One of the silver linings to the fact that asthma has now reached epidemic proportions worldwide is that a lot of money is poured into research on asthma, its causes and its treatments. So, there are always new study reports being released. And as a result, treatment is moving forward at a steady pace. It's my dream that a cure for asthma will eventually be found. But we're not quite there yet.
Still, lots of encouraging work IS being done. So, let's take a look at some of the latest research:
The TRPA1 Protein Could Hold the Key to Preventing Asthma FlareUps
TRPA1 is a substance called an ion channel protein. It has previously been found in mice that TRPA1 controls sensitivity for irritants such as cigarette smoke and certain other chemicals that can trigger asthma. It has been found in airway nerve cells. And it is known to control pain and irritation and trigger coughing and sneezing.
The latest research found that mice who lacked the gene for TRPA1 had ...
Asthma in children is an obstructive respiratory condition characterized by recurring attacks of wheezing , shortness of breath, prolonged expiration, and an irritated cough that is a common, chronic illness in childhood. Although the disease can begin in infancy, it is often difficult to diagnose asthma in young children. Nevertheless, these children require treatment. The lung is the main organ of the respiratory system and its main function is respiration (exchange of gases between the environment and the body). Air enters the nose where it is filtered, warmed and humidified. After passing through the trachea (windpipe), the air travels into the lungs through the bronchi (a system of branching airway tubes that become smaller as they reach deeper into the lung). The smallest of the bronchi, the bronchioles, open into balloon-like sacs called alveoli. An asthma attack occurs when these airways narrow and the muscles around them tightly contract (this is called bronchospasm ). The membra...
If you have asthma, chances are you have exercise induced asthma (EIA). I was actually a bit shocked as I read this post and learned that of the 18 million Americans with asthma, 80-90 percent have EIA.
What I also found stunning was that this article from the New York Times noted half of all cross country skiers, and 17 percent of Olympic-level distance runners, have been diagnosed with EIA. Likewise, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology ( AAAAI.org ), 23 percent of all olympians have EIA.
I have EIA, and chances are you do too if you've ever experienced the following symptoms during or 5-15 minutes after exercise:
Shortness of breath
Chest pain (rarely)
cough (perhaps due to increased mucus production)
When these symptoms occur they can be treated with your rescue inhaler (like Albuterol ) and rest. Although, witih proper diagnosis and treatment, thes...
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