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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452277/association-between-obesity-and-acute-severity-among-patients-hospitalized-for-asthma-exacerbation
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Sarah Kyuragi Luthe, Atsushi Hirayama, Tadahiro Goto, Mohammad Kamal Faridi, Carlos A Camargo, Kohei Hasegawa
BACKGROUND: Although studies have demonstrated relations between obesity and incident asthma, little is known about the association of obesity with acute severity in adults hospitalized for asthma exacerbation. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association of obesity with acute severity of asthma exacerbation. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study using population-based data of 8 geographically diverse US states from 2010 through 2013...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29420096/gamma-globulin-replacement-therapy-in-uncontrolled-severe-asthma-associated-with-humoral-immunodeficiency-a-series-of-five-case-reports
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Angelica Tiotiu, Yves Martinet, Roger Jankowski, Philippe Devillier
We report on five adult cases of the rare association of asthma with humoral immunodeficiency (huID). All patients had uncontrolled asthma related to recurrent respiratory infections. Asthma was diagnosed according to the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guidelines, and bronchiectasis was ruled out by a CT chest scan. Two men (aged 28 and 60) presented with pollen allergies, chronic rhinosinusitis, and IgG deficiency (7.8 and 7.6 g/L, respectively). Both patients underwent surgery for nasal polyposis but relapsed with acute sinusitis and severe asthma exacerbations requiring treatment with oral corticosteroids and antibiotics...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29411238/hospital-level-care-at-home-for-acutely-ill-adults-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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David M Levine, Kei Ouchi, Bonnie Blanchfield, Keren Diamond, Adam Licurse, Charles T Pu, Jeffrey L Schnipper
BACKGROUND: Hospitals are standard of care for acute illness, but hospitals can be unsafe, uncomfortable, and expensive. Providing substitutive hospital-level care in a patient's home potentially reduces cost while maintaining or improving quality, safety, and patient experience, although evidence from randomized controlled trials in the US is lacking. OBJECTIVE: Determine if home hospital care reduces cost while maintaining quality, safety, and patient experience...
February 6, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29391776/efficacy-and-side-effects-of-intravenous-theophylline-in-acute-asthma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#4
Gulixian Mahemuti, Hui Zhang, Jing Li, Nueramina Tieliwaerdi, Lili Ren
Background and objective: Theophylline has been used for decades to treat both acute and chronic asthma. Despite its longevity in the practitioner's formulary, no detailed meta-analysis has been performed to determine the conditions, including concomitant medications, under which theophylline should be used for acute exacerbations of asthma. We aimed to quantify the usefulness and side effects of theophylline with or without ethylene diamine (aminophylline) in acute asthma, with particular emphasis on patient subgroups, such as children, adults, and concomitant medications...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29384116/anaphylaxis-in-a-food-allergy-outpatient-department-one-year-review
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R A Fernandes, F Regateiro, C Pereira, E Faria, J Pita, A Todo-Bom, I Carrapatoso
Background. Anaphylaxis is an acute, potentially fatal, multi-organ allergic reac-tion. Our aim was to characterize the population with food induced anaphylaxis followed over a one-year period. Methods. Retrospective analysis of clinical files of patients with food anaphylaxis observed in our food allergy consultation during 2016. Results. Sixty-two patients were included. In the pediatric group, the implicated allergens were cow's milk, egg and fish and in the adults' group, the commonest allergens were nuts and wheat...
November 30, 2017: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29379280/airway-reactivity-to-mannitol-is-similarly-increased-in-chronic-cigarette-and-water-pipe-smokers
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Andreas Scherr, Jerome Schmidlin, Silvio Albisser, Michael Tamm, Daiana Stolz
Background: In contrast to cigarette smoking, the association between water pipe smoking and airway hyperresponsiveness remains widely unexplored. Methods: A bronchoprovocation challenge with mannitol was performed in young adults recruited at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Subjects were categorized as acute water pipe smokers (single episode of water pipe smoking, no or <0.5 pack-years cigarette smoking); chronic water pipe smokers (weekly for ≥4 weeks, no or <0...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318574/prophylactic-benefits-of-systemically-delivered-simvastatin-treatment-in-a-house-dust-mite-challenged-murine-model-of-allergic-asthma
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Aruni Jha, Min H Ryu, O O Ojo, Hilary J Bews, Jules C Carlson, Jacquie Schwartz, Sujata Basu, Charles S Wong, Andrew J Halayko
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Systemically delivered statins can blunt airway inflammation in ovalbumin-challenged mice; however, in asthma clinical trials the beneficial effects of introducing oral statins are not compelling. We aim to reconcile this discrepancy using a clinically relevant murine model of allergic asthma, and by including a prophylactic study arm. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Adult mice were: 1) challenged with house dust mite (HDM) alone or with subcutaneous (s...
January 10, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279787/acute-chest-syndrome-in-children-with-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Shilpa Jain, Nitya Bakshi, Lakshmanan Krishnamurti
Acute chest syndrome (ACS) is a frequent cause of acute lung disease in children with sickle cell disease (SCD). Patients may present with ACS or may develop this complication during the course of a hospitalization for acute vaso-occlusive crises (VOC). ACS is associated with prolonged hospitalization, increased risk of respiratory failure, and the potential for developing chronic lung disease. ACS in SCD is defined as the presence of fever and/or new respiratory symptoms accompanied by the presence of a new pulmonary infiltrate on chest X-ray...
December 1, 2017: Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273246/asthma
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REVIEW
Alberto Papi, Christopher Brightling, Søren E Pedersen, Helen K Reddel
Asthma-one of the most common chronic, non-communicable diseases in children and adults-is characterised by variable respiratory symptoms and variable airflow limitation. Asthma is a consequence of complex gene-environment interactions, with heterogeneity in clinical presentation and the type and intensity of airway inflammation and remodelling. The goal of asthma treatment is to achieve good asthma control-ie, to minimise symptom burden and risk of exacerbations. Anti-inflammatory and bronchodilator treatments are the mainstay of asthma therapy and are used in a stepwise approach...
December 19, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238240/the-effect-of-dpp-4-inhibitors-on-asthma-control-an-administrative-database-study-to-evaluate-a-potential-pathophysiological-relationship
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Gene Colice, David Price, Maria Gerhardsson de Verdier, Karma Rabon-Stith, Christopher Ambrose, Katherine Cappell, Debra E Irwin, Paul Juneau, Anna Vlahiotis
Rationale: DPP-4 may regulate immunological pathways implicated in asthma. Assessing whether DPP-4 inhibitor (DPP-4i) use might affect asthma control is clinically important because DPP-4i use in type 2 diabetes mellitus management (T2DM) is increasing. This study evaluated associations between DPP-4i use and asthma control. Methods: This was a retrospective, observational, matched cohort study using administrative claims in the MarketScan® Commercial Claims and Encounters (Commercial) and Medicare Supplemental and Coordination of Benefits (Medicare Supplemental) databases...
2017: Pragmatic and Observational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232988/does-antibiotic-treatment-duration-affect-the-outcomes-of-exacerbations-of-asthma-and-copd-a-systematic-review
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Marie Stolbrink, Jack Amiry, John D Blakey
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cause significant morbidity and mortality worldwide, primarily through exacerbations. Exacerbations are often treated with antibiotics but their optimal course duration is uncertain. Reducing antibiotic duration may influence antimicrobial resistance but risks treatment failure. The objective of this article is to review published literature to investigate whether shorter antibiotic therapy duration affects clinical outcomes in the treatment of asthma and COPD exacerbations...
January 1, 2017: Chronic Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229095/primary-immune-deficiency-diseases-as-unrecognized-causes-of-chronic-respiratory-disease
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REVIEW
Melvin Berger, Bob Geng, D William Cameron, Ladonna M Murphy, Edward S Schulman
BACKGROUND: More than half of all primary immune deficiency diseases (PIDD) affect antibody production and are well known as causes of recurrent sinusitis and lung infections. Chronic and recurrent infections of the upper and/or lower airways can contribute to inflammatory and obstructive processes in the lower airways which are initially reversible and considered "asthma", but can eventually cause irreversible remodeling and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Conversely, several lines of evidence suggest that many patients who present with a diagnosis of asthma have an increased incidence of infection, suggesting underlying host-defense defects...
November 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229087/who-s-at-risk-of-thunderstorm-asthma-the-ryegrass-pollen-trifecta-and-lessons-learnt-from-the-melbourne-thunderstorm-epidemic
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Joy Lee, Caroline Kronborg, Robyn E O'Hehir, Mark Hew
The Melbourne thunderstorm asthma epidemic in November 2016 was unprecedented in scale and impact. We systematically reviewed our hospital's patients with thunderstorm asthma to identify key risk factors. Of 85 adult patients assessed, the majority (60%) had no prior diagnosis of asthma. However, allergic rhinitis during the grass pollen season was almost universal (99%), as were ryegrass pollen sensitization (100%) and exposure to the outdoor environment during the thunderstorm (94%). Airborne pollen levels on the thunderstorm day were extreme...
November 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226507/age-is-the-only-predictor-of-small-decrease-in-lung-function-in-children-with-sickle-cell-anemia
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Shaina M Willen, Robyn Cohen, Mark Rodeghier, Fenella Kirkham, Susan S Redline, Carol Rosen, Jane Kirkby, Michael R DeBaun
The longitudinal pattern of lung function in children with sickle cell anemia (SCA) has shown a decrease in FEV1 % predicted, a risk factor for death in adults with SCA, but predictors for this decline are poorly characterized. In a prospective longitudinal multi-center cohort of children with SCA, we tested the hypotheses that: 1) FEV1 % predicted declines over time; and 2) SCA-specific characteristics and therapy predict this decline. At three clinical centers, children with SCA (HbSS or HbSβ0 thalassemia), unselected for respiratory disease, were enrolled in the Sleep and Asthma Cohort (SAC) study...
December 11, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200315/psychosocial-working-conditions-as-determinants-of-asthma-self-management-at-work-a-systematic-review
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Katherina Heinrichs, Peter Angerer, Adrian Loerbroks
OBJECTIVE: Asthma exerts a considerable impact on patients and their employers. While adequate self-management is able to improve patients' prognosis, its actual implementation in everyday life may depend on contextual factors. We aimed to review the literature on the potential determinants of asthma self-management at the workplace. DATA SOURCES: We systematically searched Medline and PsycINFO using terms related to the key concepts of interest (i.e., adult asthma, working conditions, and self-management)...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182799/inhaled-magnesium-sulfate-in-the-treatment-of-acute-asthma
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REVIEW
Rachel Knightly, Stephen J Milan, Rodney Hughes, Jennifer A Knopp-Sihota, Brian H Rowe, Rebecca Normansell, Colin Powell
BACKGROUND: Asthma exacerbations can be frequent and range in severity from mild to life-threatening. The use of magnesium sulfate (MgSO₄) is one of numerous treatment options available during acute exacerbations. While the efficacy of intravenous MgSO₄ has been demonstrated, the role of inhaled MgSO₄ is less clear. OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy and safety of inhaled MgSO₄ administered in acute asthma. SPECIFIC AIMS: to quantify the effects of inhaled MgSO₄ I) in addition to combination treatment with inhaled β₂-agonist and ipratropium bromide; ii) in addition to inhaled β₂-agonist; and iii) in comparison to inhaled β₂-agonist...
November 28, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166936/detection-of-pathogens-by-real-time-pcr-in-adult-patients-with-acute-exacerbation-of-bronchial-asthma
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Yutaka Yoshii, Kenichiro Shimizu, Miyuki Morozumi, Naoko Chiba, Kimiko Ubukata, Hironori Uruga, Shigeo Hanada, Hiroshi Wakui, Shunsuke Minagawa, Hiromichi Hara, Takanori Numata, Keisuke Saito, Jun Araya, Katsutoshi Nakayama, Kazuma Kishi, Kazuyoshi Kuwano
BACKGROUND: Respiratory tract infection is a major cause of acute exacerbation of bronchial asthma (AEBA). Although recent findings suggest that common bacteria are causally associated with AEBA, a comprehensive epidemiologic analysis of infectious pathogens including common/atypical bacteria and viruses in AEBA has not been performed. Accordingly, we attempted to detect pathogens during AEBA by using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in comparison to conventional methods. METHODS: We prospectively enroled adult patients with AEBA from August 2012 to March 2014...
November 22, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166367/smoke-free-policies-in-the-world-s-50-busiest-airports-august-2017
#18
Michael A Tynan, Elizabeth Reimels, Jennifer Tucker, Brian A King
Exposure to secondhand smoke from burning tobacco products causes premature death and disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer among nonsmoking adults and sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, exacerbated asthma, respiratory symptoms, and decreased lung function in children (1,2). The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke (1). Previous CDC reports on airport smoke-free policies found that most large-hub airports in the United States prohibit smoking (3); however, the extent of smoke-free policies at airports globally has not been assessed...
November 24, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165600/missed-opportunities-to-identify-occupational-asthma-in-acute-secondary-care
#19
P R Ellis, G I Walters
Background: Occupational asthma (OA) accounts for one in six cases of new-onset adult asthma. Despite this it remains under-recognized in the UK. Delayed and missed diagnoses of OA lead to poor health outcomes for workers at significant cost to the UK economy. The burden of occupational aetiology on hospital admissions with asthma is not known. Aims: To measure how frequently medical professionals consider occupational aetiology in patients presenting to secondary care with acute asthma symptoms...
November 18, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162728/evaluating-the-value-of-the-respiratory-therapist-where-is-the-evidence-focus-on-the-barnes-jewish-hospital-experience
#20
Marin H Kollef
Currently, >20 million people in the United States have asthma, and approximately 15 million adults have been diagnosed with COPD, with approximately the same number not yet having been diagnosed with this condition. Moreover, the overall burden of respiratory diseases is still increasing, in part due to environmental factors, such as air pollution. At the same time, the number of patients requiring hospitalization as well as the number of individuals admitted to ICUs from emergency departments has been on the rise over the last decade...
December 2017: Respiratory Care
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