Childhood asthma and the effects of smoking on its development

There is a new mathematical model that currently allows us to predict the effects that smoking will have on children who suffer from asthma. This is, without a doubt, important news for the medical community and parents alike, insofar as it enables us to assess to what extent the quality of our children’s respiratory function is guaranteed.

The study, carried out by professionals from Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute and the University of Barcelona, was published in the prestigious Journal of Statistics in Medical Research.

The research conducted in these two centres has made it possible to estimate the possible risk of asthma in children through the analysis of different risk factors, as well as data from other studies that link asthma, the most common chronic disease among children, to certain environmental factors. The relevance of this research lies in the fact that, despite asthma being one of the most studied childhood diseases, the medical community has not had statistical simulations that enabled an accurate forecast of the possible evolution of this pathology in childhood patients in Europe until now. According to the findings of the study, Read more

Is it possible to predict lower back pain?

The answer is yes. Recent research suggests that chronic back pain is linked to certain problems related to brain connectivity and that our own built-in “brain scanner” may determine to what extent we are likely to suffer a lifetime of lower back pain.

A problem that could leave us disabled The figures are very distressing: in the U.S. alone, 100 million people have no other alternative but to live with back pain, made complicated by the fact that it has many possible causes. For example, chronic pain in the lower back may be caused by problems in the bones or ligaments of the spine or may result from conditions occurring in nearby organs such as pancreas or kidneys. The most likely source of pain, however, is the natural wear and tear of our intervertebral discs. This is a process that worsens when our back or Read more

An experimental vaccine may hold the solution for the future of thousands of diabetics

Recent research carried out at the University of Calgary in Alberta (Canada) and published in the journal Immunity has yielded encouraging results, thanks to an experimental vaccine that has been able to reverse type 1 diabetes in a group of laboratory mice.

Perhaps what is most relevant about this research is that, to a great extent, its findings are helping to understand a disease that affects 180 million patients worldwide. In addition to this, a treatment is being anticipated in the near future that may even be applied on humans.

Exploring type 1 diabetes in greater depth Diabetes is a chronic disease that manifests itself through high volumes of glucose in the  blood. Type 1 diabetes may appear (sometimes without warning) at very different ages, although in most cases is usually diagnosed in children, adolescents or young adults. This build-up of sugar in the  bloodstream occurs due to a lack of insulin, the hormone responsible for transporting sugar from the blood to the cells. The beta cells in our pancreas are in charge of producing insulin. The onset of type 1 diabetes may result from little or no production of insulin in these Read more