Asthma Inhalers Fail Minority Children Due to a Lack of Diversity in Research

When inhaled, the drug albuterol opens up the airways of the lungs, providing fast-acting relief to the wheezing and shortness of breath that often accompany an asthma attack. It was discovered in 1966 by a team of British researchers, and went on to become an extremely popular medication for the widespread childhood condition. It is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. But it often fails minority children. Read More >>

Thunderstorm Triggers Freak Asthma Outbreak in Australia, Killing Four

Four people are dead and another 1,870 people had to be treated for shortness of breath when a rare condition known as “thunderstorm asthma” struck the Australian city of Melbourne earlier this week. Read More >>

Dog Bacteria Reduces Risk of Asthma in Humans, Says Science

New research suggests that exposure to certain microbes during infancy—particularly, to those from a particular strain of bacteria found in dogs—can alter the intestinal flora of a baby's developing GI tract such that asthmatic symptoms of a common virus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), are undetectable. Read More >>