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Monthly Archives: August 2020

Long-term exposure to air pollution within EU regulations linked to impaired breathing in children and new cases of asthma in adults

Babies exposed to levels of air pollution within EU standards develop poorer lung function as children and teenagers, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] The study also suggests that some of the risk from … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

Smartphone app can predict asthma deterioration by measuring night-time coughing

Researchers have shown that night-time coughing, measured via a smartphone app, can indicate that asthma is getting worse. The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress [1], is the first of its kind to measure patients’ coughing over … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

Electronic alert reduces excessive prescribing of short-acting asthma relievers

An automatic, electronic alert on general practitioners’ (GPs) computer screens can help to prevent excessive prescribing of short-acting asthma reliever medication, according to research presented at the ‘virtual’ European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] The alert pops up when GPs … Continue reading

Published Monday, August 24th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

Fewer fungi types in the lungs is linked to worse disease in acute respiratory distress syndrome

Many COVID-19 patients develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a life-threatening condition where the lungs cannot provide the body’s vital organs with enough oxygen. Patients with ARDS are usually placed on ventilators to help get enough oxygen into their bodies. … Continue reading

Published Monday, August 24th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

‘Selfies’ could be used to detect heart disease: new research uses artificial intelligence to analyse facial photos

Sending a “selfie” to the doctor could be a cheap and simple way of detecting heart disease, according to the authors of a new study published in the European Heart Journal [1]. The study is the first to show that … Continue reading

Published Friday, August 21st, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cardiology

Study of nose and throat reveals why people with COVID-19 may lose their sense of smell

Researchers studying tissue removed from patients noses during surgery believe they may have discovered the reason why so many people with COVID-19 lose their sense of smell, even when they have no other symptoms. In their experiments they found extremely … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory