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A German scientist named Michael Schemed, discovered a gene that determines the risk of asthma in children, as announced by the European Commission (EC) in a statement. The outcome of the investigation will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which will take place next weekend in Washington.
The finding ORMDL3 gene, on chromosome 17, could evolve the knowledge we have about the disease and lead to implementation of new treatments.
The scientist responsible for the discovery, 33, began working at the University of Munich and now collaborates with Professor Michael Kibosh, allergy specialist genetics in the Medical School of Hanover.
“We have a first test of causal link between the presence of this gene on chromosome seventeen and the development of asthma, a disease that can be treated but not yet curable, “the researcher said in a statement.
Schedule has benefited from a Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Union that promotes research and has been part of the team of 220 researchers who have participated since 2008 in an exchange program between the EU and the U.S
Local estimates indicate that 4 million Argentines suffer from asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. Its main symptoms are wheezing (wheezing), shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. As he indicated to Dr. Hugo Ghiani DocSalud.com, president of the Argentina Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, respiratory disorder “affects the 12 and 15% of children in the country and 4% of adults.”
But for the expert, who also serves as Coordinator Regarding PROBE (Program Bonarense Asthma Children and Youth), Ministry of Health of the Province of Buenos Aires, lack of control of the disease represents a major problem.
It is for this reason that in the context of World Asthma Day three scientific societies in the country – which he heads together with the Association of Respiratory Medicine, Argentina and the Sociedad Argentina de Medicina – add up to a goal set by the international organization Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA): reduce by 50% of hospitalizations for the condition by 2015.
“The admissions usually occur because of an exacerbation, which is a period where the symptoms become more severe. These crises can last from one hour to days. To avoid or reduce them, the patient should be monitored closely to their illness, even if you think you feel good, “said the doctor.
The reason for the lack of controls
“People are little aware of how it affects your asthma,” said Ghiani. That’s why the seriousness of the condition should be determined by the doctor and the sufferer “must always obey the instructions of the professional.”
As explained by the expert, the disease episodes interspersed with periods between attacks bronchospasm, in which the individual has no symptoms. “It then says it is ok, but really needs to be controlled,” he said the expert. Read the rest of this entry »
A selection in several centers in Germany, more than 3,000 newborns, to discuss the prevention of allergy by feeding partially or extensively hydrolyzed formulas for cow’s milk proteins, were followed 54% of them until the age of ten years.
The children who have eczema in the breastfeeding period were more likely to suffer from the syndrome of hyperactivity / inattention (ADHD) at 10 years of age.
Therefore, the existence of eczema in early childhood, along with sleep problems, predicts the emotional and behavioral problems at the age of ten years.
Thus, infant eczema, even if cured or improved in most cases, is a clear risk factor for the occurrence of developmental disorders at other times of life.