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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229097/pediatric-hypovitaminosis-d-molecular-perspectives-and-clinical-implications
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Rafiu Ariganjoye
Vitamin D, a secosteroid, is essential for the development and maintenance of healthy bone in both the adult and pediatric populations. Low level of 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25-(OH)-D) is highly prevalent in children worldwide and has been linked to various adverse health outcomes including rickets, osteomalacia, osteomalacic myopathy, sarcopenia, and weakness, growth retardation, hypocalcemia, seizure and tetany, autism, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, cancers (prostate, colon, breast), infectious diseases (viral, tuberculosis), and autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and Hashimoto's thyroiditis...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228656/incidence-and-long-term-outcome-of-severe-asthma-copd-overlap-compared-to-asthma-and-copd-alone-a-35-year-prospective-study-of-57-053-middle-aged-adults
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Camilla Boslev Baarnes, Zorana Jovanovic Andersen, Anne Tjønneland, Charlotte Suppli Ulrik
BACKGROUND: Incidence and prognosis for severe asthma-COPD overlap is poorly characterized. We investigated incidence and long-term outcome for patients with asthma-COPD overlap compared to asthma and COPD alone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 57,053 adults (aged 50-64 years) enrolled in the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health cohort (1993-1997) were followed in the National Patients Registry for admissions for asthma (DJ45-46) and COPD (DJ40-44) and vital status...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225537/laryngeal-sensitivity-testing-in-youth-with-exercise-inducible-laryngeal-obstruction
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Irena Hočevar-Boltežar, Uroš Krivec, Maja Šereg-Bahar
Exercise-inducible laryngeal obstruction (EILO) has been recognized as a not rare respiratory problem in youth practicing sports. The aim of the study was to test the mechanosensitivity of the larynx, and to identify the factors affecting it in a group of youth with proven EILO. Laryngeal sensory testing was performed in 54 adolescents and young adults with EILO. Laryngeal mucosal alterations were assessed according to the Reflux Finding Score (RFS). The data concerning diseases possibly affecting the upper airway, findings of previously performed flexible videolaryngoscopy during exercise, and RFS score were compared between the participants with laryngeal hyposensitivity and those with normal sensitivity...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220767/asthma-control-in-adult-patients-treated-with-a-combination-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-and-long-acting-beta-2-agonists-a-prospective-observational-study
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Barbara Rogala, Paweł Majak, Joanna Glück, Tomasz Dębowski
INTRODUCTION    Asthma is a highly prevalent disease that often requires maintenance therapy. Combined inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting beta-2 agonist (ICS/LABA) inhalers are one of the available maintenance treatment options.  OBJECTIVES    This prospective observational study aimed to assess asthma control in patients treated with ICS/LABA inhalers and to identify factors related to controlled asthma. PATIENTS AND METHODS    A total of 5789 asthma sufferers from Poland were enrolled in a prospective, observational study and treated with one of the following combined ICS/LABA inhalers at clinically appropriate doses: beclomethasone/formoterol, fluticasone/salmeterol, or budesonide/formoterol...
January 18, 2017: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220323/burden-of-fungal-infections-in-algeria
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M Chekiri-Talbi, D W Denning
We report for the first time in Algeria and provide burden estimates. We searched for existing data and estimated the incidence and prevalence of fungal diseases based on the population at risk and available epidemiological data. Demographic data were derived from the National Office of Statistics (Office National des Statistiques: ONS), World Health Organization (WHO), The Joint Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and national published reports. When no data existed, risk populations were used to estimate frequencies of fungal infections, using previously described methodology...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220034/exhaled-and-nasal-nitric-oxide-in-relation-to-lung-function-blood-cell-counts-and-disease-characteristics-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Christina Krantz, Christer Janson, Annika Hollsing, Kjell Alving, Andrei Malinovschi
BACKGROUND: Patients with CF have similar or lower exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) and lower nasal nitric oxide (nNO) levels than controls. There are divergent results on alveolar NO (CalvNO) concentrations in relation to CF. There are inconsistent results on correlation between different nitric oxide parameters and lung function and inflammation in CF. AIM: To compare FeNO, CalvNO and nNO levels between subjects with CF, asthma and healthy controls and to study whether these parameters are related to lung function, blood cell counts or clinical characteristics in CF patients...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217437/spontaneous-pneumomediastinum-in-a-healthy-young-female-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Ahmed Dirweesh, Chikezie Alvarez, Muhammad Khan, Donald Christmas
Spontaneous pneumomediastinum (SPM) is an uncommon finding in young adults presenting usually without any comorbidities or an underlying pathology. It is most commonly due to alveolar rupture in the setting of an inciting event such an underlying asthma, barotrauma, valsalva maneuver, or esophageal rupture. Individuals can have varying presentations, from chest pain, dyspnea and dysphagia, to anxiety, weakness, or facial and neck swelling. The majority of patients have subcutaneous emphysema on examination and can have abnormal laboratory findings such as an elevated C-reactive proteins and leukocytosis...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215604/burden-of-chronic-oral-corticosteroid-use-by-adults-with-persistent-asthma
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Robert S Zeiger, Michael Schatz, Qiaowu Li, Wansu Chen, Deepak B Khatry, Trung N Tran
BACKGROUND: Chronic oral corticosteroid (C-OCS) use in asthma is an indicator of disease severity, but its risk factors are largely unknown. OBJECTIVE: To describe patient characteristics and disease burden associated with C-OCS use by adults with persistent asthma. METHODS: We identified 9546 patients aged 18 to 64 years in a large managed care organization who met the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set 2-year criteria (2009-2010) for persistent asthma...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214106/multicenter-study-of-cigarette-smoking-among-adults-with-asthma-exacerbations-in-the-emergency-department-2011-2012
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Robert A Silverman, Kohei Hasegawa, Daniel J Egan, Kirk A Stiffler, Ashley F Sullivan, Carlos A Camargo
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies demonstrated a high prevalence of cigarette smoking in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with acute asthma. Despite the clinical and public health importance, there have been no recent multicenter efforts to characterize this patient population. We aimed to update the prevalence of cigarette smoking among ED patients with asthma exacerbations. METHODS: Multicenter chart review study of 48 EDs across 23 US states...
February 7, 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213689/serious-fungal-infections-in-egypt
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S M Zaki, D W Denning
We aimed to estimate the burden of serious fungal infections in Egypt, currently unknown, based on the size of the populations at risk and available epidemiological data. Data were obtained from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and published reports with clearcut denominators. When no data existed, risk populations were used to estimate frequencies of fungal infections, using previously described methodology. The population of Egypt in 2011 was ∼82,500,000; 31% children, and 8% women >60 years of age...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212836/point-of-care-ultrasonography-for-evaluation-of-acute-dyspnea-in-the-emergency-department
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Maurizio Zanobetti, Margherita Scorpiniti, Chiara Gigli, Peiman Nazerian, Simone Vanni, Francesca Innocenti, Valerio T Stefanone, Caterina Savinelli, Alessandro Coppa, Sofia Bigiarini, Francesca Caldi, Irene Tassinari, Alberto Conti, Stefano Grifoni, Riccardo Pini
BACKGROUND: Acute dyspnea is a common symptom in the emergency department (ED). Standard approach to dyspnea often relies on radiologic and laboratoristic results, causing excessive delay before adequate therapy is started; an integrated point-of-care ultrasonography (PoCUS) approach can shorten the time needed to formulate a diagnosis maintaining an acceptable safety profile. METHODS: Consecutive adult patients presenting with dyspnea and admitted after ED evaluation were prospectively enrolled...
February 14, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208220/allergic-respiratory-disease-different-allergens-different-symptoms
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Antonio Valero, Santiago Quirce, Ignacio Dávila, Julio Delgado, Javier Domínguez-Ortega
BACKGROUND: Spanish population is rather homogeneous in its genetic and socio-cultural characteristics, but allergen sensitization shows wide geographical variations. We aimed at assessing whether sensitization to different allergens in the diverse geographical areas induced different clinical and quality of life characteristics in adult patients with a first-time diagnosis of rhinitis and/or asthma. METHODS: Two sequential, identically designed studies were carried out to evaluate such associations (PERFILAR I and II)...
February 16, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208075/socioeconomic-and-air-pollution-correlates-of-adult-asthma-heart-attack-and-stroke-risks-in-the-united-states-2010-2013
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Louis Anthony Tony Cox
Asthma in the United States has become an important public health issue, with many physicians, regulators, and scientists elsewhere expressing concern that criterion air pollutants have contributed to a rising tide of asthma cases and symptoms. This paper studies recent associations (from 2008 to 2012) between self-reported asthma experiences and potential predictors, including age, sex, income, education, smoking, and county-level average annual ambient concentrations of ozone (O3) and fine particulate matter (PM2...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207823/self-rated-health-and-reasons-for-non-vaccination-against-seasonal-influenza-in-canadian-adults-with-asthma
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Jennifer L Guthrie, David Fisman, Jennifer L Gardy
INTRODUCTION: While seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for individuals with asthma, uptake in this population is low. We examined how self-rated health impacts reasons for not being immunized against influenza in Canadian adults with asthma, focusing on those who have never been immunized. METHODS: We pooled four cycles of the Canadian Community Health Survey (cycles 3.1(2005), 2007/08, 2009/10 and 2011/12), grouping individuals by whether their reasons for not having been vaccinated were perceptual or technical...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196638/japanese-guidelines-for-adult-asthma-2017
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REVIEW
Masakazu Ichinose, Hisatoshi Sugiura, Hiroyuki Nagase, Masao Yamaguchi, Hiromasa Inoue, Hironori Sagara, Jun Tamaoki, Yuji Tohda, Mitsuru Munakata, Kohei Yamauchi, Ken Ohta
Adult bronchial asthma is characterized by chronic airway inflammation, and presents clinically with variable airway narrowing (wheezes and dyspnea) and cough. Long-standing asthma induces airway remodeling, leading to intractable asthma. The number of patients with asthma has increased; however, the number of patients who die of asthma has decreased (1.2 per 100,000 patients in 2015). The goal of asthma treatment is to enable patients with asthma to attain normal pulmonary function and lead a normal life, without any symptoms...
February 11, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196623/health-care-utilization-and-direct-costs-in-mild-moderate-and-severe-adult-asthma-a-descriptive-study-using-the-2014-south-korean-health-insurance-database
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Yoo Ju Lee, Sun-Hong Kwon, Sung-Hyun Hong, Jin Hyun Nam, Hyun Jin Song, Jong Seop Lee, Eui-Kyung Lee, Ju-Young Shin
PURPOSE: Although asthma exacerbation comprises a large burden of the total asthma-related costs, few studies have examined the frequency and cost of acute exacerbation according to asthma severity. This study investigated asthma-related health care utilization and costs according to the severity of asthma. METHODS: We conducted a descriptive study using the national health insurance claims database between January 1 and December 31, 2014. We included adult patients with asthma (18 years of age and older) who had ≥2 claims with for an asthma diagnosis and were prescribed ≥1 asthma medications...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195023/cheer-national-study-of-chronic-rhinosinusitis-practice-patterns
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Nikita Chapurin, Melissa A Pynnonen, Rhonda Roberts, Kristine Schulz, Jennifer J Shin, David L Witsell, Kourosh Parham, Alan Langman, David Carpenter, Andrea Vambutas, Anh Nguyen-Huynh, Anne Wolfley, Walter T Lee
Objectives (1) Describe national patterns of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) care across academic and community practices. (2) Determine the prevalence of comorbid disorders in CRS patients, including nasal polyposis, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and cystic fibrosis. (3) Identify demographic, clinical, and practice type factors associated with endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). Study Design Multisite cross-sectional study. Setting Otolaryngology's national research network CHEER (Creating Healthcare Excellence through Education and Research)...
February 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194189/day-time-variation-of-serum-periostin-in-asthmatic-adults-treated-with-ics-laba-and-adults-without-asthma
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Rachel Caswell-Smith, Terrianne Cripps, Thom Charles, Alexander Hosking, Meghana Handigol, Cecile Holweg, John Matthews, Mark Holliday, Corentin Maillot, James Fingleton, Mark Weatherall, Richard Beasley, Irene Braithwaite
BACKGROUND: We aimed to determine the effect of sampling time during the day on serum periostin levels in adult participants with and without asthma. METHODS: Serum periostin was measured at 2-h intervals from 0800 to 1800 h in 16 adult participants with stable asthma prescribed inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting beta-agonist therapy, and in 16 otherwise healthy participants without asthma. Mixed linear models were used to compare time zero (08:00 h) with subsequent measurement time for serum periostin for both groups...
2017: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193558/allergic-disease-associations-with-regional-and-localized-estimates-of-air-pollution
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Amy A Schultz, Jamie J Schauer, Kristen Mc Malecki
BACKGROUND: Exposure to multiple types of air pollution may contribute to and exacerbate allergic diseases including asthma and wheezing. However, few studies have examined chronic air pollution exposure and allergic disease outcomes among an adult population. Associations between potential estimates of annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5), traffic related air pollution, and industrial source air emissions and three allergic disease outcomes (asthma, allergies and wheezing) were examined in a state-wide general population of adults...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192095/cigarette-smoking-and-adverse-health-outcomes-among-adults-receiving-federal-housing-assistance
#20
Veronica E Helms, Brian A King, Peter J Ashley
Cigarette smoking is higher among low-income adults and individuals who reside in federally assisted housing are particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure. This study assessed smoking-related behaviors and health outcomes among U.S. adults who received federal housing assistance during 2006-2012. National Health Interview Survey data linked with administrative data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development were analyzed; 5218 HUD-assisted adults were assessed...
February 9, 2017: Preventive Medicine
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