Health in news on May 1

Here’s a round-up of today’s news reports and developments around health

By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Tuesday 01 May 2018

Number of Asthma patients doubles in Kerala

As many as 36 per cent of the patients, who were randomly checked by doctors of superspecialty hospitals in Kerala, were found to be asthmatic. This number ranged from 10 per cent to 15 per cent in previous surveys.

One in every ten persons affected by asthma globally is an Indian

Around 20 million people in India suffer from asthma, which is roughly 10 per cent of the global number of asthmatic patients.

90 per cent of asthma in kids is due to environmental triggers

Dust, cockroaches and pollens are the biggest causes of allergic asthma, according to analysis of reports of five years.

Researchers identify a biomarker to detect asthma

In what could be a major breakthrough in making the diagnosis of asthma easy through a simple blood test, a biomarker in blood which plays a key role in orchestrating chronic inflammation has been identified.

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