Resources and information that can help patients to navigate the tough road of asthma
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  April 25, 2017  
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 Resources and information that can help patients to navigate the tough road of asthmaResources and information that can help patients to navigate the tough road of asthma
 
If you suffer from asthma, you may think you're "on your own" when it comes to figuring out how to control symptoms and triggers. You might not realize there are resources and information available to help you navigate the tough road of asthma.
 
 
 Lung experts develop new smartphone app for self-management of asthmaLung experts develop new smartphone app for self-management of asthma
 
A new and unique smartphone app to help people with asthma manage their condition has been developed by lung experts at the Nottingham Respiratory Research Unit and the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.
 
 

 
   Discrimination linked to greater probability of asthma in African American and Latino childrenDiscrimination linked to greater probability of asthma in African American and Latino children
 
Asthma is a debilitating, yet common childhood ailment. It is estimated that one in ten children in the United States suffer from asthma, but the condition disproportionately affects African American and Latino children.
 
   Use of inhaled steroids linked to increased pneumonia risk in asthma patientsUse of inhaled steroids linked to increased pneumonia risk in asthma patients
 
Use of inhaled corticosteroids was linked with an increased risk of pneumonia in a study of individuals with asthma.
 
   UGA researchers explore new ways of predicting thunderstorm asthma outbreaksUGA researchers explore new ways of predicting thunderstorm asthma outbreaks
 
As allergy sufferers can attest, thunderstorm activity can exacerbate asthma and respiratory ailments. In fall 2016, when strong storms moved across southeastern Australia, a major thunderstorm asthma epidemic struck Melbourne and the surrounding area. High grass pollen concentrations dispersed by strong, gusty winds led to multiple deaths and a flood of residents seeking medical attention for respiratory problems.
 
 Researchers to test effectiveness of wristwatch-like devices for detecting sleep apnea in TBI patients
 
Researchers to test effectiveness of wristwatch-like devices for detecting sleep apnea in TBI patientsResearchers from the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute will participate in a national study to determine whether medical devices used in the home can diagnose sleep apnea that often develops after traumatic brain injuries.
 
 
 Drug shows early promise in treating patients with small-cell lung cancer
 
Drug shows early promise in treating patients with small-cell lung cancerAn early round of clinical testing shows that users of Opdivo, a drug sanctioned for treatment of small-cell lung cancer, more than tripled their five-year survival rate beyond the statistical average.
 
 
 AATS releases new Consensus Statement for better management of empyema
 
AATS releases new Consensus Statement for better management of empyemaTo better manage empyema in the face of rising demand for treatment, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Guidelines Committee called for the formation of the Empyema Management Guidelines Working Group.
 
 
 Researchers discover molecular compound that targets nucleus of allergen-sensitized cells
 
Researchers discover molecular compound that targets nucleus of allergen-sensitized cellsTranscription factors, the tiny proteins that switch genes on or off in the nucleus of cells, are considered unreachable molecular targets for drugs attempting to treat medical conditions.
 
 
 Snoring Grades
 
Snoring GradesSnoring is the sound that is made by the vibration of breathed-in air passing through narrowed airway passages during sleep, producing nasal or guttural sounds. It may be simple or complicated by obstructive sleep apnea.
 
 
 Types and Causes of Snoring
 
Types and Causes of SnoringSnoring refers to the snorting or rattling noise made by an individual during breathing associated with sleep. It is produced by the vibration of the soft palate and other soft tissues in the mouth, nose or throat.
 
 
 Research findings could lead to new approaches for preventing infections after stroke
 
Research findings could lead to new approaches for preventing infections after strokeHaving a stroke damages immune cells as well as affecting the brain, research has found. The findings help explain why patients have a greater risk of catching life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia, after having a stroke.
 
 
 New blood test can accurately, quickly identify genetic mutations linked to NSCLC
 
New blood test can accurately, quickly identify genetic mutations linked to NSCLCIdentification of a specific genetic mutation in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) helps clinicians select the best treatment option. Potential NSCLC patients usually undergo invasive tissue biopsy, which may often be unnecessary and delays treatment.
 
 
 New report suggests innovative approaches for better response to chemical inhalation disasters
 
New report suggests innovative approaches for better response to chemical inhalation disastersBetter medical responses to the accidental or intentional release of inhaled toxic chemicals are being developed, but the field faces considerable challenges, according to a new report by an international panel of experts.
 
 
 Causes of Nocturnal Awakenings
 
Causes of Nocturnal AwakeningsInsomnia is a very common sleep disorder, and presents in various types. However, sleep maintenance insomnia (SMI) is the most frequent complaint. Both the cause of awakening and the difficulty in returning to sleep are important in precipitating episodes of nocturnal sleep disturbances
 
 
 Penn State researchers develop nanoprobes to rapidly isolate rare cancer markers
 
Penn State researchers develop nanoprobes to rapidly isolate rare cancer markersA nanoscale product of human cells that was once considered junk is now known to play an important role in intercellular communication and in many disease processes, including cancer metastasis.
 
 
 Surgical Solutions to Snoring
 
Surgical Solutions to SnoringSnoring is a worldwide phenomenon, and there are several surgical and non-surgical techniques employed to treat it. Surgical treatments are usually preferred if snoring is adversely affecting the health and quality of life, or if the snoring is not adequately relieved by other modes of treatment.
 
 
 Treating snoring
 
Treating snoringSnoring is a common phenomenon, but some snorers may require medical treatment. The indications for this may include daytime fatigue, lapses into sleep during the day, and impairment of normal activity.
 
 
 Guide to Anti-Snoring Devices
 
Guide to Anti-Snoring DevicesSnoring causes distress and lack of sleep for both the snorer and anyone who shares the same room. In addition, it has been linked to many metabolic disorders, including cardiovascular disease.
 
 
 AATS guidelines offer clear recommendations for treating ischemic mitral regurgitation
 
AATS guidelines offer clear recommendations for treating ischemic mitral regurgitationMitral regurgitation can occur in up to 50% of patients with ischemic heart disease and even mild ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) has been linked to increased long-term mortality.
 
 
 Air pollution may directly affect biology of upper airways to cause chronic sinus problems
 
Air pollution may directly affect biology of upper airways to cause chronic sinus problemsAlthough human population studies have linked air pollution to chronic inflammation of nasal and sinus tissues, direct biological and molecular evidence for cause and effect has been scant.
 
 
 Novel test can rapidly diagnose flu in patients with severe respiratory illnesses
 
Novel test can rapidly diagnose flu in patients with severe respiratory illnessesDoctors and researchers in Southampton have developed a novel way of using a swab test which can rapidly diagnose flu and other viral infections in patients with severe respiratory conditions – resulting in shorter courses of antibiotics and less time in hospital.
 
 
 New test can quickly and accurately diagnose dangerous colistin-resistant bacteria
 
New test can quickly and accurately diagnose dangerous colistin-resistant bacteriaNew research suggests it is possible to quickly and accurately diagnose some the most dangerous and drug-resistant types of bacterial infections, using equipment already owned by most hospitals.
 
 
 AATS consensus statement offers guidance on surgical ablation for treatment of atrial fibrillation
 
AATS consensus statement offers guidance on surgical ablation for treatment of atrial fibrillationAtrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that can cause an increased risk of stroke, affects approximately 2.2 million Americans each year. According to projections, that number is set to double in the next 25 years.
 
 
 Prevention, not cure, may be key to stopping Alzheimer’s disease
 
Prevention, not cure, may be key to stopping Alzheimer’s diseaseIt has been 111 years since Auguste D. became the first person described with what is now called Alzheimer's disease.
 
 
 DNA methods can help identify microbial hot spots in buildings
 
DNA methods can help identify microbial hot spots in buildingsUsually associated with humid and sordid slums, mold is a frequent finding in wealthy homes too. Even the fanciest buildings may harbor hot spots where fungi and other microorganisms subtly proliferate, triggering problems that range from unpleasant smells to severe sickness.