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New research could pave way for safe, effective treatment for muscular dystrophy

New research could pave way for safe, effective treatment for muscular dystrophy

New research has shown that the corticosteroid deflazacort is a safe and effective treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The findings, which appear this month in the journal Neurology, could pave the way for first U.S.-approved treatment for the disease. [More]
Asthma related breathing issues may not be barrier to sporting success, study suggests

Asthma related breathing issues may not be barrier to sporting success, study suggests

Many British swimmers and some boxers won medals and achieved personal best performances at the Rio Olympic Games despite asthma related breathing issues. [More]
Researchers reveal potential therapeutic treatment for alphavirus infections

Researchers reveal potential therapeutic treatment for alphavirus infections

Research conducted by Griffith University and Melbourne-based company Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals Limited has uncovered a potential new therapeutic treatment for the global battle against mosquito-borne alphavirus infections, including the debilitating Ross River Virus (RRV) and Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV). [More]
Exposure to air pollution at place of residence could be risk factor for type 2 diabetes

Exposure to air pollution at place of residence could be risk factor for type 2 diabetes

Exposure to air pollution at the place of residence increases the risk of developing insulin resistance as a pre-diabetic state of type 2 diabetes. [More]
Clinical trial to examine effectiveness of diabetes drug to slow or stop progression of Parkinson's

Clinical trial to examine effectiveness of diabetes drug to slow or stop progression of Parkinson's

Type II diabetes and Parkinson's disease may not appear to have much in common but a look below the surface reveals important molecular similarities that provide a potential target for fighting Parkinson's. [More]
Acute COPD exacerbations linked to long-term decline in lung function

Acute COPD exacerbations linked to long-term decline in lung function

Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, are associated with significant long-term lung function loss, according to research published online, ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. [More]
Early life exposure to antibiotics found to increase allergy risk later in life

Early life exposure to antibiotics found to increase allergy risk later in life

An analysis of almost 400,000 people has shown that exposure to antibiotics in early life is linked to an increased risk of developing allergies later in life. [More]
New tool could help reduce antibiotic prescribing to children with cough and RTIs

New tool could help reduce antibiotic prescribing to children with cough and RTIs

Respiratory tract infections (RTI) with cough are the most common reason children are prescribed antibiotics by their doctors, but up to a third of prescriptions may be unnecessary. [More]
New study reveals benefits of home non-invasive ventilation in improving lives of COPD patients

New study reveals benefits of home non-invasive ventilation in improving lives of COPD patients

Today ResMed welcomed positive results from the independent Home Oxygen Therapy- Home Mechanical Ventilation (HOT-HMV) study regarding the benefits of home non-invasive ventilation (NIV). [More]
EarlySense-powered sensor reveals sleep quality scores for 4 European countries

EarlySense-powered sensor reveals sleep quality scores for 4 European countries

EarlySense, the market leader in contact-free continuous monitoring solutions, released today sleep scores gathered from a sample of 900 Europeans using an EarlySense-powered sleep sensor for six months. Data recordings from more than 20,000 nights were analyzed. [More]
Patients with noninfectious uveitis can get effective treatment from corticosteroid alternative

Patients with noninfectious uveitis can get effective treatment from corticosteroid alternative

Patients suffering from noninfectious uveitis, a group of diseases that causes eye inflammation, can get effective treatment from a corticosteroid alternative that has previously been approved for treatment of arthritis and Crohn's disease, according to a study led by a Duke Health researcher. [More]
Telemedicine can be effective in treating kids with asthma who live long distances from hospital

Telemedicine can be effective in treating kids with asthma who live long distances from hospital

Allergists are the best-trained medical specialists to treat asthma, but not everyone lives close to an allergist. Children who live hundreds of miles from the nearest allergist may not be receiving the best and most cost-effective care. [More]
TB lesions may remain in lungs long after completion of treatment

TB lesions may remain in lungs long after completion of treatment

Patients with active tuberculosis of the lungs, the infectious form of the disease known as pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), are typically treated with several medications for a period of six months. [More]
Researchers isolate cord blood factor that helps fight harmful inflammation

Researchers isolate cord blood factor that helps fight harmful inflammation

A factor found in umbilical cord blood could become the basis for developing a new therapy to fight harmful inflammation, University of Utah School of Medicine researchers report. [More]
Oral vitamin D supplement may reduce risk of severe asthma attacks

Oral vitamin D supplement may reduce risk of severe asthma attacks

A new Cochrane Review, published in the Cochrane Library today and presented at the ERS International Congress, has found evidence from randomised trials, that taking an oral vitamin D supplement in addition to standard asthma medication is likely to reduce severe asthma attacks. [More]
Whole brain radiotherapy offers no quality-of-life benefit in lung cancer patients with brain metastases

Whole brain radiotherapy offers no quality-of-life benefit in lung cancer patients with brain metastases

People with the most common type of lung cancer whose disease has spread to the brain could be spared potentially harmful whole brain radiotherapy, according to new research published in The Lancet. [More]
New drug holds potential for treating advanced mastocytosis

New drug holds potential for treating advanced mastocytosis

Most people have never heard of mastocytosis. It's a rare, sometimes deadly, immune disorder. Now new research may help those with advanced mastocytosis and possibly many more people, too. [More]
Philips to highlight connected sleep and respiratory product portfolio at ERS International Congress 2016

Philips to highlight connected sleep and respiratory product portfolio at ERS International Congress 2016

Philips Respironics, a division of Royal Philips, will showcase its portfolio of connected sleep and respiratory solutions at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2016 in London (September 3-7). [More]
School holidays may be linked to increased rates of adult pneumococcal CAP

School holidays may be linked to increased rates of adult pneumococcal CAP

A study presented today (6 September 2016) at this year's European Respiratory Society International Congress in London, UK shows that adults admitted to hospital during school holidays are 38% more likely to have pneumococcal community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) than those admitted during term time. [More]
Early life use of antibiotics linked to higher risk of developing allergies later in life

Early life use of antibiotics linked to higher risk of developing allergies later in life

Research presented today (6 September, 2016) at this year's European Respiratory Society International Congress in London, UK shows that exposure to antibiotics early in life is related to increased risk of developing allergies later in life. [More]
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