a diet rich in fiber can protect against allergic asthma by triggering changes in the immune system.

Benjamin Marsland from the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland and colleagues found that levels of dietary fiber, found in fruit and vegetables, can influence the balance of microbes in the gut in ways that make the airways more or less prone to the inflammation seen in allergic airway diseases, New Scientist reported.

The researchers, who looked at how the immune and inflammatory responses of mice varied with the fiber in their diet, found that when the mice were exposed to an extract of house dust mites, those fed with less fiber had double the number of a specific type of immune cell associated with asthmatic inflammation in their airways, than those on a standard diet.

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Women more prone to allergies and asthma than men

Friday, November 15th, 2013

A new research has revealed that adult females are at higher risk for allergies, asthma and autoimmune diseases.

Renata Engler, MD, allergist and ACAAI Fell said that more prepubescent males have rhinitis, asthma and food allergy than females. However, roles change. When females enter young adulthood, they outnumber men in these chronic illness categories

Why are women at higher risk for allergy and asthma post puberty? The reasons for gender-differences in disease risk and immune responses are complex and vary with age. IgG immune responses to vaccines are enhanced in women compared to men but IgE levels are actually higher in asthmatic men than in women.

The important message is that in order to improve personalized care of patients, improving understanding and impact of gender diversity on diagnosis, treatment and outcomes is needed. One size fits all is not the best approach.

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Dr.Prabhakar Shetty on asthma and more

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

With a masters in respiratory medicine and specialised training in Inteventional Bronchoscopy, Dr.Prabhakar Shetty deals with complicated bronchoscopy procedures.

His special field of interests includes asthama, sleep medicine, non-Invasive ventilation and airway diseases.

Dr.Shetty answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

sir i have pain in middle chest since last 6 month it arise more whenever i turn ,bent,etc.my age is 27 year,what should do me pls. suggest me thanks.
The pain u r describing seems more muscular so maybe simple analgesics like Paracetamol and avoiding lifting heavy weights will help..get your Vit d3 levels checked and consult a doctor if ur pain still persisits

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Obesity linked to asthma

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Researchers including an Indian have found that genes linked to chronic inflammation in asthma could be more active in obese people.

First author Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University at Buffalo, said that his team findings point the way to the management of asthma in the obese through simple weight reduction.

The research involved two related studies: A comparative study between obese people and people of normal weights; and an experiment that looked at how various biological indicators – including the behavior of asthma-linked genes – changed when morbidly obese patients received gastric bypass surgery.

In the comparative study, the scientists found that four genes associated with chronic inflammation in asthma were more active in obese and morbidly obese people, by more than 100 percent in some cases. The highest activity was found in the morbidly obese.

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Homeopathy treats the man not the disease: Dr.Rahul Joshi

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Dr. Rahul Joshi is an MD in Homeopathic Medicine and Hon.Homeopath to Governor of Maharashtra.He is currently practising at Malabar Hill and Charni Road.

He also anchors programs such as “Yuva Chetana” and “Wassup Mumbai Youth” on DD Sahyadri channel.

He is known to be a successful healer of illnesses like migraine, back pain,skin disorders and kidney stones. He has also started a music clinic to promote good health through music. This has influenced more than 5 lakh people in last 5 years.

Dr.Rahul Joshi answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

HI, my throat infection continued since last three month. Pls suggest best medicine for complete cure.

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Ginger may help alleviate asthma symptoms

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Purified components of ginger may have properties that help asthma patients breathe more easily, a study from researchers at Columbia University have revealed.

Asthma is characterized by bronchoconstriction, a tightening of the bronchial tubes that carry air into and out of the lungs. Bronchodilating medications called beta-agonists are among the most common types of asthma medications and work by relaxing the airway smooth muscle (ASM) tissues.

This study looked at whether specific components of ginger could help enhance the relaxing effects of bronchodilators.

“Asthma has become more prevalent in recent years, but despite an improved understanding of what causes asthma and how it develops, during the past 40 years few new treatment agents have been approved for targeting asthma symptoms,” said lead author Elizabeth Townsend, PhD, post-doctoral research fellow in the Columbia University Department of Anesthesiology.

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Ginger may harbour cure for asthma symptoms

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Purified components of ginger may have properties that help asthma patients breathe more easily, a study from researchers at Columbia University have revealed.

Asthma is characterized by bronchoconstriction, a tightening of the bronchial tubes that carry air into and out of the lungs. Bronchodilating medications called beta-agonists are among the most common types of asthma medications and work by relaxing the airway smooth muscle (ASM) tissues.

This study looked at whether specific components of ginger could help enhance the relaxing effects of bronchodilators.

“Asthma has become more prevalent in recent years, but despite an improved understanding of what causes asthma and how it develops, during the past 40 years few new treatment agents have been approved for targeting asthma symptoms,” said lead author Elizabeth Townsend, PhD, post-doctoral research fellow in the Columbia University Department of Anesthesiology.

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People living close to equator likelier to have allergies, asthma

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Living in locations closest to the equator can put people at increased risk of developing allergy and asthma due to higher UV-B rays exposure, according to a new study.

“UV-B rays exposure is higher for people living in areas closer to the equator. This increase in UV-B may be linked to vitamin D, which is thought to modify the immune system. These modifications can lead to an elevated risk of developing allergy and asthma,” said Vicka Oktaria, MPH, lead study author.

Previous studies have shown that latitude can reflect a variation in airborne allergens due to climate, housing and social and cultural differences. This study is one of the first using the individuals latitude location and UV-B exposure to examine the association with allergy and asthma.

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Why obese people are prone to asthma

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

A study by researchers at Columbia University (USA) reveals that leptin, a hormone that plays a key role in energy metabolism, fertility and bone mass, also regulates the diameter of the airways.

The findings could explain why obese people are prone to asthma and suggest that body weight–associated asthma may be relieved with medications that inhibit signaling through the parasympathetic nervous system, which mediates leptin function.

“Our study started with the clinical observation that both obesity and anorexia can lead to asthma,” said Gerard Karsenty MD, PhD, professor and chair of genetics and development and professor of medicine at CUMC, and lead author of the study. “This led us to suspect that there must be a signal coming from fat cells that somehow affects the lungs —directly or indirectly.” The most likely candidate was leptin, a protein made by fat cells that circulates in the bloodstream and travels to the brain.

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Mindfulness meditation ‘may help relieve chronic inflammation’

Friday, January 18th, 2013

People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma — in which psychological stress plays a major role — may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques, researchers say.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction, originally designed for patients with chronic pain, consists of continuously focusing attention on the breath, bodily sensations and mental content while seated, walking or practicing yoga.

While interest in meditation as a means of reducing stress has grown over the years, there has been little evidence to support benefits specific to mindfulness meditation practice.

This was the first study designed to control for other therapeutic mechanisms, such as supportive social interaction, expert instruction, or learning new skills.

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