Measles infection in early childhood could contribute to later COPD

March 21, 2018 In a new Respirology study, having measles—a highly contagious respiratory infection—during early childhood was linked with an increased risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in middle age, but only in adults with asthma and a considerable history of smoking. While additional research is needed to confirm the findings, scientists speculate that […]

Leicester research could help identify people with asthma of different severities

March 15, 2018 Research can help to identify people with mild asthma from those with moderate or severe asthma A team of researchers from the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre – a partnership between Leicester’s Hospitals, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University – has identified biological variations in lung tissue samples that for the […]

Asthma APGAR tools effective for asthma management in primary care practices

March 14, 2018 A set of comprehensive asthma management tools helps decrease asthma-related visits to the emergency department, urgent care or hospital and improves patients’ asthma control. The Asthma APGAR tools, including an asthma control assessment completed by patients and linked to an asthma management algorithm, were tested in a randomized controlled study of 18 […]

An Itch You Can’t Scratch: Researchers Find “Itch Receptors” in the Throats of Mice

Animal study reveals a skin itch receptor contributes to airway constriction The researchers were inspired to study “itchiness” in the airway by asthma patients who reported the sensation in their lungs just prior to full-blown asthma symptoms such as wheezing. Credit: iStock Working with mice, Johns Hopkins researchers report they have found previously known skin […]