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New asthma research breaks the mold (lung mould)
University of Leicester ^ | December 14, 2010 | Unknown

Posted on 12/14/2010 7:07:47 AM PST by decimon

Study finds cause of allergic reaction could be growing in your lungs

Scientists investigating the allergic reactions that asthmatics suffer towards a common mould have discovered that many people with asthma actually had the mould growing in their own lungs.

The research led by University of Leicester scientists at Glenfield Hospital has been published in the December 2010 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

The team based in the Institute for Lung Health at the University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital examined the impact on asthmatics of a common environmental mould, Aspergillus fumigates, usually found in soil and compost heaps.

Professor Andy Wardlaw from the University of Leicester said: "Asthma is a very common condition where the breathing tubes (bronchi) can go into spasm making it difficult to breathe. Around a fifth of adults with severe asthma, which they have had for a long time, get permanent (fixed) narrowing of their bronchi. It is known that A. fumigatus can grow in the lungs of some people with asthma and mould allergy, which can cause severe lung damage.

"This problem is thought to only affect a very small number of people with asthma; however, about half of people with severe asthma have evidence of allergy to moulds like A. fumigatus."

Researchers in the Institute for Lung Health at the University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, carried out a study funded by the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association (MAARA, a Midlands based charity funding research into asthma and allergy research. www.maara.org) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to determine whether the problem of A. fumigatus growing in the lungs is more common than previously thought, and whether this could explain the fixed narrowing of the airways that occurs in some people with asthma.

Professor Wardlaw added: "Our study showed that 6 out of 10 people with asthma who were allergic to A. fumigatus grew the mould from their sputum. We also found that if you were allergic to A. fumigatus you had more narrowing of the airways than if you were not allergic, and this was worse in patients from whom A. fumigatus was grown.

"Our research concluded that it is possible that fixed narrowing of breathing tubes in many people with asthma could be caused by A. fumigatus growing in their lungs.

"Treating individuals from whom A. fumigatus is detected with antibiotics against the mould may prevent fixed narrowing of the airways. "

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NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact: Professor Andy Wardlaw, Tel: 0116 256 3841 (Secretary, Gail Fretter)


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: aspergillus; asthma; lungmold
If you'm a got this mold...
1 posted on 12/14/2010 7:07:54 AM PST by decimon
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To: neverdem; DvdMom; grey_whiskers; Ladysmith; Roos_Girl

Ping


2 posted on 12/14/2010 7:08:23 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

There’s some in my fridge....


3 posted on 12/14/2010 7:10:52 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: decimon

When I first started having lung problems, that was one of the first tests they conducted. Probably the worst, too. Lung washing. Just sounds ewww, doesn’t it?


4 posted on 12/14/2010 7:57:27 AM PST by republicangel
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To: republicangel
Lung washing. Just sounds ewww, doesn’t it?

Sounds worse than ewww.

5 posted on 12/14/2010 8:02:49 AM PST by decimon
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To: republicangel

what is lung washing ands how do they do it? It sounds refreshing


6 posted on 12/14/2010 8:05:20 AM PST by Mr. K ('Profiling' is much worse than grabbing your balls)
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To: republicangel

I have developed a problem with wheezing. It starts around 7 pm and goes until around 9 am. There is none during the day. Doesn’t matter if I am horizontal or vertical or where I am. It is like clockwork. It has the doctors completely stumped. It is like the wheezing (which is extremely loud) is on a timer.


7 posted on 12/14/2010 8:06:03 AM PST by Pure Country (“I’ve noticed that every person that is for abortion has already been born.” -Ronald Reagan)
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To: Mr. K
They put you in a twilight sleep. Not quite completely out, but you don't really mind what they are doing. You can follow directions like cough on command. They put liquid in your lung and then suck it out and analyze the junk that comes out. I felt like I had been hit by a bus for about a week after. The doctor told me later that is because it is almost like giving you pneumonia on purpose.

The only good thing to come from it was they ruled out a bunch of potential problems.

8 posted on 12/14/2010 8:11:26 AM PST by republicangel
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To: decimon
I've been studying these lungs. It's a hands on effort but I gotta do what I gotta do!

This is a full time job and Obummer care will fund some part time workers! Any volunteers?

9 posted on 12/14/2010 8:17:54 AM PST by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: decimon

http://www.knowthecause.com/Fungus101/tabid/58/Default.aspx

Best $10 you can spend-

http://www.seagateproducts.com/olive-leaf-nasal-spray.html


10 posted on 12/14/2010 8:24:49 AM PST by petercooper (Purge the RINO's.)
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To: decimon

There’s a fungus amongus on our lungus.


11 posted on 12/14/2010 8:29:38 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Pure Country

I had a cough for the past two years, mostly at night. I have tried everything. The ENT scratched his head and admitted he didn’t know. We finally found it was caused by my asthma. It was just a tickle in the throat that caused me to cough violently. He found that it was a type of asthma attack. I will bring this to his attention, as I am extremely allergic to mold.


12 posted on 12/14/2010 8:35:32 AM PST by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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To: Pure Country
It is like the wheezing (which is extremely loud) is on a timer.

Do you have forced air heat, on a timed thermostat? Could it be something in the ductwork contaminating the air in your home?

13 posted on 12/14/2010 8:44:44 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty too! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: petercooper

bookmark


14 posted on 12/14/2010 9:13:10 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: republicangel

How did it feel afterwards? I mean after your lungs dried out?

It would be great if it was like it how you feel after a fresh shower (or I would hope so)

I keep thinking I have a lot of sawdust and old car paint stuck in there


15 posted on 12/14/2010 10:15:55 AM PST by Mr. K ('Profiling' is much worse than grabbing your balls)
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To: Mr. K

no, just no. :-)


16 posted on 12/14/2010 12:25:53 PM PST by republicangel
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To: diamond6

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17 posted on 12/14/2010 5:30:33 PM PST by diamond6 (Pray the Rosary to defeat communism and Obamacare!!)
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To: decimon; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; Global2010; Battle Axe; null and void; ...
bump & a micro/immuno ping

IgE Sensitization to Aspergillus fumigatus Is Associated with Reduced Lung Function in Asthma

N.B. Ig is the abbreviation for Immunoglobulin, i.e. antibodies. IgE is the class of antibodies usually found to be elevated with allergic reactions.

18 posted on 12/14/2010 11:19:59 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Ping...(Thanks, decimon!)


19 posted on 12/15/2010 3:38:44 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Pure Country
It starts around 7 pm and goes until around 9 am.

Allergens around the house, but not at the workplace?

20 posted on 12/15/2010 5:53:40 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Smokin' Joe; decimon

It would be great if this turns out to be a treatable condition for many that suffer with asthma. Quite a different approach than treating with steroids.


21 posted on 12/15/2010 6:32:32 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: El Gato; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Robert A. Cook, PE; lepton; LadyDoc; jb6; tiamat; PGalt; Dianna; ...

I think my computer is on its last legs. It’s 10 years old. I had to do a “system restore” to get online. I can only open one window at a time. Unless I can download another browser that can use this old dog, I won’t be posting much for a couple of weeks. I never could update beyond Internet Explorer 6 with Microsoft updates.


22 posted on 12/15/2010 7:49:46 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Good luck with the puter.

Ten years old? There are a lot of sales on this stuff this time of year.


23 posted on 12/15/2010 8:02:38 PM PST by decimon
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping!


24 posted on 12/15/2010 9:58:47 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem

Tried Linux? There are many variations that are lightweight, great for older computers, and easy to use. Whatever you choose please don’t leave FR your ping list is the best!


25 posted on 12/15/2010 10:17:41 PM PST by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Thanks for the compliment. My ISP is suggesting Firefox, but I think it could be a hardware problem. I’ve done over 6 system restore attempts so far, if I leave this forum to check other websites. The computer will just freeze on the Wall St. Journal, Reason, etc., and I have to start it again. If I have to leave, I’ll come back if I’m alive.


26 posted on 12/15/2010 11:11:28 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: KYGrandma

I wonder if there might be a borderline situation with this mold that mimics asthma?? I have SEVERE allergies to mold (eventually had to move out of Louisiana, my home state, because of them), and I have a similar night cough, and some of the other symptoms noted on this thread, but never been diagnosed with actual asthma. My latest ENT thought it might be from “silent acid reflux”, but having tried elevating my bed and taking “proton suppressors”, and still having the cough, I, like you, wonder........


27 posted on 12/16/2010 4:16:52 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog
For years I had a severe asthma-type condition that was always worse during winter months. I went from doctor to doctor. They gave me antibiotics, steroids, inhalers, etc. Nothing worked and I realized it was going to be up to me to fix the condition if it would ever be fixed.

I blended a mixture of ice, honey, apple cider vinegar and garlic and started sipping on it.

I no longer have the condition but since have added large doses of Ester C and Vit. D.

I do not tout this as a cure because I have no idea. I only know none of the usual rememdies worked for me and I had bad reactions to cough medicine--I was a mess.

28 posted on 12/16/2010 6:42:57 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Wonder Warthog

Acid reflux was an initial diagnosis, too. The only reason he gave me the Singulair was to help with my allergies. I was taking the allergy shots weekly and they were about to kill me. I was in bed most of the day. Now with the Singulair the allergies are better and the cough is gone!!


29 posted on 12/16/2010 8:00:41 AM PST by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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To: neverdem

Hard drive failure, sounds like. I’ve got the same thing going on here. Mid-1990s PowerMac; I’m finally going to upgrade this last-legs Quantum 1.1 gb internal, and probably will also retire the 10K rpm IBM external SCSI 18 gb. Had some ink cartridges I got for nothing, got lots of credit ($1 apiece) at Staples, and have a PATA 500 gb coming, cost less than $50 to me.


30 posted on 12/16/2010 8:18:12 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Diplomatic power grows out of the barrel of a gun.)
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To: JimRed; decimon; neverdem; Wonder Warthog; Conservativegreatgrandma; Myrddin; KYGrandma; ...
Could it be something in the ductwork contaminating the air in your home?

ABSOLUTELY !! Click the picture:

31 posted on 12/16/2010 11:59:45 AM PST by FreeKeys (We DESPERATELY need a constitutional amendment to ELIMINATE LAME DUCK SESSIONS of congress.)
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To: Pure Country
I have developed a problem with wheezing. It starts around 7 pm and goes until around 9 am. There is none during the day. Doesn’t matter if I am horizontal or vertical or where I am. It is like clockwork. It has the doctors completely stumped. It is like the wheezing (which is extremely loud) is on a timer.

My doctor told me a story like yours some years ago. He had a patient who only had allergic reactions on Sunday. Every Sunday by the time he got out of church his hands and arms would be swollen and he'd have hives. It was like clockwork - just like yours. They kept trying to eliminate different things - it took weeks to figure out. Then it came to them - the only thing different as he read the Sunday comics - printed with colored inks. This was back in the days of black and white comics. Anyhow, he quit reading the Sunday comics and was cured. Is there anything you do after 6 o'clock?

32 posted on 12/16/2010 2:57:14 PM PST by GOPJ (Sharpton wants Limbaugh off the air- if you don't hate liberals yet, you're not paying attention.)
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To: Young Werther

They would make nice molds.


33 posted on 12/16/2010 3:03:27 PM PST by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: neverdem

I just bought a new refurbished computer for $300. Don’t torture yourself, put it out of it’s misery. You could probably find something decent on craigslist for $100.00.


34 posted on 12/16/2010 3:08:04 PM PST by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: neverdem

Sorry to hear about your computer problems neverdem.

Thanks for all the pings.


35 posted on 12/16/2010 5:22:48 PM PST by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: Smokin' Joe

thanks decimon, and thanks Smokin’ Joe.


36 posted on 12/18/2010 5:14:34 PM PST by cycjec
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To: neverdem

bttt


37 posted on 01/26/2011 12:46:13 PM PST by petercooper (Purge the RINO's.)
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