Posts Tagged ‘asthma’

Covid-19 Live Updates: New York to Expand Vaccine Access to People With Chronic Conditions – The New York Times

February 6, 2021

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/02/05/world/covid-19-coronavirus#new-york-will-allow-people-with-some-chronic-health-conditions-to-be-vaccinated-as-states-seek-to-expand-access

Nasal probiotics – The nose, it seems, is protected by bacterial guards | Science & technology | The Economist

January 16, 2021

https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2020/06/11/the-nose-it-seems-is-protected-by-bacterial-guards
I wonder if eating the lactobacillus in yogurt provides some of this protective effect to the sinuses — from bits of chewed food that get from the mouth to the nose

The Children Never Had Covid. So Why Did They Have Coronavirus Antibodies? – The New York Times

November 19, 2020

Wonder whether the chronic inflammation in asthmatic patients also has similar effects & if this explains why #COVID19 didn’t hit asthmatics quite as hard as was expected.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/10/health/coronavirus-children.html

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After examining blood taken from 190 people before the pandemic emerged, Dr. Elledge and his colleagues concluded that many already had antibodies, including the one targeting the base of the spike — presumably from infections with related coronaviruses that cause colds.

But while adults might get one or two colds a year, Dr. Elledge said, children may get up to a dozen. As a result, many develop floods of coronavirus antibodies that are present almost continuously; they may lessen cold symptoms, or even leave children with colds that are symptomless but still infectious.
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https://twitter.com/MarkGerstein/status/1329640801668829186

Another Coronavirus Health Threat: Too Few Asthma Inhalers | Health News | US News

April 25, 2020

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-03-30/another-coronavirus-health-threat-too-few-asthma-inhalers

Another Coronavirus Health Threat: Too Few Asthma Inhalers | Health News | US News

April 25, 2020

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-03-30/another-coronavirus-health-threat-too-few-asthma-inhalers

Should everyone be taking vitamin D? – BBC Future

April 18, 2020

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There are two main types of D. The first is vitamin D3, which is found in animals including fish and is the kind the skin makes when exposed to sunlight. The second is vitamin D2, which comes from plant-based foods including mushrooms. Studies have found that D3 is more effective, and the conclusions of a 2012 meta-analysis argue that D3 is the preferred choice for supplementation.

When his team analysed raw data from 25 clinical trials involving 11,000 patients from 14 countries, they found a small benefit to taking daily or weekly vitamin D supplements to reduce the risk of respiratory infections, asthma attacks and bronchitis. Although the paper soon attracted robust criticism, Martineau points out that the reduction of risk, while slight, is still significant and comparable to the effects of other health measures: to prevent a single respiratory infection, you’d have to give 33 people vitamin D supplements – compared to, for example, giving a flu vaccination to 40 people to prevent a single case of flu.
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https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20181010-do-vitamin-d-supplements-work

What to Know About Asthma and COVID-19 | CDC

March 30, 2020

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/asthma.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fasthma.html

Predicting asthma attacks in kids

November 24, 2019

https://cen.acs.org/environment/pollution/Predicting-asthma-attacks-kids/97/i32

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The Southern California team is building an informatics platform that integrates commercially available air pollution sensors as well as wearable environmental sensors developed by academic researchers. The project is part of the PRISMS initiative established in 2015 by the US National Institutes of Health. Information from the sensors, along with a person’s geolocation, physical activity, and health data, is wirelessly transmitted to the person’s smart watch and smartphone in real time. Participants use the smartphone to self-report symptoms and information related to daily activities. The informatics platform also uses the individual’s location to integrate weather, traffic, and air-quality data into the data stream.
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Climate change linked to more pollen, allergies, asthma

August 8, 2017

#Climatechange linked to…allergies, #asthma
http://www.USAToday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/30/climate-change-allergies-asthma/2163893/ Pollen up from a longer season; monitoring done w/o pay by volunteers

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“All of these things are likely affecting us,” says the CDC’s Akinbami, but it’s unclear which factors — chemicals, hygiene, pollen — have the most impact or what their relationship is to each other. She says the first two sensitize people and the third triggers their sensitivity.

On the pollen front alone, there are large gaps in the data, says the CDC’s Luber, noting pollen counts are not done on weekends and don’t cover every state. There’s not a single pollen-counting station in Alaska, Hawaii or 16 other U.S. states.

In fact, the 76 U.S. stations (plus one in Puerto Rico) are run by volunteers trained and certified by the National Allergy Bureau, part of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), a private organization that promotes research and treatment.

“There’s no federal funding,” says Linda Ford, an allergist who volunteers to do the count for the Omaha area as a way to help her patients. “There is no automated service for this,” she says, adding it can take as long as two or three hours.”
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Immune Disorders and Autism – NYTimes.com

June 19, 2017

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“For people, a drug that’s safe for use during pregnancy may help. A probiotic, many of which have anti-inflammatory properties, may also be of benefit. Not coincidentally, asthma researchers are arriving at similar conclusions; prevention of the lung disease will begin with the pregnant woman. Dr. Parker has more radical ideas: pre-emptive restoration of “domesticated” parasites in everybody — worms developed solely for the purpose of correcting the wayward, postmodern immune system.

Practically speaking, this seems beyond improbable. And yet, a trial is under way at the Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine testing a medicalized parasite called Trichuris suis in autistic adults.

First used medically to treat inflammatory bowel disease, the whipworm, which is native to pigs, has anecdotally shown benefit in autistic children.

And really, if you spend enough time wading through the science, Dr. Parker’s idea — an ecosystem restoration project, essentially — not only fails to seem outrageous, but also seems inevitable.”
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