Allergy and Immunology News of the Day

Health News of the Day is a daily summary made from the selected links I post on Twitter. It is in a bullet points format with links to the original sources which include 350 RSS feeds that produce about 2,500 items per day.

  • Optimistic drug presentation increase placebo effect for patient-reported outcomes (symptoms) but not lung function. Headaches were more common in participants provided messages that mentioned headache as a montelukast side effect

  • Inadequate health literacy is associated with increased asthma morbidity

  • In older people with obstructive airway disease, 50% have overlapping diagnoses of asthma and COPD (overlap syndrome). Overlap syndrome - coexistence of increased variability of airflow with incompletely reversible airway obstruction.

  • Traffic-related air pollution correlates with adult-onset asthma among never-smokers -- Chronic exposure to outdoor air pollution is associated with modestly reduced FEV1 in adults.

  • Rhinovirus and respiratory syncytial virus may play a role in the initiation of asthma

  • Sequential IgE-binding epitopes as biomarkers for characterizing various phenotypes of food allergy

  • Th2 cells express CCR4 chemokine receptor, increased production of CCR4 ligands by CD11c dendritic cells in asthma. CCR4 blockade inhibits the salient features of asthma, CCR4 antagonists may be useful as future therapy

Medical news tweets are not research articles - they are 140-character messages - please always go to the original source/links, etc. The inclusion of a Twitter update (tweet) does not represent endorsement or agreement of any kind. Tweets and links do not represent endorsement, approval or support.

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