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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053970/leukotriene-b4-levels-in-sputum-from-asthma-patients
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Andrew Higham, Paul Cadden, Thomas Southworth, Matthew Rossall, Umme Kolsum, Simon Lea, Richard Knowles, Dave Singh
Poor asthma control is associated with increased airway neutrophils. Leukotriene B4 (LTB4) is a potent neutrophil chemoattractant. We examined the levels of LTB4 levels in the sputum of asthma patients and the relationship with disease severity. 47 asthma patients (categorised according to Global Initiative for Asthma treatment stage) and 12 healthy controls provided sputum samples that were processed first with PBS to obtain supernatants and secondly with dithiothreitol (DTT) to obtain supernatants. LTB4 levels were determined by ELISA...
October 2016: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052185/early-administration-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-for-preventing-chronic-lung-disease-in-very-low-birth-weight-preterm-neonates
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REVIEW
Vibhuti S Shah, Arne Ohlsson, Henry L Halliday, Michael Dunn
BACKGROUND: Chronic lung disease (CLD) remains a common complication among preterm infants. There is increasing evidence that inflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of CLD. Due to their strong anti-inflammatory properties, corticosteroids are an attractive intervention strategy. However, there are growing concerns regarding short- and long-term effects of systemic corticosteroids. Theoretically, administration of inhaled corticosteroids may allow for beneficial effects on the pulmonary system with a lower risk of undesirable systemic side effects...
January 4, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977844/paracetamol-acetaminophen-or-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-alone-or-combined-for-pain-relief-in-acute-otitis-media-in-children
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REVIEW
Alies Sjoukes, Roderick P Venekamp, Alma C van de Pol, Alastair D Hay, Paul Little, Anne Gm Schilder, Roger Amj Damoiseaux
BACKGROUND: Acute otitis media (AOM) is one of the most common childhood infectious diseases and a significant reason for antibiotic prescriptions in children worldwide. Pain from middle ear infection and pressure behind the eardrum is the key symptom of AOM. Ear pain is central to children's and parents' experience of the illness. Because antibiotics provide only marginal benefits, analgesic treatment including paracetamol (acetaminophen) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is regarded as the cornerstone of AOM management in children...
15, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940717/inhaled-corticosteroids-for-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Eric S Shinwell, Igor Portnov, Joerg J Meerpohl, Tanja Karen, Dirk Bassler
CONTEXT: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in preterm infants remains a major health burden despite many therapeutic interventions. Inhaled corticosteroids (IC) may be a safe and effective therapy. OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety and efficacy of IC for prevention or treatment of BPD or death in preterm infants. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, the Cochrane Library, Embase, and CINAHL from their inception until November 2015 together with other relevant sources...
December 2016: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935933/comprehensive-diabetes-and-non-communicable-disease-educator-in-the-low-resource-settings
#5
M D Bhattarai
The role of self-management education in diabetes and other major non-communicable diseases is clearly evident. To take care of and educate people with diabetes and other major NCD under the supervision of medical professionals and for education of other health care professionals, Comprehensive Diabetes and NCD Educators are needed in the routine service in peripheral health clinics and hospitals. The areas of training of CDNCD educator should match with the cost-effective interventions for diabetes and other major NCD that are feasible and planned for implementation in primary care in the low resource settings...
April 2016: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931289/measures-to-reduce-maintenance-therapy-with-oral-corticosteroid-in-adults-with-severe-asthma
#6
Vivi Q Nguyen, Charlotte S Ulrik
BACKGROUND: Maintenance therapy with oral corticosteroid (OCS) is used, although not based on evidence, for patients with severe asthma, but OCS is associated with serious adverse effects; therefore, management strategies aimed at steroid sparing are important. OBJECTIVE: To provide an update on the evidence for OCS-sparing strategies in adults with severe asthma. METHODS: A systematic literature review in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines...
November 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923549/assessing-the-value-of-mepolizumab-for-severe-eosinophilic-asthma-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Melanie D Whittington, R Brett McQueen, Daniel A Ollendorf, Jeffrey A Tice, Richard H Chapman, Steven D Pearson, Jonathan D Campbell
BACKGROUND: Adding mepolizumab to standard treatment with inhaled corticosteroids and controller medications could decrease asthma exacerbations and use of long-term oral steroids in patients with severe disease and increased eosinophils; however, mepolizumab is costly and its cost effectiveness is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the cost effectiveness of mepolizumab. METHODS: A Markov model was used to determine the incremental cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) gained for mepolizumab plus standard of care (SoC) and for SoC alone...
December 3, 2016: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913746/anti-trachea-inflammatory-effects-of-diosgenin-from-dioscorea-nipponica-through-interactions-with-glucocorticoid-receptor-%C3%AE
#8
Yang Junchao, Wang Zhen, Wang Yuan, Xu Liying, Jiang Libin, Zhu Yuanhong, Zhao Wei, Chen Ruilin, Zhai Lu
Asthma is a heterogeneous disease characterized by symptoms of chronic inflammation and airway structural and functional changes. It affects about 300 million people worldwide and causes 250 000 deaths annually, but its symptoms can be greatly relieved by regular use of inhaled glucocorticoids (GCs). GCs exert their function through interacting with glucocorticoid receptors (GRs). Diosgenin is a naturally occurring steroidal saponin abundantly present in many medicinal plants, including Dioscorea nipponica, which shares a similar steroidal structure with GC...
December 2, 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912982/should-recommendations-about-starting-inhaled-corticosteroid-treatment-for-mild-asthma-be-based-on-symptom-frequency-a-post-hoc-efficacy-analysis-of-the-start-study
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Helen K Reddel, William W Busse, Søren Pedersen, Wan C Tan, Yu-Zhi Chen, Carin Jorup, Dan Lythgoe, Paul M O'Byrne
BACKGROUND: Low-dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are highly effective for reducing asthma exacerbations and mortality. Conventionally, ICS treatment is recommended for patients with symptoms on more than 2 days per week, but this criterion has scant evidence. We aimed to assess the validity of the previous symptom-based cutoff for starting ICS by establishing whether there was a differential response to budesonide versus placebo for severe asthma exacerbations, lung function, and asthma symptom control across subgroups identified by baseline asthma symptom frequency...
November 29, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906108/heme-oxygenase-and-carbon-monoxide-protect-from-muscle-dystrophy
#10
Mun Chun Chan, Olivia Ziegler, Laura Liu, Glenn C Rowe, Saumya Das, Leo E Otterbein, Zoltan Arany
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscle dystrophy (DMD) is one of the most common lethal genetic diseases of children worldwide and is 100% fatal. Steroids, the only therapy currently available, are marred by poor efficacy and a high side-effect profile. New therapeutic approaches are urgently needed. METHODS: Here, we leverage PGC-1α, a powerful transcriptional coactivator known to protect against dystrophy in the mdx murine model of DMD, to search for novel mechanisms of protection against dystrophy...
November 28, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889361/adult-bronchiectasis-patients-a-first-look-at-the-united-states-bronchiectasis-research-registry
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Timothy R Aksamit, Anne E O'Donnell, Alan Barker, Kenneth N Olivier, Kevin L Winthrop, M Leigh Anne Daniels, Margaret Johnson, Edward Eden, David Griffith, Michael Knowles, Mark Metersky, Matthias Salathe, Byron Thomashow, Gregory Tino, Gerard Turino, Betsy Carretta, Charles L Daley
OBJECTIVE: We sought to describe the characteristics of adult bronchiectasis patients enrolled in the United States Bronchiectasis Research Registry (BRR). METHODS: The BRR is a database of non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis (NCFB) patients enrolled at 13 sites within the United States. Baseline demographic, spirometric, imaging, microbiologic, and therapeutic data were entered into a central web-based database. Patients were subsequently analyzed by the presence NTM...
November 23, 2016: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888821/effect-of-adenoid-hypertrophy-and-pulmonary-function-tests-in-children-with-mild-asthma
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Merve Aykan, Sedat Aydın, Sedat Öktem, Mehmet Gökhan Demir, Engin Tutar
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to assess the effect of adenoid hypertrophy on asthma in children with mild asthma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between September 2010 and September 2012, 63 children (42 males, 21 females; median age 10.5 years; range 6 to 14 years) admitted to our clinic with asthma complaint were included in this study. These children were evaluated for adenoid hypertrophy, symptoms of asthma, medical treatment, pulmonary function tests at the beginning of the study and at the end of second month...
September 2016: Kulak Burun Boğaz Ihtisas Dergisi: KBB, Journal of Ear, Nose, and Throat
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885562/respiratory-syncytial-virus-and-influenza-are-the-key-viral-pathogens-in-children-2%C3%A2-years-hospitalized-with-bronchiolitis-and-pneumonia-in-islamabad-pakistan
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Uzma Bashir, Nadia Nisar, Yasir Arshad, Muhammad Masroor Alam, Asiya Ashraf, Hajra Sadia, Birjees Mazher Kazi, Syed Sohail Zahoor Zaidi
Pneumonia remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Comprehensive surveillance data are needed to review the prevention and control strategies. We conducted active surveillance of acute lower respiratory infections among children aged <2 years hospitalized at two hospitals of Islamabad, Pakistan. Viral etiology was determined using real-time PCR on respiratory specimens collected during March 2011-April 2012. The overall mean age was 7.83 ± 5.25 months while no statistical difference between age or sex distribution of patients with positive and negative viral etiology (p > 0...
November 24, 2016: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885206/long-term-follow-up-of-a-case-of-apple-allergy-with-systemic-symptoms-through-oral-food-challenges
#14
Tomoyuki Asaumi, Sakura Sato, Noriyuki Yanagida, Mikita Yamamoto, Motohiro Ebisawa
To our knowledge, there are no previous reports of apple allergy with systemic symptoms for which repeated oral food challenges were performed over a long follow-up. The patient was an 8-year-old boy with hay fever. He visited our hospital because of nasal drop, itchy eyes, and dyspnea after lunch every two months for 2 years. Apple allergy was suspected through his medical interview and specific immunoglobulin (Ig) E levels, and he consequently underwent an oral food challenge test. Ninety minutes after ingestion of one whole apple, he experienced coughing, nasal drop, eyelid edema, and conjunctival injection...
2016: Arerugī, [Allergy]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877033/combination-therapy-of-inhaled-steroids-and-long-acting-beta2-agonists-in-asthma-copd-overlap-syndrome
#15
Suh-Young Lee, Hye Yun Park, Eun Kyung Kim, Seong Yong Lim, Chin Kook Rhee, Yong Il Hwang, Yeon-Mok Oh, Sang Do Lee, Yong Bum Park
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs)/long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) treatment in patients with asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap syndrome (ACOS) compared to patients with COPD alone has rarely been examined. This study aimed to evaluate the clinical efficacy for the improvement of lung function after ICS/LABA treatment in patients with ACOS compared to COPD alone patients. METHODS: Patients with stable COPD were selected from the Korean Obstructive Lung Disease (KOLD) cohort...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867663/dry-powder-inhalers-a-focus-on-advancements-in-novel-drug-delivery-systems
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REVIEW
Piyush Mehta
Administration of drug molecules by inhalation route for treatment of respiratory diseases has the ability to deliver drugs, hormones, nucleic acids, steroids, proteins, and peptides, particularly to the site of action, improving the efficacy of the treatment and consequently lessening adverse effects of the treatment. Numerous inhalation delivery systems have been developed and studied to treat respiratory diseases such as asthma, COPD, and other pulmonary infections. The progress of disciplines such as biomaterials science, nanotechnology, particle engineering, molecular biology, and cell biology permits further improvement of the treatment capability...
2016: Journal of Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867307/adequate-vitamin-d-intake-but-low-serum-levels-in-pediatric-asthma-patients-a-pilot-study-alberta-children-s-hospital
#17
Sarah Howe McKenna, Tanis R Fenton, Mary Noseworthy, Mark Anselmo
Background. We assessed vitamin D intakes and serum 25(OH) vitamin D levels in pediatric asthma patients on moderate-to-high dose inhaled steroids and compared them to published findings of healthy children in our city. Methods. Parents and/or patients were interviewed to estimate the children's vitamin D intakes from foods and supplements (using an adapted validated food frequency questionnaire) and asthma duration and management. Vitamin D status: serum 25-hyroxy vitamin D (25(OH)D) was obtained from the medical records...
2016: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856137/therapeutic-hypothermia-and-inhalation-anesthesia-in-a-patient-with-severe-pneumococcal-meningitis-and-secondary-cardiac-arrest
#18
Nejc Bukovnik, Andrej Markota, Tomaž Velnar, Janez Rebol, Andreja Sinkovič
Therapeutic hypothermia was associated with increased mortality in patients with severe bacterial meningitis in a large randomized trial. It still remains a treatment strategy for comatose survivors of cardiac arrest. There are several potential advantages of inhalational anesthetics as long-term sedation agents compared to intravenous sedation, however, uncontrollable increases of intracranial pressure were observed in neurocritical patients. Here we present a patient with severe bacterial meningitis and secondary cardiac arrest where therapeutic hypothermia and inhalational anesthesia were successfully used...
November 2, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852250/impaired-anti-inflammatory-action-of-glucocorticoid-in-neutrophil-from-patients-with-steroid-resistant-asthma
#19
Meijia Wang, Pengfei Gao, Xiaojie Wu, Yuetao Chen, Yikuan Feng, Qun Yang, Yongjian Xu, Jianping Zhao, Jungang Xie
BACKGROUND: Steroid resistant (SR) asthma is characterized by persistent airway inflammation that fails to resolve despite treatment with high doses of corticosteroids. Furthermore, SR patient airways show increased numbers neutrophils, which are less responsive to glucocorticoid. The present study seeks to determine whether dexamethasone (DEX) has different effect on neutrophils from steroid sensitive (SS) asthmatics compared to SR asthmatics. METHODS: Adults with asthma (n = 38) were classified as SR or SS based on changes in lung FEV1% following a one-month inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) treatment...
November 16, 2016: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836376/-new-drugs-for-severe-asthma
#20
Caroline Sattler, Roxane Malrin, Gilles Garcia, Marc Humbert
Asthma is a very frequent disease with complex and heterogenous immunological and clinical features. Daily inhaled steroids are the cornerstone of the current therapeutics sometimes associated with long-acting β2-agonist. This controller treatment is effective and allows to control asthma symptoms for the vast majority of the patients. Severe asthma is characterized by a poor level of control of symptoms, with recurrent exacerbations or a chronic airflow limitation despite an optimal management. Severe asthma remains a difficult diagnosis but we have now studies proving the clinical efficacy or promising data about monoclonal antibodies targeting IgE, IL-5, IL-4 or IL-13...
November 2016: La Presse Médicale
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