For years, scientists have known that growing up on a farm protects children from asthma, but the reasons for this weren’t entirely clear. A fascinating comparative analysis of Amish and Hutterite farming communities has finally uncovered the specific aspects of farm life that are responsible for this built-in immune…
New research suggests that exposure to certain microbes during infancy—particularly, to those from a particular strain of bacteria found in dogs—can alter the intestinal flora of a baby's developing GI tract such that asthmatic symptoms of a common virus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), are undetectable.
Animals get a hard rap when it comes to cleaning. They trigger allergies, leave fuzz everywhere, and gleefully destroy furniture. Now it looks like having them around might serve some long term good — especially if you have young children.
By age 18, most Americans have had up to 20 doses of antibiotics. And that might be making us fat.
Though asthma is caused by many things, there are no mistaking the symptoms: your airways are swollen shut, and you can barely breathe. Now a new study of thousands of people reveals how asthma starts. Often, it's with second-hand smoke.
A new article in the medical journal Lancet details the story of an 18-year-old kid who consistently found himself with "difficult and labored breathing" after using Facebook. The problem? He was using Facebook to stalk his ex-girlfriend.
It sounds like the plot of a Troma flick, but yes, your lungs contain taste receptors. When these receptors encounter bitter compounds, they open up your airways — this discovery could radically improve the treatment of lung conditions like asthma.
Asthma affects about 300 million people around the world, but can be difficult to diagnose. That's why scientists designed an electronic nose which can sniff the air exhaled by a patient to determine whether he or she has asthma.
In order to track possible danger zones that trigger asthma attacks, the Deapartment of Health Sciences of the University of Wiconsin-Madison is working on a GPS-enabled inhaler that could potentially help asthmatics everywhere.
Asthma attacks can come out of nowhere, or so it would seem. A new portable system is trying to predict asthma attacks by sampling the air and identifying likely triggers. The 1-lb. device, designed by a team at Georgia Tech, takes samples every two minutes, looking at recorded air temperature and humidity, and…
Instead of having a doctor put one cold-ass stethoscope onto your back, Deep Breeze's Vibration Response Imaging system puts 42 cold-ass stethoscopes onto your back. By using acoustic vibrations, the machine—hooked up to a computer—can produce an image of your lungs in mere seconds. And if you calibrate it juuuust…