Seaweed a new weapon against asthma

Seaweed a new weapon against asthma

Almost 26 million Americans – and 235 million people worldwide! – have asthma. And I’m one of them. A recent study showed that asthma in the US is not well controlled. This is due to several factors, not the least of is the onerousness of treatment. It’s a lifetime battle to control, and we often […]

The nose and lungs are a team, not a single player

The nose and lungs are a team, not a single player

It’s pretty much conventional wisdom that the entire respiratory tract – from nose to bronchioles – acts essentially as a single unit. New research in China suggests otherwise. Researchers developed a novel way to introduce allergens in the trachea of mice – at a point well past the nose, so that the nasal passages were […]

Sheep help in search for new asthma rescue agent

Sheep help in search for new asthma rescue agent

Anyone who has had an asthma attack – or watched your child have one – knows how frightening it can be. A rescue inhaler can, quite literally, be a life saver. β2-agonists are the most common agents in rescue inhalers, but they can lose their efficacy the more a patient uses them. Of course, this […]

Are you allergic to dust mites? A vaccine may be near!

Are you allergic to dust mites? A vaccine may be near!

Dust mites are everywhere. They love the places we love to be – cushy, comfy sleeping spots. And, there can be as many as several hundred to thousands of dust mites per gram of dust! While dust mites don’t bite and don’t spread disease, they can wreak havoc as an allergen – especially people with asthma. According […]