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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206057/school-nurse-asthma-program-reduces-healthcare-utilization-in-children-with-persistent-asthma
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Michelle Trivedi, Janki Patel, Darleen Lessard, Ted Kremer, Nancy Byatt, Wanda Phipatanakul, Lori Pbert, Robert Goldberg
OBJECTIVE: We examined the impact of a novel, school nurse-supervised asthma therapy program on healthcare utilization. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed charts of 84 children enrolled in this program in central Massachusetts between 2012 and 2015. Physicians identified children with persistent asthma and poor medication adherence. These children were enrolled in the program to receive daily-inhaled corticosteroid at school, supervised by their school nurse, with ongoing communication between physician's office and school nurse through the school year...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142562/drug-poisoning-and-associated-factors-in-western-saudi-arabia-a-five-year-retrospective-chart-review-2011-2016
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Sami H Alzahrani, Ali H Alqahtani, Fayssal Mostafa Farahat, Mohammed Abdel Galil Elnour, Jamil Bashawri
Objective: Drug poisoning is a globally common cause of emergency-room admissions. This study explores drug-poisoning prevalence patterns, associated risk factors (gender, age and exposure circumstances), and outcomes in western Saudi Arabia. Methods: Retrospective analysis of Clinical drug poisoning cases (2011-2016). The data were retrieved from the Saudi Ministry of Health's record and Patients' medical charts were analyzed. Results: The Ministry of Health received 1,474 reports of drug poisoning during 2011-2016...
September 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130617/dendritic-cell-phenotype-in-severe-asthma-reflects-clinical-responsiveness-to-glucocorticoids
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Emma S Chambers, Alexandra M Nanzer, Paul E Pfeffer, David F Richards, Adrian R Martineau, Christopher J Griffiths, Christopher J Corrigan, Catherine M Hawrylowicz
BACKGROUND: Subsets of patients with severe asthma remain symptomatic despite prolonged, high dosage glucocorticoid therapy. We hypothesised that the clinical glucocorticoid sensitivity of these asthmatics is reflected in differences in peripheral blood dendritic cell subsets. OBJECTIVE: To compare peripheral blood leukocyte populations using flow cytometry at baseline and after 2 weeks of systemic glucocorticoid (steroid) treatment to identify immunological differences between steroid sensitive (SS) and steroid resistant (SR) asthmatics...
November 11, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121247/prediction-of-individual-outcomes-for-asthma-sufferers
#4
B Storlie Curtis, E Branda Megan, R Gionfriddo Michael, D Shah Nilay, A Rank Matthew
We consider the problem of individual-specific medication level recommendation (initiation, removal, increase, or decrease) for asthma sufferers. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in both adults and children, affecting 8% of the US population and costing $37-63 billion/year in the United States of America. Asthma is a complex disease, whose symptoms may wax and wane, making it difficult for clinicians to predict outcomes and prognosis. Improved ability to predict prognosis can inform decision making and may promote conversations between clinician and provider around optimizing medication therapy...
November 6, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29072231/evaluation-of-drug-utilization-pattern-for-patients-of-bronchial-asthma-in-a-government-hospital-of-saudi-arabia
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M M Rafeeq, Has Murad
BACKGROUND: Bronchial asthma is a social and economic healthcare burden. Drug utilization studies are important tools to assess current prescription practices against standard guidelines and help in rationalizing the management. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective cross-sectional study was designed to evaluate the pattern of drug utilization in bronchial asthma patients in a government hospital of Saudi Arabia. Retrospective prescribing information of patients of all ages and both sexes diagnosed with bronchial asthma being treated with at least one of the anti-asthmatic medications was utilized...
September 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042809/implementation-of-gina-guidelines-in-asthma-management-by-primary-care-physicians-in-vietnam
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Vinh Nhu Nguyen, Quynh Nhat Nguyen, Pham Le An, Niels H Chavannes
BACKGROUND: Asthma control is suboptimal in Vietnam. Lack of knowledge of primary care physicians (PCPs) for asthma management may potentially be one of the causes. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge and practice of PCPs' asthma management based on the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guidelines (2015 update). METHODS: A cross-sectional study with convenience sampling was conducted among PCPs in an urban and rural area of Vietnam using questionnaires related to asthma patients daily practice: use of spirometry and the asthma control test (ACT), prescription of asthma medications, and frequency of consultations...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040053/periostin-as-a-biomarker-for-nasal-polyps-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis
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Alice Z Maxfield, Lukas D Landegger, Christopher D Brook, Ashton E Lehmann, Adam P Campbell, Regan W Bergmark, Konstantina M Stankovic, Ralph Metson
Objective Periostin is an extracellular matrix protein that is elevated in the sinonasal tissues of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). The purpose of this study was to determine whether serum periostin could serve as a molecular biomarker of nasal polyp burden in sinonasal disease. Study Design Prospective cohort study. Setting Academic medical center. Subjects and Methods Serum periostin levels were measured by ELISA on blood samples collected from patients undergoing sinus surgery for CRS (n = 71), further stratified by phenotype as defined by nasal polyps and asthma...
October 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034999/home-supply-of-emergency-oral-steroids-and-reduction-in-asthma-healthcare-utilization
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Lisa M Sarzynski, Tiffany Turner, David R Stukus, Elizabeth Allen
OBJECTIVE: To determine if children with moderate-to-severe persistent asthma have decreased healthcare utilization after receiving a prescription and instructions to use an at home emergency supply of oral steroids during asthma exacerbations. METHODS: A quasi-experimental design study with a historical control from retrospective chart review was performed for patients aged 2-18 years seen in a tertiary care pediatric pulmonary clinic for moderate to severe persistent asthma...
October 16, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027379/impact-of-omalizumab-in-children-from-a-middle-income-country-with-severe-therapy-resistant-asthma-a-real-life-study
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Paulo M Pitrez, Rodrigo G de Souza, Cristian Roncada, Joao P Heinzmann-Filho, Giovana Santos, Leonardo A Pinto, Marcus H Jones, Renato T Stein
BACKGROUND: Severe asthma in children is a global health problem. Severe therapy-resistant asthma (STRA) in children is a major clinical challenge due to persistent symptoms despite high doses of corticosteroids and results in high public health costs. Omalizumab (anti-IgE monoclonal antibody) has been described as an effective add-on therapy in these patients. The characteristics of children with STRA from low- and middle-income countries have scarcely been reported, and no real-life study has been published on the effects of omalizumab in this group of patients...
November 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972652/shared-decision-making-for-people-with-asthma
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REVIEW
Kayleigh M Kew, Poonam Malik, Krishnan Aniruddhan, Rebecca Normansell
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the airways and is common in both adults and children. It is characterised by symptoms including wheeze, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and cough. People with asthma may be helped to manage their condition through shared decision-making (SDM). SDM involves at least two participants (the medical practitioner and the patient) and mutual sharing of information, including the patient's values and preferences, to build consensus about favoured treatment that culminates in an agreed action...
October 3, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968051/gps-have-key-role-in-improving-outcomes-in-acute-asthma
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Helen L Grover, Bernard G Higgins
Asthma deaths in the UK remain among the highest in Europe. The 2014 National Review of Asthma Deaths looked at detailed data over a 12-month period assessing 195 patients who died from asthma and highlighted the avoidable factors in patient deaths. Although faults were found in secondary care, many of the problems related to poor management of patients in the community, both in terms of regular surveillance and assessment and treatment at the onset of attacks. Features which indicate a high risk of severe attacks include: previous admission to intensive care, particularly if requiring mechanical ventilation; previous admission with asthma especially in the past year or repeated emergency admissions; history of worsening asthma in January or February; use of three or more classes of asthma medication; heavy use of beta-2 agonists; anxiety traits; and marital stress...
November 2016: Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932614/acute-low-dose-hydralazine-induced-lupus-pneumonitis
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Sarah K Holman, Donique Parris, Sarah Meyers, Jason Ramirez
A 35-year-old female was started on hydralazine 10 mg orally three times a day for treatment of postpartum hypertension. Three months later, after multiple unsuccessful courses of prednisone and antibiotics for presumed pneumonia and asthma exacerbations, her respiratory symptoms progressed in severity and she developed resting hypoxia. Previous diagnostic work-up included spirometry with a restrictive pattern, chest CT showing bilateral basilar consolidation, negative BAL, and nonspecific findings on lung biopsy of mild inflammatory cells...
2017: Case Reports in Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892418/shared-decision-making-and-time-to-exacerbation-in-children-with-asthma
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Tsai-Ling Liu, Yhenneko J Taylor, Rohan Mahabaleshwarkar, Christopher M Blanchette, Hazel Tapp, Michael F Dulin
OBJECTIVE: Although shared decision making (SDM) is a promising approach for improving outcomes for patients with chronic diseases, no evidence currently supports the use of SDM to delay asthma exacerbations. We evaluated the impact of an SDM intervention implemented by providers in a real-world setting on time to exacerbation in children with asthma. METHODS: This study used a prospective cohort observed between 2011 and 2013 at five primary care practices that serve vulnerable populations (e...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884990/evaluation-of-asthma-control-in-the-pharmacy-an-italian-cross-sectional-study
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M Caminati, G Senna, N Segala, M Bacchini, G Stefanizzi, C Bovo, M Schiappoli, G W Canonica, G Passalacqua
Background. In Western countries a large proportion of asthmatic patients remain uncontrolled, despite the availability of effective drugs. An involvement of pharmacies / pharmacists in asthma management has been suggested in guidelines, since this could provide a relevant support. Objective. The present cross-sectional study aimed at assessing the level of asthma control, by using ACT questionnaire, in the community pharmacies in the County of Verona, North East of Italy. Methods. A call for participation was sent by Verona Pharmacists' Association to all the pharmacies located in the Verona municipality...
September 2017: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862416/role-and-challenges-of-severe-asthma-services-insights-from-the-uk-registry
#15
REVIEW
Giuseppe F Sferrazza Papa, Manlio Milanese, Fabrizio M Facchini, Ilaria Baiardini
Severe bronchial asthma affects at least 5% of the asthmatic population and remains a clinical challenge. Data from the UK National Registry for Severe Asthma suggest that dedicated centers may improve asthma control, quality of life, reduce healthcare use and oral steroid burden. A multidisciplinary approach through complete lung function evaluation, optimization of adherence to treatment and immunological characterization are key issues to improve patients' care. In this paper, we provide an overview of the challenges of managing patients with severe asthma and the role of dedicated services...
June 2017: Minerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859150/the-real-world-effect-of-omalizumab-add-on-therapy-for-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-allergic-asthma-the-asterix-observational-study
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Mohit Bhutani, William H Yang, Jacques Hébert, Frederica de Takacsy, Jean-Louis Stril
BACKGROUND: Omalizumab is a non-steroidal medication indicated for the treatment of poorly controlled moderate-to-severe allergic asthmatics. This observational study examines the "real world" effectiveness of omalizumab in this population. METHODS: This is a one year open-label observational study that compared clinical outcomes including total oral corticosteroid use, exacerbation history, measures of quality of life and inflammation in patients with moderate-to-severe allergic asthma, who were prescribed omalizumab as part of their treatment with the year prior to therapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836990/wound-healing-effect-of-euphorbia-hirta-linn-euphorbiaceae-in-alloxan-induced-diabetic-rats
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Riazul Haque Tuhin, Marium Begum, Sohanur Rahman, Rubaba Karim, Taslima Begum, Siraj Uddin Ahmed, Ronia Mostofa, Amir Hossain, Mohamed Abdel-Daim, Rayhana Begum
BACKGROUND: Euphorbia hirta linn., is a species of Euphorbiaceae family. They are known as asthma plant, barokhervi. The plant E. hirta is famous for its medicinal importance among the tribal population. It is a common practice to use the whole to heal wounds. Several pharmacological properties including antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antidibetic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anticonvulsant, nootropic, antifertility and aphrodisiac properties have already been reported for this plant...
August 24, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752776/efficacy-and-safety-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-relative-to-fluticasone-propionate-a-systematic-review-of-randomized-controlled-trials-in-asthma
#18
See-Hwee Yeo, Bhumika Aggarwal, Sumitra Shantakumar, Aruni Mulgirigama, Peter Daley-Yates
Many trials have been published comparing inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) treatments in asthma. However, mixed results necessitate the summarization of available evidence to aid in decision-making. Areas covered: This systematic review evaluated randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that compared the efficacy and safety of inhaled fluticasone propionate (FP) with other ICS including beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP), budesonide (BUD) and ciclesonide (CIC). PubMed was searched and 54 RCTs that fit pre-determined criteria were included...
August 4, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738364/risk-factors-for-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-adults-a-systematic-review-of-observational-studies
#19
Jordi Almirall, Mateu Serra-Prat, Ignasi Bolíbar, Valentina Balasso
We performed a systematic review of the literature to establish conclusive evidence of risk factors for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). Observational studies (cross-sectional, case-control, and cohort studies) the primary outcome of which was to assess risk factors for CAP in both hospitalized and ambulatory adult patients with radiologically confirmed pneumonia were selected. The Newcastle-Ottawa Scale specific for cohort and case-control designs was used for quality assessment. Twenty-nine studies (20 case-control, 8 cohort, and 1 cross-sectional) were selected, with 44...
2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662193/prescription-of-oral-short-acting-beta-2-agonist-for-asthma-in-non-resource-poor-settings-a-national-study-in-malaysia
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May Chien Chin, Sheamini Sivasampu, Ee Ming Khoo
OBJECTIVE: Use of oral short-acting beta 2-agonist (SABA) persists in non-resource poor countries despite concerns for its lower efficacy and safety. Utilisation and reasons for such use is needed to support the effort to discourage the use of oral SABA in asthma. This study examined the frequency of oral short-acting Beta 2-agonist (SABA) usage in the management of asthma in primary care and determined correlates of its usage. METHODS: Data used were from the 2014 National Medical Care Survey in Malaysia, a nationally representative survey of primary care encounters (weighted n = 325818)...
2017: PloS One
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