Today is World Asthma Day!

May 6th, 2014

Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. Asthma is caused by environmental and genetic factors. These factors influence how severe asthma is and how well it responds to medication. The interaction is complex and not fully understood. Diagnosis is usually made based on the pattern of symptoms and/or response to therapy over time. As of 2010, 300 million people were affected by asthma worldwide. With proper control of asthma with step down therapy, prognosis is generally good.

Iberia and Samsung launch wearable boarding passes

May 1st, 2014

Spanish carrier Iberia and Samsung Electronics have joined forces to be able to offer the services of Iberia.mobi, which includes boarding passes, on Samsung???s new mobile devices. The new app will soon be available on Samsung S5 mobile phone and the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch. Passengers will be able to sport their boarding pass on their wrist, without needing anything else to board their flight. Also in an upcoming version of the Iberia app for Android, whenever passengers check-in using their device and synchronize their Samsung Gear 2, their boarding passes will be automatically downloaded to a wearable device. Miguel ??ngel Henales, head of Iberia???s digital business, explains: ???Working on this app has been a challenge, because we are producing prototypes, creating something that is new to the market; we are one of the first airlines to offer a wearable boarding pass, which we think will be very popular among our passengers.???


High-fiber diet ???benefits heart attack patients???

April 30th, 2014

According to US researchers eating plenty of fiber after a heart attack may improve your long term chances of recovery. A study in the British Medical Journal found that heart attack survivors were more likely to be alive nine years later if they followed a high-fiber diet. Every 10g-per-day increase in fiber intake was linked with a 15% drop in death risk during the study. Dietary fiber may improve blood pressure and cholesterol, experts say.

US experts recommend people have up to 38g of fiber a day. Fruit, such as bananas and apples, root vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes, wholemeal bread, cereals and bran are all good sources of dietary fiber.

The Harvard School of Public Health team analysed data from two large US studies involving more than 4000 men and women who had survived a first heart attack and had provided information about their usual diet via questionnaires. They were then followed for an average of almost nine years after their heart attacks, during which 682 of the women and 451 of the men died. Chances of survival appeared to be linked with fiber intake, which was mostly from breakfast cereals. The 1 in 5 who ate most fiber had a 25% lower chance of dying from any cause during the nine years after their heart attack compared with the fifth who ate the least. The high fiber group were 13% less likely to have a fatal heart attack.

The top ten sources of fiber are raspberries, avocado, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, oatmeal, lentils, broccoli, cabbage, apple and Brussels sprouts.

The World???s largest satellite concourse is to be built at Shanghai Pudong Airport

April 29th, 2014

The world???s largest satellite concourse is set to be built at Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG). Designed by US architect Corgan, in association with Chinese partner IPPR, the complex is expected to boost 100 boarding gates when fully operational. The company was one of six which submitted concept bids as part of a design competition held by the Shanghai Airport Authority. Expansion of PVG is part of a plan by the SAA to make it the premier international hub airport in Asia, and to keep pace with growth of China???s largest city and financial capital.

David Lind, chairman of Corgan says: ???we are thrilled to be working with Shanghai Airport Authority, this project reflects Corgan???s growth internationally and the quality of our work especially in the aviation industry.???

There are currently 2 terminals at PVG with 28 and 42 gates respectively, but SAA aims to welcome 80 million passengers and handle 4.7 million tons of cargo annually by 2020 to make it Asia???s primary aviation hub.

Two experimental drugs to prevent migraines show promise!

April 28th, 2014

Two experimental drugs may help prevent migraines in people who suffer multiple attacks a month according to preliminary findings from a pair of clinical trials. The drugs, one given by IV and one by injection, are part of a new approach to preventing migraine headaches. They are ???monoclonal antibodies??? that target a tiny protein called the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) which recent research has implicated in triggering migraine pain.

Patients saw a 66% reduction in their migraine attacks, in one of the trials, five to eight weeks after a single dose of the IV drug. That compared with a 52% decrease among patients who were given a placebo infusion. Patients receiving the injection drug saw a similar benefit from three months??? worth of biweekly treatments.

The findings are preliminary and experts stressed that many questions remain. However migraine sufferers can ???take heart??? that new drugs, specific to the pain condition, are under development, said Dr Peter Goadsby a neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco, who worked on both studies. Right now, he said, the drugs used to prevent migraines are all older medications that were originally developed to treat other conditions such as depression, high blood pressure and epilepsy.

Further testing will be taking place to confirm the drug???s effectiveness and safety.