Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for May 2012. 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.
Individual Variation in Antiviral Response Present at Birth
FRIDAY, May 25 (HealthDay News) -- Congenital variations in innate immunity, which are detectable at birth, might predict an infant's susceptibility to acute respiratory tract illness during the first year of life, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Allergens Higher in Ragweed Pollen Near Busy Roads
THURSDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) -- Roadside ragweed pollen exposed to pollution from heavy automobile traffic is more allergenic than pollen from similar plants found near less-traveled roads or in vegetated areas, according to a study published online May 14 in Allergy.
Outcomes Good for Status Asthmaticus Patients in ICU
WEDNESDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) -- Although the majority of patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with status asthmaticus (SA) require mechanical ventilation, the rates of mortality and complications are very low, according to a study published in the March issue of Respiratory Medicine.
Small Benefit of Inhaled Corticosteroids for Sinusitis
TUESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with acute sinusitis, inhaled corticosteroids provide a small benefit over placebo but only after several weeks, according to a study published in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
Mechanism ID'd for Benefit of Stem Cells in Autoimmunity
WEDNESDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) activate a mechanism involving coupling of FAS/FAS ligand to induce T cell apoptosis and immune tolerance, according to an experimental study published online April 26 in Cell Stem Cell.
Asthma Has Adverse Effect on Physical Health in Elderly
WEDNESDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with asthma have decreased lung function, increased rates of allergic sensitization, and worse quality of life than healthy controls, according to a study published in the May issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Methodological Heterogeneity Seen in Clinical Trials
TUESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Clinical studies registered with ClinicalTrials.gov from 2007 and 2010 are predominately small, single-center trials and contain significant heterogeneity in methodology, according to a study published in the May 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Food Allergy Risk Up for Children Born in the Fall
TUESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Children born in the fall have an increased risk of food allergy, with a significantly increased risk seen only for Caucasians and those with eczema, according to a study published online April 19 in Allergy.
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