Asthma linked to increased risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth
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  October 11, 2017  
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 Asthma linked to increased risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirthAsthma linked to increased risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth
 
Women with asthma suffer more often from preeclampsia (PE) and run a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies. These and other complications during pregnancy and delivery can not be explained by hereditary or environmental factors, according to a study from Karolinska Institutet published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.
 
 
 Study finds no association between BCG vaccine and childhood asthmaStudy finds no association between BCG vaccine and childhood asthma
 
Childhood asthma is a serious public health challenge in Québec and throughout the world. Although the immune mechanisms implicated in the development of childhood asthma are not fully understood, some studies seem to suggest that the BCG vaccine, used in tuberculosis prevention, may have a protective effect on childhood asthma.
 
   Inexpensive soy filters could lead to better air purificationInexpensive soy filters could lead to better air purification
 
Air pollution is a major public health issue worldwide. Filters can help improve the quality of the air we breathe, but they also contribute to landfill when they are finished with and thrown away, as they are often made of plastic.
 
 New body-on-a-chip system holds potential for advanced drug screening
 
New body-on-a-chip system holds potential for advanced drug screeningUsing the same expertise they've employed to build new organs for patients, scientists at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and colleagues have engineered micro hearts, lungs and livers that can potentially be used to test new drugs. By combining the micro-organs in a monitored system, the researchers aim to mimic how the human body responds to medications.
 
 
 Maternal immune activation linked to ASD symptom severity in children with autism
 
Maternal immune activation linked to ASD symptom severity in children with autismThe retrospective cohort study of 220 Australian children, conducted between 2011-2014, indicates that a "an immune-mediated subtype" of autism driven by the body's inflammatory and immunological systems may be pivotal, according to the University of Sydney's Professor Adam Guastella.