August 2006 Briefing - Allergy

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for August 2006. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Daily Moist Cough Most Useful for Determining Cough Cause

THURSDAY, Aug. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have a chronic moist cough provide clinicians with the best clues for diagnosing the cause of the cough, researchers report in the August issue of Thorax.

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Bronchial Hyperresponsiveness Hikes Respiratory Disease Risk

FRIDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- In asymptomatic patients, bronchial hyperresponsiveness is associated with reduced airflow and an increased risk of developing asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the results of a study published in the August issue of Thorax.

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Childhood Allergies More Prevalent Worldwide

FRIDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of childhood allergies has increased worldwide since 1991, especially in children ages 6 to 7, according to a study published in the Aug. 26 issue of The Lancet.

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Clinicians May Under-Diagnose Occupational Asthma

FRIDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- In assessing newly diagnosed adult asthma, clinicians are likely to take incomplete occupational histories, which may result in an under-diagnosis of occupational asthma, according to the results of a study published in the August issue of Chest.

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Hospitalization Varies Among Asthmatic Minority Children

THURSDAY, Aug. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to asthmatic black children, asthmatic Puerto Rican children have more severe disease and higher rates of outpatient clinic visits. But they spend only one-third as many days in the hospital for asthma exacerbations, according to the results of a study published in the August issue of Chest.

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Chronic Coughing Itself Can Cause Airway Inflammation

THURSDAY, Aug. 10 (HealthDay News) -- The airway inflammation associated with chronic cough can be caused by the coughing trauma itself, according to a study published in the August issue of Chest.

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Allergic Rhinitis, Inflammation Linked to Parkinson Disease

THURSDAY, Aug. 10 (HealthDay News) -- A tendency toward inflammation, such as that associated with allergic rhinitis, may also be linked to developing Parkinson disease later in life, according to a report from the Mayo Clinic in the Aug. 8 issue of Neurology.

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Hookworm Infection Combated by Allergic Response

TUESDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- The population density of the hookworm in patients is controlled by an allergic response in the small intestine, which may be a novel biological dynamic, according to a study published in the August issue of Gastroenterology. Hookworm affects nearly 700 million people worldwide.

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Racial Disparities Seen in U.S. Medical Insurance Coverage

TUESDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Among working-age adults in the United States, Hispanics and blacks are more likely than whites to have gaps in their insurance coverage, not receive necessary care and face medical debt, according to a report published Aug. 1 by The Commonwealth Fund.

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Steep Lung Function Decline Seen in Ground Zero Workers

TUESDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- During the first year after the collapse of the World Trade Center, pulmonary function decreased by an equivalent of 12 years of normal aging among Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) rescue workers who were exposed to its dust, according to a study in the August issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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