Identification of new cellular pathway triggering allergic asthma response

January 21st, 2015

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with collaborators in Korea and Scotland, have identified a novel signaling pathway critical to the immune response of cells…

Role of urban living overestimated as asthma risk factor

January 21st, 2015

A new study suggests that demographic factors such as race, ethnicity and income are more significant risk factors for asthma than physical surroundings.

‘Missing heritability’ in asthma not explained by rare mutations

January 20th, 2015

Despite a strong suspected link between genetics and asthma, commonly found genetic mutations account for only a small part of the risk for developing the disease - a problem known as missing…

Leading microbiologist warns of killer fungi’s increasing threat

January 19th, 2015

A leading microbiologist has warned of the increasing threat that killer fungi poses to humans and the environment.

Why risk of emphysema is increased in smokers

January 17th, 2015

Mutations in a gene that helps repair damaged chromosome ends may make smokers — especially female smokers — more susceptible to emphysema, according to results of a new study led by Johns Hopkins…

Diagnosis and treatment of severe asthma are inadequate

January 16th, 2015

Asthma is a common disease. It has increased significantly over the last hundred years and now affects between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 people in Europe.

Boosting the immune system of city dwellers

January 15th, 2015

A new project attempts to find solutions to allergies and other immune defence disorders using methods from medicine and urban design.

More clues to how drug reverses obesity, diabetes, fatty liver disease

January 15th, 2015

Researchers at the University of Michigan have identified how a promising drug in clinical trials for the treatment of obesity and related metabolic disorders improves the metabolism of sugar by…

Doctors find psychological input can help reduce symptoms of severe asthma

January 14th, 2015

Doctors in Southampton have found input from a psychologist can significantly reduce symptoms and hospital admissions among patients with severe asthma. Around 10% of the 5.

Brain protein found to aid influenza recovery

January 14th, 2015

Washington State University Spokane scientists have found a brain protein that boosts the healing power of sleep and speeds an animal’s recovery from the flu.