COPD patients with allergic phenotype possess increased risk of lower respiratory symptoms.

‘Additional studies of the relationship between allergic disease and COPD are clearly needed.’.. COPD patients with allergic phenotype possess increased risk of lower respiratory symptoms, exacerbations Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who also have allergic disease have higher levels of respiratory symptoms and so are at higher risk for COPD exacerbations, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. ‘Although allergic sensitization and allergen publicity are known to be associated with impairments in lung function, the consequences of allergic disease on respiratory symptoms in COPD patients has only recently been studied,’ said researcher Nadia N. Hansel, MD, MPH, associate professor of medication at the Johns Hopkins Asthma & Allergy Center.Kids in trachoma-endemic communities are much more likely than adults to end up being contaminated. Identifying factors that raise the threat of trachoma in children is therefore vital to the World Health Organization's goal to eradicate trachoma by 2020. ‘Understanding the factors that may increase the risk of serious trachoma in children is paramount to developing effective ways of preventing the eye disease,’ stated the scholarly study;s lead investigator, Sheila West, Ph.D., of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.