Living in a home with multiple dogs may help reduce an infant’s risk for developing allergies later in life, according to a new UC study. Led by David Bernstein, MD, UC researchers have found that infants living in homes with high levels of endotoxins (contaminants) and multiple dogs were more than two times less likely to wheeze than other infants.
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Family History Plays a Major Role in Disease Risks
Knowing your family’s history for certain diseases can make a big difference in your own health, says UC genetics expert Melanie Myers, PhD. In fact, family history is a key risk factor for many diseases, in-cluding cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Research Dollars Exceed $330 Million for Second Year
The university’s research enterprise topped $330 million for the second year in a row, despite the leveling off of national research-funding budgets. Fiscal year 2006 research data was presented to the UC Board of Trustees at their November meeting by Sandra Degen, PhD, vice president for research.
Balloon Treatment Offers Hope for Chronic Sinus Sufferers
Nearly 40 million hay fever sufferers in the United States experience headache, facial pressure and a stuffy nose when pollen is in the air. But for 37 million people with chronic sinusitis, relief from these symptoms doesn’t come with a change in the season. Inflammation of the sinuses is often due to infection or anatomic abnormalities.
Firefighters Face Increased Risk for Certain Cancers
New UC research has revealed that firefighters are significantly more likely to develop four different types of cancer than workers in other fields. The researchers suggest that the protective equipment firefighters have used in the past didn’t do a good job in protecting them against cancer-causing agents they encounter in their profession.
Scientists Pursue New Target for Asthma Treatment
Cincinnati scientists have found further evidence that certain defensive white cells in the body cause or play a major role in asthma symptoms. Their findings could lead to identification of a new treatment “target” to help the estimated 17 million asthma sufferers in the United States.
December News Extras
UC researchers have received $1 million from the National Cancer Institute to develop a new topical treatment that would not only increase skin pigmentation to block harmful ultraviolet rays, but also repair damage that can lead to skin cancer.