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Allergic asthma and the legacy of structural racism on the African American urban communities
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that is characterized by bronchial hyperreactivity (wheezing due to narrowing of the airways) and it disproportionately affects African Americans.
Understanding the relationship between sex hormones and asthma
Dr Erika Kennington, Head of Research and Innovation at Asthma + Lung UK, says that millions of women are drawing the short straw with too little research exploring the effect of female sex hormones on asthma.
Severe asthma attacks risk doubled following COVID-19 restrictions lift
Adults suffering from asthma had approximately doubled risk of a severe asthma attack after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in the UK.
British heatwaves increase severe illness with ‘risk to life’ warnings
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for the British heatwaves occurring in the next week, with temperatures to reach over 35°c in July.
How long does COVID pneumonia last?
Scientists describe COVID pneumonia as "multiple wildfires spreading across a forest" - but how different is the condition from regular pneumonia?
Higher cigarette taxes could prevent 182,000 child deaths, globally
Child death rates could be reduced by higher cigarette taxes - as regions with the lowest tobacco tax also have the worst child health issues.
New projects to explore how air pollution in indoor spaces affects human health
Three new research projects have received a share of £9 million to investigate how air pollution in indoor spaces can affect human health.
Tobacco dependency: Treat it like any other illness
Sarah MacFadyen, Vice Chair of the Taskforce for Lung Health and Head of Policy and External Affairs at Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, says it’s time that tobacco dependency was treated just like any other illness.
Air pollution exposure during pregnancy can cause childhood asthma
A population study of children born in a city in Canada found that air pollution exposure during pregnancy could cause childhood asthma.
Asthma drug shortens COVID-19 recovery time
Budesonide, a drug used to treat asthma, has been found to shorten recovery time in COVID-19 patients who are treated at home.
People with asthma are not a priority group for COVID vaccination
The UK removed people with moderate forms of asthma from the high-priority group for vaccination, which pushes their vaccination date past April.
Government must commit to stronger air pollution targets
Zak Bond, Policy Officer at the British Lung Foundation, explores why the government must commit to stronger air pollution targets to protect our lungs as we recover from COVID-19.
Study suggests that asthma does not increase the severity of COVID-19
According to a team of Rutgers researchers, asthma does not appear to increase the risk or severity for a person contracting COVID-19.
Soluble circulating cytokine receptors in chronic inflammatory lung diseases
Michael Roth discusses soluble circulating cytokine receptors in chronic inflammatory lung diseases, which he describes as the under-estimated regulators of inflammation and remodelling.
What is research bringing to asthma and COPD patients in Europe?
According to Maximilian Kunisch and Giuseppe De Carlo from the European Federation of Allergies and Airways Diseases Patients' Associations, respiratory patients in Europe need to set the research priorities for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Controlling and preventing diseases: A focus on traumatic brain injury
The work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is examined here, with a special focus on traumatic brain injury.
Policymakers must address reality of life with asthma and COPD
Charles Kinney, Communications Manager, EFA, argues that the policymakers have a long way to go addressing the reality of life with asthma and COPD.
Supporting the addition of asthma medications to the exemption list in the UK
Dr Fred A. Wagshul, Pulmonologist and Medical Director at the Lung Center of America explains why he supports the addition of asthma medications to the exemption list in the UK.
Why is respiratory protection so important?
Paul Riddick, Co-Founder and Technical Director at Vodex explores how contaminates being produced on a daily basis in the workplace can damage your health and could even prove fatal.
Napp: Reducing the burden of chronic conditions through partnership
Chronic conditions, such as asthma and diabetes, are creating an increasing burden on the health service.