Can you sniff out your mate? Previous research suggests a women’s mate preference is based on odor. Sounds odd, right? But our sense of smell is regulated by something called major histocompatibility complex (MHC), which are genes that are key to our immune system and our autoimmunity. When it comes to organ donation, it’s important […]

Allergies may be a product of where you’re born and the way in which you were born as well, states a new study out of Maastricht University in the Netherlands. The study showed that kids born in hospitals, and especially those delivered by C-section, were more likely to have certain bacteria in their intestines that […]

Asthma drugs

Asthma drugs could make life much easier for low-income children with breathing problems, but as Reuters reports, many such kids are not prescribed these medications. An alarming study conducted in South Carolina found that of kids who went to the emergency room with an asthma attack, only 18 percent actually received the appropriate asthma drugs […]

Diabetes and asthma for one child can be a lot to handle. Now comes new research that reports that when diabetes and asthma come together, it becomes significantly harder to control blood sugar levels. According to the new study published in the October issue of “Pediatrics,” around 11 percent of diabetic kids also have asthma. […]

Breastfeeding reduces asthma symptoms

Asthma is a lifetime affliction for some, but a dietary behavior that begins in the first days of life could have an impact on preventing it altogether. A new study found that babies who are breastfed in their first months are less likely to develop asthmatic symptoms as they grow up. Only 8 percent of […]

Inhalers that release harmful chlorofluorocarbons into the air are on their way out., reports the NY Daily News. Asthmatics who rely upon epinephrine inhalers will be forced to find a new source of relief by the end of the year when the product is banned for contributing to the depletion of the ozone. Fortunately, most […]

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Hay fever affects more than 20 percent of the population. Many of those suffering prefer to rely on complementary and alternative remedies rather than take medications. One such alternative remedy that is widely used but hasn’t been proven effective in clinical studies is honey. Honey for allergies? It has been hypothesized that regularly eating honey […]

Asthma risk may be increased by being too clean? There is some truth to that notion as rates of asthma and allergies are on the rise for city and suburban kids versus their rural-dwelling counterparts. Nature tells us the diversity is a good thing for many reasons, and two new studies comparing the presence of […]