Category Archives: Allergies & Asthma

New Hope for Patients with Uncontrolled Asthma

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…

Are there Differences in Asthma Management between Ethnic Groups?

Researchers investigate the differences in asthma management and severity between different ethnic groups in Britain, in order to improve services to all groups. One million children receive treatment for asthma in the United Kingdom. Healthcare practitioners have noticed a difference in asthma management between children of different ethnicities. Children of South Asian heritage were experiencing…

Will Molecular Allergy Diagnostic Tests Replace Skin Prick Tests?

The skin prick test has several flaws, prompting researchers to investigate into alternative molecular allergy diagnostic tests. Skin prick tests involve pricking an extract of a suspected allergen onto the surface of the skin. Redness and swelling at the test site indicate a Type I allergy, which is caused by the antibody IgE. This is…

Frequent Exposure to Fragrance Contact Allergens in Cosmetics

A recent study investigates whether consumers are subjected to frequent exposure to fragrance contact allergens through cosmetic products and if these products are infrequently labelled with the allergens most commonly involved in contact allergies. Fragrance chemicals are primary contributors to the incidence of contact allergies in European adults, with 120 types inducing skin sensitization. Twenty-six…

Asthma Diagnosis Guidelines Found to be Inaccurate

A study examined if the new lung function algorithm, aimed at improving asthma diagnosis in children, should be implemented and recommended. Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases; an estimated 1.1 million children receive asthma treatment in the United Kingdom alone. Clinical asthma diagnosis is typically based on a pattern of signs…

Asthma Exacerbation May Be Reduced with Azithromycin

For individuals with uncontrolled asthma, the risk of asthma attacks or exacerbations is a constant concern. A recent clinical trial reported a significant reduction in the rate of asthma exacerbation in patients treated with azithromycin. It is estimated that over 50 million people around the world suffer from moderate to severe uncontrolled asthma. Chronic airway…

Potential Alternative Treatment for Severe Asthma Sufferers

A chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, asthma affects approximately 315 million people worldwide. With 5 – 10% (≈15 – 31.5 million) of these people suffering from severe asthma, research into treatments for the disease is ongoing. A study recently looked at an alternative treatment to help manage severe asthma in patients relying upon oral…

Consuming Fish Oil May Reduce Asthma Symptoms

A common asthma symptom is an exercise-induced bronchoconstriction – the constriction of the airways. Researchers investigated the potential of fish oil to improve asthma symptoms. Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) is a prominent and common symptom in individuals with asthma. It even affects up to 50% of elite athletes, making it a concern…