Tweeting the way to better asthma control

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The UK has one of the highest rates of asthma in Europe, with 5.4 million people (1 in 11 children and 1 in 12 adults) affected. As many as 3 people die every day due to asthma, yet approximately 90% of asthma deaths are preventable[i]. With this past 2nd marking World Asthma Day, we look at how the social media giant Twitter is making a difference for asthma sufferers.

An incurable condition, vulnerable to environmental triggers Asthma is a chronic condition that cases narrowing, irritation and inflammation of the lung’s airways in the presence of certain triggers, such as allergens or pollution. This creates symptoms such as of wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing. The chances are that most of us know someone who has asthma, or we might well suffer from it ourselves. Indeed, in the developed world, "occupational asthma" is the most commonly occurring work-related lung condition, responsible for causing or exacerbating at least 9% of adult asthma cases.[ii] For the 18th annual World Asthma Day, the Global Initiative for Read more

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

May 7: We can not run out of breath in the face of asthma

According to data from the World Health Organization, asthma is a disease that affects more than 200 million people worldwide. It is a chronic disease caused by the inflammation of the airways and characterised by episodes of shortness of breath (dyspnoea) and wheezing (the “whistling” of asthmatics). It also happens to be the most common chronic disease in young children.

If on top of this, there is a risk of death in some cases, the answer should be clear: health authorities and professionals can not take a breather. We must continue working to find new treatments. May 7, World Asthma Day, is a particularly important day, when an effort of collective awareness needs to be made.

Asthma and food Food is one of the factors that have an impact on the health of asthmatics. Thus, it doesn´t come as a surprise that the Spanish Society of Paediatric Pneumology (SENP), has recently confirmed that the intake of fresh food, rich in antioxidants, helps prevent childhood obesity and reduce the prevalence of asthma. The association between asthma and obesity has been shown through various studies, in which weight loss of asthmatic patients has significantly improved the symptoms of respiratory disease. How do I know if I have allergic asthma? There are 2 types of asthma: • Allergic asthma • Asthma which has no origin Read more