What is Asthma?
Asthma is one of the most common
An asthma attack leads to
What is New in Asthma?
A 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.
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.
"Among the Diseases whereby the Region of the breath is wont to be infested, if you regard their tyranny and cruelty, an Asthma (which is sometimes by reason of a peculiar symptom denominated likewise an Orthopnoea) doth not deserve the last place; for there is scarce any thing more sharp and terrible than the fits there of Breathing, whereby we chiefly live, is very much hindered by the assault of this disease, and is in danger, or runs the risk of being quite taken away." -Thomas Willis, 1674
Latest Publications and Research on Asthma
- Recurrent bilateral eyelid and conjunctival granulomatosis in Churg-Strauss syndrome. - Published by PubMed
- Investigation of Approval Trends and Benefits of New Fixed-Dose Combination Drugs in Japan. - Published by PubMed
- Inhibition of antigen-specific immune responses by co-application of an indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO)-encoding vector requires antigen transgene expression focused on dendritic cells. - Published by PubMed
- Rosuvastatin suppresses cytokine production and lung inflammation in asthmatic, hyperlipidemic and asthmatic-hyperlipidemic rat models. - Published by PubMed
- Long-term methylglyoxal intake aggravates murine Th2-mediated airway eosinophil infiltration. - Published by PubMed
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