Viral infections in newborns "cripple" part of the immune system and increase the risk of asthma later in life, US researchers studying mice have said.
They showed infections by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) stripped immune cells of their ability to calm down inflammation in the lung's airways.
They say their findings, published in the journal Nature Medicine, will help develop ways of preventing asthma.
The charity Asthma UK said the study had "really exciting" potential.When something irritates the airways of a patient with asthma, the airways become tightened, inflamed and produce too much sticky mucus. All of this can make breathing difficult. Read More
Judge wants Hospital Staff Punished for Burning Newborn's Toes
TABUK A judge has asked the authorities to catch those responsible for burning the toes of his newborn baby boy.
Sheikh Ali Bin Muhammad Al-Sawee, who works at a Tabuk court, said his wife gave birth at the Maternity and Children's Hospital in Tabuk.He said the baby remained in intensive care for 12 days because two days after the birth his left foot was covered with gauze. Read More
The New Test That Determines Your Risk of a Deadly Allergic Reaction
A new test to indicate which people are most at risk from life-threatening allergic reactions has been developed by British scientists.
The procedure measures levels of an enzyme in the blood which is involved in allergic reactions that can cause potentially fatal anaphylactic shock.
Medics hope the test could become the definitive, gold standard test for the diagnosis of severe allergic reactions across the world.One in three Britons suffers from an allergy and the number of cases is rising by five per cent every year. Read More