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Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. Your airways are tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways become sore and swollen. That makes them very sensitive, and they may react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When your airways react, they get narrower and your lungs get less air.

Symptoms of asthma include

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing, especially early in the morning or at night
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath

Not all people who have asthma have these symptoms. Having these symptoms doesn't always mean that you have asthma. Your doctor will diagnose asthma based on lung function tests, your medical history, and a physical exam. You may also have allergy tests.

When your asthma symptoms become worse than usual, it's called an asthma attack. Severe asthma attacks may require emergency care, and they can be fatal.

Asthma is treated with two kinds of medicines: quick-relief medicines to stop asthma symptoms and long-term control medicines to prevent symptoms.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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Study explores potential therapy for severe allergic asthma

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 -- Recently released study findings revealed researchers have discovered a process that could aid the development of an allergic asthma treatment. Results of the CNRS-University of Orleans, France, probe published in Clinical Science outlined the method in which blocking the action … Read More » The post Study explores potential therapy for severe allergic asthma appeared first on Life Science Daily.

Interactive Digital Tool Lungprint Aims To Help Asthma Sufferers Take Control Of Their Symptoms

Monday, October 16, 2017 -- Interview with: Frank Trudo, MD, MBA Brand Medical Lead US Respiratory AstraZeneca Would you tell us about Lungprint?  How will Lungprint help asthma patients take better control of their disease? Response: Lungprint is an interactive digital tool that … Continue reading →

Can an Asthma Drug Help Treat Parkinson’s Disease?

Monday, October 16, 2017 -- A recent study investigates the ability of an asthma drug to reduce levels of α-synuclein, a protein believed to contribute to the development of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease (PD) – a progressive nervous disorder characterized by shaking, motor impairments, and muscle pain – results from the breakdown and eventual death of brain cells in structures […] The post Can an Asthma Drug Help Treat Parkinson’s Disease? appeared first on Medical News Bulletin.

Do Trees Really Reduce Asthma-Inducing Pollutants?

Saturday, October 14, 2017 -- Urban Ecologists discovered that greenbelts may not be effective at combating asthma-inducing pollutants near roadways – in fact, they may make the situation worse. Air pollution is a global problem that involves all countries and has the potential of negatively affecting the lives of everyone on earth. One of the major causes of air pollution […] The post Do Trees Really Reduce Asthma-Inducing Pollutants? appeared first on Medical News Bulletin.

[Comment] Severe asthma: looking beyond the amount of medication

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 -- In 20081 we proposed the concept of problematic severe asthma as an umbrella term for children referred to a specialist service who are not responding to high-dose asthma medications.2 Problematic severe asthma comprised non-asthma-related conditions (ie, wrong diagnosis) and asthma-plus comorbidities (eg, obesity, rhinosinusitis, food allergies, and dysfunctional breathing; excluding gastro-oesophageal reflux).3 After confirming the diagnosis, all children with problematic severe asthma referred to our severe asthma clinic undergo a detailed nurse-led assessment,4 which considers airway disease in the context of comorbidities, and social and environmental factors,5 before even considering assessment of airway pathology using bronchoscopy.

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User gender
21 out of 27 users are male.
Survey Participants: 27
User age
The most common user is 21-30 years old.
< 216
Survey Participants: 29
User reported disease
Users most commonly suffer from Asthma.
Back pain2
Chronic pain (e.g., arthritis, migraine, fibromyalgia, neuropathy)1
Hepatitis B1
COPD, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema1
Breast cancer1
Survey Participants: 25
User exercise frequency
Users most commonly exercise once a week.
Once a week15
Twice a week5
Five times a week1
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User smoking habit
32 out of 37 users do not smoke.
Do not smoke32
Survey Participants: 37
User alcohol consumption frequency
Users most commonly reported never consuming alcohol
One drink a day0
Two drinks a day2
More than two drinks a day0
Once a week0
Twice a week2
Once a month4
Survey Participants: 25
User body weight
6 out of 25 users report being overweight.
Not overweight19
Survey Participants: 25
User well-being
13 out of 26 users report having significant pain in the last 3 months.
Significant pain in the last 3 months13
No significant pain in the last 3 months13
Survey Participants: 26
User profession
The most common user profession is Other.
Family business1
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