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 Post subject: Hormones and asthma
PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 6:58 pm 
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Allergic Living just published the article "Your Hormones and Your Asthma" (Summer '06 issue). Now Maclean's weighs in with a related article/study:
http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/healt ... 61356_6520


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I'm kind of attached to U of T....so I thought I'd point out that Dr. Anna Day (an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine at U of Toronto, and a respirologist at Women's College Hospital) has done some research in this area:

http://www.utoronto.ca/news/2006/03/women_more_likely_to_require_u.html

also see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=16517436&dopt=Abstract

there was also an article in chatelaine's awhile back:
http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:Reidyu-jtMMJ:www.on.lung.ca/Chatelaine/chatelaine-1003.pdf+%22anna+day%22+asthma&hl=en&gl=ca&ct=clnk&cd=10

(you have to scroll down a little ways)
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From the MacLean's article Gwen points out:
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The study also showed that women who had been taking oral contraceptives, which suppress female hormones during menstruation, had a lower prevalence of current asthma.


Hmmm...I'm confused. I thought that I read somewhere...and I can't remember where... that one of the theories is that whichever hormone is at a low ebb during menstruation (can't remember whether it is estrogen or progestrogen) has an immunosuppressive effect (and this would explain why menopausal women are at greater risk for asthma)...but I could have this wrong (memory is a bit fuzzy on these points.)


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