One third of adults with asthma may be misdiagnosed

You go to your family doctor complaining of difficulty breathing, wheezing, tightness in your chest, and a cough. Your doctor listens to your chest, makes some notes and diagnoses you with asthma. You get some inhalers to control the symptoms and carry on your way. Surprisingly, there was never a test done to determine if…

Indoor smoking ban resulted in fewer emergency department visits for children with asthma

Exposure to certain triggers can cause patients with asthma to suffer exacerbations and become hospitalized with an asthma attack. These stays in hospital can be long and in severe cases can result in visits to the intensive care unit. Triggers of exacerbations include allergens (animal dander, pollen, mold), weather changes, chest infections, influenza, and cigarette smoke…

Viral infection in children can make routine asthma therapies fail

Asthma is a chronic disease affecting 235 million people worldwide and affecting 8.5% of all Canadians. The common symptoms include chest tightness, wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath that can be sudden. Currently asthma is the most common childhood chronic disease, affecting 13% of Canadian children and accounting for 50% of all emergency department visits…

Your circadian rhythm can regulate inflammation

Inflammatory diseases are becoming the scourge of our age just like infectious disease were the scourge of the past. The number of diseases that have a confirmed chronic inflammatory role are numerous and include: asthma, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis, atherosclerosis, and arthritis. Currently our treatments include acetaminophen (Tylenol), corticosteroids, or specific antibody’s to key inflammatory proteins.…

Exposure to urban air pollution weakens kid’s lungs

Your lungs continue to develop well after you are born usually until the age of 3 but maybe even into your late teens. This means that any exposure to harmful compounds (cigarette smoke, pollution, toxic fumes) could likely have profound impacts on the way your lungs grow. Alterations in the way your lungs grow could…