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Study: Yogurt May Lessen Bowel Disease, Arthritis, Asthma

Study: Yogurt May Lessen Bowel Disease, Arthritis, Asthma

NEWS
A new study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison showed that yogurt can reduce inflammation by improving the integrity of the intestinal lining, thus preventing endotoxins, the pro-inflammatory molecules produced by gut microbes, from crossing into the blood stream. According to the study published in the Journal of Nutrition, inflammation is the body’s first line of defense against illness and injury. However, it could also wreak biological havoc on organs and systems and is associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases. The researchers enrolled 120 premenopausal women, half obese and half non-obese. Half of the participants were assigned to eat 12 ounces of low-fat yogurt every day for nine weeks while a control gr
Asthma, Hay Fever Sufferers 50% More Likely to Develop Cataracts

Asthma, Hay Fever Sufferers 50% More Likely to Develop Cataracts

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Asthma and hay fever suffers are 50 per cent more likely to develop cataracts, new research reveals.Cataracts, which are the clouding of the lens in the eye leading to vision loss, have previously been associated with steroid use. Nasally-inhaled steroids are the recommended first-line treatment for severe, persistent hay fever, while oral versions of the anti-inflammatory medication are the go-to drugs in asthma.It is unclear how steroids cause cataracts, however, this may explain the link between eye clouding in asthma and hay fever sufferers, according to a Korean study. The findings were published in the Journal of Dermatology.How the research was carried out. Researchers from The Catholic University of Korea analysed 14,776 people from the health survey KNHANES-V, which was cond...
15 Million Nigerians Are Suffering From Asthma – Dr. Efosa Erhabor

15 Million Nigerians Are Suffering From Asthma – Dr. Efosa Erhabor

Interviews, NEWS
A day in the month of May every year is set aside in which countries observe the World Asthma Day. It is an annual event organised to improve asthma awareness and care. Dr. Gregory Efosa Erhabor is a Professor of Medicine and Consultant Chest Physician at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; he is also the President & Founder, Asthma and Chest care Foundation in Nigeria, as well as Chairman, National Asthma Committee. In this interview with PharmaTimes Correspondent, GABRIEL IFINNWA, he sheds light on the prevalence of Asthma in Nigeria, and the need to create specialised centres to manage the condition in the country. What exactly is asthma? Asthma is a disease characterised by chronic airway inflammation making it difficult for someone to breathe. Usually respiratory symptoms su
Allergy Awareness: Keeping A Date With Asthma

Allergy Awareness: Keeping A Date With Asthma

Health & Life, NEWS
Every year the world chooses a date in May to celebrate World Asthma Day. This year May 2nd was the day in which the world gave a special focus on this ailment that is caused mainly as a result of allergic reactions. World Asthma Day is an annual event organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. Moving forward, the entire month of May has been dedicated to asthma and allergy awareness all over the world. Experts say you must be on the lookout for the following signs so as to be equipped on what next to do: For instance, if you frequently experience shortness of breath or you hear a whistling or wheezy sound in your chest when you breathe, you may have asthma - a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the ...
Asthma: Expert Wants Drugs Subsidised

Asthma: Expert Wants Drugs Subsidised

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Prof. Gregory Erhabor, Consultant Pulmonologist, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun  has called on government at all levels to subsidise the high cost of drug for the treatment of patients. Erhabor in an Interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday  in Lagos said  more than 10 million Nigerians were suffering from asthma. “Some of these drugs are not affordable and quite a number of them are not available in the country. “We want a situation in which the government will bring the drugs down to the level of common asthmatic patients,’’ He said Erhabor, who is also the Managing Director, Asthma and Chest Care Foundation, Ile-Ife disclosed that 500,000 patients died annually, globally, due to the disease. He noted that  Nigeria had not done much in
Asthma: What you need to know

Asthma: What you need to know

Amazing Health Discoveries, NEWS
If you frequently experience shortness of breath or you hear a whistling or wheezy sound in your chest when you breathe, you may have asthma. What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. Asthma attacks all age groups but often starts in childhood. According to WHO estimates, 235 million people suffer from asthma globally. Although asthma cannot be cured, appropriate management can control the disorder and enable people to enjoy good quality of life. People with a family history of allergies or asthma are more prone to developing asthma. In addition, some children with milder forms of asthma outgrow their symptoms with age. If people with asthma are exposed to a substance to which they are sensitive or a situation that change...