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
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A woman's menstrual cycle affects the severity of respiratory symptoms, potentially worsening conditions such as asthma, a study suggests.
Norwegian researchers studied almost 4,000 women, and found worse symptoms around ovulation.
Writing in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, they said it may be possible to adapt women's medication.
Asthma UK said it could help women with asthma manage their condition better.
All the women studied had regular menstrual cycles lasting 28 days or less, and none were taking hormonal contraceptives.Read More
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Children born after fertility treatments, such as IVF, may have a slightly higher chance of developing asthma, research suggests.
In a study of more than 13,000 UK children, five-years-olds were about twice as likely to have asthma if they were not conceived naturally.
The children were also more likely to need medication, which could be an indication of more severe asthma.
The findings were published in the journal Human Reproduction.Read More