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Javier Molina-Infante, Carolina Gutierrez-Junquera, Edoardo Savarino, Roberto Penagini, Ines Modolell, Ottavia Bartolo, Alicia Prieto-García, Aurelio Mauro, Javier Alcedo, Antonia Perelló, Carlos Guarner-Argente, Noelia Alcaide, Ana M Vegas, Patricia Barros-García, Marianette Murzi-Pulgar, Monica Perona, Javier P Gisbert, Alfredo J Lucendo
OBJECTIVES: Rising trends in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) have been repeatedly linked to declining Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, mostly in retrospective studies. We aimed to prospectively evaluate this inverse association. METHODS: Prospective case-control study conducted in 23 centers. Children and adults naïve to eradication therapy for H. pylori were included. Cases were EoE patients, whereas controls were defined by esophageal symptoms and <5 eos/HPF on esophageal biopsies...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Marc Humbert, Camille Taillé, Laurence Mala, Vincent Le Gros, Jocelyne Just, Mathieu Molimard
Omalizumab is a monoclonal anti-immunoglobulin E antibody used to treat severe allergic asthma (SAA). The aim of the STELLAIR study was to determine the importance of pre-treatment blood eosinophil count (EOS) as a predictive measure for response to omalizumab. This retrospective real-life study was conducted in France between December 2015 and September 2016 using medical records of SAA omalizumab-treated patients. Response to omalizumab was assessed by three criteria: physician evaluation, reduction of ≥40% in annual exacerbation rate, and combination of both...
March 15, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Mei Mei, Haojun Song, Lina Chen, Bin Hu, Ru Bai, Diandou Xu, Ying Liu, Yuliang Zhao, Chunying Chen
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have suggested that elevated levels of air pollution contribute to an increased incidence or severity of asthma. Although late-onset adult asthma seems to be more attributable to environmental risk factors, limited data is available on the impact of early-life exposure to size-fractionated ambient particulate matter (PM) on asthma in adults. We aimed to determine the effect on the development and exacerbation of asthma in the adult after the mice were exposed as juveniles to three size-fractionated ambient particulates collected from Beijing...
March 14, 2018: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
Arthur Bill Musk, Michael Hunter, Jennie Hui, Matthew W Knuiman, Mark Divitini, John P Beilby, Alan James
OBJECTIVE: To document the changing levels of tobacco smoking, respiratory symptoms, doctor-diagnosed asthma, and lung function in Busselton adults aged 46-65 years over the past 50 years. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS: Repeated cross-sectional population surveys (1966 to 2010-2015) of adults registered to vote in the Busselton shire, Western Australia, including a modified version of the British Medical Research Council questionnaire on respiratory symptoms. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: History of doctor-diagnosed asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tobacco smoking history, respiratory medications used, spirometry parameters (forced expiratory volume in one second [FEV1], forced vital capacity [FVC])...
March 19, 2018: Medical Journal of Australia
Martín Bedolla-Barajas, Norma Angélica Pulido-Guillén, Bolívar Vivar-Aburto, Jaime Morales-Romero, José Raúl Ortiz-Peregrina, Martín Robles-Figueroa
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether there is an association between suicidal ideation (SI) and allergic diseases in adults. METHODS: This was a comparative cross-sectional study involving individuals ranging from 20 to 50 years of age recruited from a university hospital in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. We included patients with a confirmed diagnosis of allergic asthma, those with a confirmed diagnosis of allergic rhinitis, and healthy controls. All subjects completed the Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II), which includes an item that evaluates the presence of suicidal thoughts or desires within the last two weeks, in order to identify SI...
January 2018: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
Sean A McGhee
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although biologic therapies can provide outstanding efficacy in the management of lung disease, especially asthma, most of these agents have been approved only for adults. Recent findings provide new strategies for using these agents in children. RECENT FINDINGS: Extensive evidence has consistently demonstrated the efficacy and safety of biologic therapy for asthma. In addition, some studies have documented potentially important secondary effects, such as improving response to respiratory virus infection in asthmatic patients...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Celeste Porsbjerg, Charlotte Ulrik, Tina Skjold, Vibeke Backer, Birger Laerum, Sverre Lehman, Crister Janson, Thomas Sandstrøm, Leif Bjermer, Barbro Dahlen, Bo Lundbäck, Dora Ludviksdottir, Unnur Björnsdóttir, Alan Altraja, Lauri Lehtimäki, Paula Kauppi, Jussi Karjalainen, Hannu Kankaanranta
Although a minority of asthma patients suffer from severe asthma, they represent a major clinical challenge in terms of poor symptom control despite high-dose treatment, risk of exacerbations, and side effects. Novel biological treatments may benefit patients with severe asthma, but are expensive, and are only effective in appropriately targeted patients. In some patients, symptoms are driven by other factors than asthma, and all patients with suspected severe asthma ('difficult asthma') should undergo systematic assessment, in order to differentiate between true severe asthma, and 'difficult-to-treat' patients, in whom poor control is related to factors such as poor adherence or co-morbidities...
2018: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
Prudence Dy, Cristina Lajom, Josephino Sanchez
Neurogenic tumours of the mediastinum in adults occur most often at the posterior mediastinum, majority of which are benign of nerve sheath in origin. A 72-year-old woman, known asthmatic, presented with chronic symptoms of hoarseness, dysphagia, chest heaviness, easy fatigability, cough, epigastric pain, feeling of abdominal fullness and choking with food intake and at a supine position. Treated for other disorders, routine chest X-ray incidentally found a homogenous convex radiodensity at the right paratracheal area; mass which was also observed with CT and 18F-fludeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/CT scan studies...
March 13, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Barbara P Yawn, Peter C Wollan, Matthew A Rank, Susan L Bertram, Young Juhn, Wilson Pace
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess patient and practice outcomes after introducing the Asthma APGAR (Activities, Persistent, triGGers, Asthma medications, Response to therapy) tools into primary care practices. METHODS: We used a pragmatic cluster-randomized controlled design in 18 US family medicine and pediatric practices to compare outcomes in patients with persistent asthma aged 5 to 45 years after introduction of the Asthma APGAR tools vs usual care...
March 2018: Annals of Family Medicine
Finlay A McAlister, Jeffrey A Bakal, Lee Green, Brad Bahler, Richard Lewanczuk
BACKGROUND: Primary care networks are designed to facilitate access to inter-professional, team-based care. We compared health outcomes associated with primary care networks versus conventional primary care. METHODS: We obtained data on all adult residents of Alberta who visited a primary care physician during fiscal years 2008 and 2009 and classified them as affiliated with a primary care network or not, based on the physician most involved in their care. The primary outcome was an emergency department visit or nonelective hospital admission for a Patient Medical Home indicator condition (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, coronary disease, hypertension and diabetes) within 12 months...
March 12, 2018: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
Antonio Anzueto, Marc Miravitlles
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is often misdiagnosed and inappropriately treated in many patients. COPD is a distinct disease from adult-onset asthma; however, some patients with COPD may present with several forms of airway disease described as asthma-COPD overlap (ACO). Bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) both have a place in standard maintenance treatment of COPD and asthma; however, recommendations for use differ widely. In patients with COPD, long-acting bronchodilators are effective initial monotherapy treatment, while ICS monotherapy is recommended as initial treatment in patients with asthma...
March 7, 2018: Chest
Bircan Erbas, Toril Mørkve Knudsen, Christer Janson, Roy M Nilsen, Simone Accordini, Bryndis Benediktdottir, Julia Dratva, Joachim Heinrich, Debbie Jarvis, Benedcite Leynaert, Melanie C Matheson, Dan Norbäck, Francisco G Real, Chantal Raherison-Semjen, Simona Villani, S C Dharmage, C Svanes
BACKGROUND: Despite extensive knowledge of smoking effects on respiratory disease, there is no study including all age windows of exposure among ever smokers. The objective of this study was to assess the effects from smoking exposure in utero, early childhood, adolescence and adulthood on respiratory health outcomes in adult male and female ever smokers. METHODS: Respiratory health outcomes were assessed in 10,610 participants of the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS) I who reported a history of ever smoking by questionnaire...
March 6, 2018: Environmental Research
Nicholas Arrotta, Jesse Hill, Cristina Villa-Roel, Elizabeth Dennett, Molly Harries, Brian H Rowe
OBJECTIVES: A variable proportion of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with acute asthma require admission to hospital. Previous studies have identified select factors associated with admission following ED presentation; however, no review has synthesized the evidence in this regard. This systematic review summarizes the evidence regarding factors associated with hospital admission following ED presentation. METHODS: Searches were conducted in seven electronic databases and common sources of grey literature...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Vinh Nhu Nguyen, Thuong Thi Hoai Huynh, Niels H Chavannes
Background: Most asthma patients in Vietnam have poorly controlled asthma. Besides reasons related to the health care system and health care providers, knowledge on the self-management of patients has also contributed to this situation. Purpose: To assess knowledge on asthma self-management among adult asthma patients in Ho Chi Minh City. Patients and methods: A cross-sectional study with convenience sampling was conducted among 322 ambulatory patients using questionnaires filled in via a face-to-face interview...
2018: International Journal of General Medicine
Osman Savran, Charlotte Suppli Ulrik
Background: Early life events may predispose to the development of chronic lung disease in adulthood. Aim: To provide an update on current knowledge of early nongenetic origins of COPD. Materials and methods: Systematic literature review was performed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines. Results: A total of 16 studies, comprising 69,365 individuals, met the predefined criteria and were included in the present review...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Mina Fazlollahi, Tricia D Lee, Jade Andrade, Kasopefoluwa Oguntuyo, Yoojin Chun, Galina Grishina, Alexander Grishin, Supinda Bunyavanich
BACKGROUND: Nasal microbiota may influence asthma pathobiology. OBJECTIVE: We sought to characterize the nasal microbiome of subjects with exacerbated asthma, non-exacerbated asthma, and healthy controls to identify nasal microbiota associated with asthma activity. METHODS: 16S rRNA sequencing was performed on nasal swabs obtained from 72 primarily adult subjects with exacerbated asthma (n=20), non-exacerbated asthma (n=31), and healthy controls (n=21)...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Vadim M Kemaykin, Nariman B Tabinbaev, Mahira S Khudaibergenova, Anastasia A Olifirovich, Layzzat M Abdrakhmanova, David W Denning, Nikolai Klimko
Our work aimed to generate a preliminary estimation of severe and chronic fungal diseases in the Republic of Kazakhstan with a model proposed by LIFE (Leading International Fungal Education). Calculations were carried out on data from 2015. Published results of studies of mycoses in Kazakhstan were identified; in the absence of national data from the scientific literature, the frequency of life-threatening and serious mycoses in defined groups of patients at risk from other countries were taken into account...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
Sara Khor, Danielle Lavallee, Amy M Cizik, Carlo Bellabarba, Jens R Chapman, Christopher R Howe, Dawei Lu, A Alex Mohit, Rod J Oskouian, Jeffrey R Roh, Neal Shonnard, Armagan Dagal, David R Flum
Importance: Functional impairment and pain are common indications for the initiation of lumbar spine surgery, but information about expected improvement in these patient-reported outcome (PRO) domains is not readily available to most patients and clinicians considering this type of surgery. Objective: To assess population-level PRO response after lumbar spine surgery, and develop/validate a prediction tool for PRO improvement. Design, Setting, and Participants: This statewide multicenter cohort was based at 15 Washington state hospitals representing approximately 75% of the state's spine fusion procedures...
March 7, 2018: JAMA Surgery
Vasiliki Delimpoura, Clementine Bonstantzoglou, Norrice Liu, Raffaella Nenna
The heterogeneous nature of asthma requires personalised treatments. Monoclonal antibody treatments showed good efficacy, and should be considered when symptoms are poorly controlled despite good inhaler technique, compliance and controlled comorbidities.
March 2018: Breathe
J J Nieto-Fontarigo, F J Salgado, M E San-José, M J Cruz, A Casas-Fernández, M J Gómez-Conde, L Valdés-Cuadrado, M Á García-González, P Arias, M Nogueira, F J González-Barcala
LPS-ligation to CD14/TLR-4 on monocytes/macrophages triggers the production of IL-12-family cytokines. IL12/18 promote TH1 -differentiation, counteracting the TH2 -driven asthma. Therefore, CD14 modulation could alter the TH2 -differentiation and should be taken into account when studying asthma. To analyse the alteration in CD14 levels and its association with CD14 (-159 C/T) SNP (rs2569190) in Caucasian adults with stable allergic asthma, we performed a cross-sectional study (277 healthy subjects vs. 277 patients) where clinical parameters, CD14 values and the CD14 (-159 C/T) SNP were studied...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
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