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Study sheds light on how childhood RSV can lead to asthma

Mar. 1, 2018—Infants who have higher amounts of the bacterium Lactobacillus present in their nose or upper part of the throat during an acute respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection are less likely to develop childhood wheezing later in life, a new Vanderbilt-led Center for Asthma Research study found.

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Asthma study may point to potential new therapeutic approach

Jan. 4, 2018—New findings from Vanderbilt suggest that blocking the migration of cells involved in asthma may represent a new approach for treating the respiratory condition.

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Research finds midlife women twice as likely as men to have asthma

Nov. 28, 2017—In childhood, asthma is more common in boys than girls. But around the time of puberty, that picture reverses. By mid-life women are twice as likely as men to have asthma.

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Shining a light on the nervous system to thwart disease

Nov. 16, 2017—Researchers believe they can address problems stemming from heart rate, respiration and digestion by untangling which nerves control which bodily functions and then stimulating them with light.

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Study to track diabetes drug’s ability to also treat asthma

Jan. 19, 2017—Investigators in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine and the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism recently received a $1.25 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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In search of new asthma therapies

Aug. 15, 2016—A peptide molecule relaxes airway smooth muscle and may be a potential therapeutic for asthma that has become resistant to standard therapies.

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Team to study RSV’s role in asthma formation

Jul. 21, 2016—Investigators in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine recently received a $4.5 million Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Center (AADCRC) grant from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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The odds of asthma

Jun. 27, 2016—A number of factors during infancy increase the risk that a child will later develop asthma.

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Immune defenses in asthma

Apr. 5, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers show that a certain factor negatively impacts the first-line responder cells in the lungs, providing one explanation for why patients with asthma are at greater risk for invasive bacterial disease.

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Prenatal folic acid and asthma

Oct. 30, 2015—The timing of folic acid-containing prescription filling during pregnancy was associated with childhood asthma, according to a new Vanderbilt study.

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Skaar receives American Asthma Foundation award

Aug. 6, 2015—Eric Skaar, Ph.D., MPH, the Ernest W. Goodpasture Professor of Pathology, has received a Scholar Award from the American Asthma Foundation (AAF).

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Gene influences allergies in asthma

Nov. 24, 2014—A particular gene is associated with a specific type of inflammatory response in people with asthma – a finding that could suggest new therapeutic targets for treating asthma.

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