The Effect of a High-Fiber Diet on Asthma


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A recent article published by Science Magazine covered a study completed in the University of Lausanne in Switzerland regarding the effect of a high fiber diet on asthma. High fiber diet has already been linked to managing irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease. Researches are now trying to see if it provides any benefit for those suffering from asthma.

The study involved taking two separate groups of mice, one group feeding on a high fiber diet and the other feeding on a low fiber diet. After two weeks, the mice were exposed to an allergenic and their reactions were observed. They found that the mice with a high fiber diet were much less susceptible to a strong reaction. This research could pave the way towards developing a diet catered specifically to asthma and allergy sufferers.

The fiber consumed in fruits and vegetables seems to help quiet the overzealous immune system activity that leads to such conditions as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and possibly even colon cancer. Now it appears that a diet rich in fiber may also fend off asthma, an inflammatory condition that constricts the airways of the lung, by changing the way some immune cells are produced in the bone marrow.

When we eat plentiful fruits and vegetables, the bacteria that occur naturally in our intestines help us digest the fiber. The microbes take “soluble” fiber such as pectin—found in apples, pears, berries, citrus fruits, and onions—and ferment it into specific types of fatty acids that interact with immune cells, helping keep inflammation in check. Whether this anti-inflammatory effect extends beyond the digestive tract is less clear. But the fatty acids in question are able to circulate through the bloodstream, perhaps hooking up with immune cells throughout the body.

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Children’s Medical Center and a New Asthma Initiative

A blog on the Dallas section of BizJournals recently covered a new collaboration between Children’s Medical Center and a non-profit research and development firm called PCCI.

The collaboration includes two major projects which aim to develop predictive modeling and networking technologies to alleviate health concerns in children. The first project deals specifically with chronic asthma. One of the most difficult factor to assess in healthcare is risk. Thus, striving to better understand risk factors in children with chronic asthma could significantly reduce future health problems.

Children’s Medical Center is partnering with nonprofit research and development firm PCCI on two new projects that use predictive modeling and networking technologies to keep children healthier.

The first project focuses on helping children with chronic asthma, which is the third-leading cause of pediatric hospital re-admissions nationally and a significant cause of admissions and re-admissions at Children’s Medical Center.

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“At Least a Quarter of Asthma Cases Misdiagnosed”

Asthma cases have been increasing at a steady rate over the last decade. This year around 25 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease yet a significant number of them are misdiagnosed. Indeed, CBS News covered recent asthma studies showing that 25 to 30 percent of patients with asthma in fact do not have the disease. Most of these misdiagnoses are due to similar symptoms coming from other underlying illnesses such as acid-reflux.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New research indicates a large number of asthma patients have been misdiagnosed.

As CBS 2′s Dr. Max Gomez reported, recent studies show that while 25 million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease, a starling number don’t actually have asthma.

Asthma is a potentially life-threatening disease that can cause wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. But about 25 to 30 percent of patients are misdiagnosed, according to recent studies.

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Breakfast at Glenfield – The Educational Music Video about ACUTE ASTHMA MANAGEMENT

Asthma Treatment Guidelines are essential to successfully treating asthma attacks, yet, at a British hospital, less than half of the doctors and staff utilized them. A third of them weren’t aware that they existed. One of the doctors on staff decided to create an informative music video for the staff.

A survey, taken two months after the video, showed a significant increase in guideline usage (<50% to around 80%) in doctors and staff.

Read the article about the video here.

Watch the video.

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Gamification Corp: The six ways games can help healthcare

The Gamification Corp posted an article describing 6 ways games can help healthcare. Though not always a form of gamification, video games can also help patients in all facets of healthcare. The article includes games that improve dyslexia and communication between pharmaceutical companies and their consumers. The latter can be played here as a beta for European users. If you are in North America you will have to wait until they open it up for the rest of us.

Check out the full article here.

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