What is Asthma?
An asthma attack leads to lung infection, tiredness and cough and it is not surprising that asthma is a leading medical cause of absenteeism of children from school and adults from work. The attack can be seasonal when the pollen count is high in the atmosphere. An attack of asthma leads to breathing difficulties and the attack can be acute when it lasts for a short period or chronic when it lasts for days. The attack can also be mild or severe and a life threatening one.
What is New in Asthma?
1. Human Protein can Identify Allergens that Trigger Asthma AttacksA protein that acts as a sensor for detecting various allergens in the respiratory tract that are responsible for asthma attacks has been identified. Interleukin-33 (IL-33) is a human protein that can detect 14 different allergens associated with asthma. Read More..
The conservative estimates are that about 300 million people are suffering from the condition worldwide. In India, there are approx.40 million who have the disease and the number is rising everyday. In recent decade there has been a global increase in the burden of the disease among both children and adults. This maybe due to westernization of lifestyles and increasing atmospheric pollution. By 2025 there are likely to be 400 million asthma sufferers worldwide. The more worrying aspect of the disease is that it accounts for about 1 in every 250 deaths worldwide and 90% of these deaths are preventable. Most deaths are due to delay in seeking help and sub-optimal long-term treatment strategies due to the lack of education and awareness about the disease.
-Thomas Willis, 1674
Latest Publications and Research on AsthmaMoisturizers vs. Barrier Repair in the Management of Atopic Dermatitis. - Published by PubMed
Moisturizers vs. Barrier Repair in the Management of Atopic Dermatitis. - Published by PubMed
Resolution of Eosinophilia and Elevated Immunoglobulin E with Ibrutinib for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. - Published by PubMed
Unnecessary food allergy testing by primary care providers: ethical implications for the specialist. - Published by PubMed
STING positively regulates human ORMDL3 expression through TBK1-IRF3-STAT6 complex mediation. - Published by PubMed