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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435488/clinician-performed-bedside-ultrasound-in-improving-diagnostic-accuracy-in-patients-presenting-to-the-ed-with-acute-dyspnea
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Dimitrios Papanagnou, Michael Secko, John Gullett, Michael Stone, Shahriar Zehtabchi
INTRODUCTION: Diagnosing acute dyspnea is a critical action performed by emergency physicians (EP). It has been shown that ultrasound (US) can be incorporated into the work-up of the dyspneic patient; but there is little data demonstrating its effect on decision-making. We sought to examine the impact of a bedside, clinician-performed cardiopulmonary US protocol on the clinical impression of EPs evaluating dyspneic patients, and to measure the change in physician confidence with the leading diagnosis before and after US...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431562/effects-of-the-common-polymorphism-in-the-human-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-2-aldh2-gene-on-the-lung
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Aoi Kuroda, Ahmed E Hegab, Gao Jingtao, Shuji Yamashita, Nobuyuki Hizawa, Tohru Sakamoto, Hideyasu Yamada, Satoshi Suzuki, Makoto Ishii, Ho Namkoong, Takanori Asakura, Mari Ozaki, Hiroyuki Yasuda, Junko Hamamoto, Shizuko Kagawa, Kenzo Soejima, Tomoko Betsuyaku
BACKGROUND: Aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDHs) play a major role in detoxification of aldehydes. High expression of ALDHs is a marker for stem cells of many organs including the lungs. A common polymorphism in ALDH2 gene (ALDH2*2) results in inactivation of the enzyme and is associated with alcohol flushing syndrome and increased risk for cardiovascular and Alzheimer's diseases and some cancers. The effect of this ALDH2 polymorphism on the lung and its stem cells has not been thoroughly examined...
April 21, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430773/is-dexamethasone-as-effective-as-other-corticosteroids-for-acute-asthma-exacerbation-in-children
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Gonzalo A Bravo-Soto, Constanza Harismendy, Pamela Rojas, Rodrigo Silva, Pamela von Borries
Dexamethasone has been proposed as an alternative in the treatment of acute asthma exacerbation in children. It allows shortening the duration of treatment, reducing costs and adverse effects. However, it is not clear whether its efficacy is similar to the traditional steroid regimen. To answer this question, we searched in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening multiple information sources. We identified six systematic reviews including 10 randomized trials. We extracted data, conducted a meta-analysis and generated a summary of findings table using the GRADE approach...
April 18, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424616/whole-blood-cytokine-response-to-local-traffic-related-particulate-matter-in-peruvian-children-with-and-without-asthma
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Jesse P Negherbon, Karina Romero, D'Ann L Williams, Rafael E Guerrero-Preston, Thomas Hartung, Alan L Scott, Patrick N Breysse, William Checkley, Nadia N Hansel
This study sought to investigate if acute phase immune responses of whole blood from Peruvian children with controlled and uncontrolled asthma differed from children without asthma, following exposure to traffic-related particulate matter (TRPM). TRPM, including particulate matter from diesel combustion, has been shown to stimulate acute airway inflammation in individuals with and without asthma. For this study, a whole blood assay (WBA) was used to test peripheral whole blood samples from 27 children with asthma, and 12 without asthma...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422268/housing-conditions-and-respiratory-hospitalizations-among-first-nations-people-in-canada
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Gisèle M Carrière, Rochelle Garner, Claudia Sanmartin
BACKGROUND: Respiratory diseases are among the leading causes of acute care hospitalization for First Nations people. Poor housing conditions are associated with respiratory disorders and may be related to the likelihood of hospitalization. This analysis examines whether First Nations identity is associated with higher odds of hospitalization for respiratory conditions relative to non-Aboriginal persons, and whether such differences in hospitalization rates remain after consideration of housing conditions...
April 19, 2017: Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416251/initial-asthma-severity-assessment-tools-as-predictors-of-hospitalization
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Natalia Paniagua, Amaia Elosegi, Isabel Duo, Ana Fernandez, Elisa Mojica, Lorea Martinez-Indart, Santiago Mintegi, Javier Benito
BACKGROUND: Assessment tools to classify and prioritize patients, such as systems of triage, and indicators of severity, such as clinical respiratory scores, are helpful in guiding the flow of asthmatic patients in the emergency department. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to assess the performance of the Pediatric Assessment Triangle (PAT), triage level (TL), Pulmonary Score (PS), and initial O2 saturation (O2 sat), in predicting hospitalization in pediatric acute asthma exacerbations...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416135/all-the-rage-in-lung-disease-the-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-endproducts-rage-is-a-major-mediator-of-pulmonary-inflammatory-responses
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Elizabeth A Oczypok, Timothy N Perkins, Tim D Oury
The receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE) is a pro-inflammatory pattern recognition receptor (PRR) that has been implicated in the pathogenesis of numerous inflammatory diseases. It was discovered in 1992 on endothelial cells and was named for its ability to bind advanced glycation endproducts and promote vascular inflammation in the vessels of patients with diabetes. Further studies revealed that RAGE is most highly expressed in lung tissue and spurred numerous explorations into RAGE's role in the lung...
March 18, 2017: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409741/impact-of-comorbidities-among-medicaid-enrollees-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-united-states-2009
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Gloria Westney, Marilyn G Foreman, Junjun Xu, Marshaleen Henriques King, Eric Flenaugh, George Rust
INTRODUCTION: Multimorbidity, the presence of 2 or more chronic conditions, frequently affects people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Many have high-cost, highly complex conditions that have a substantial impact on state Medicaid programs. We quantified the cost of Medicaid-insured patients with COPD co-diagnosed with other chronic disorders. METHODS: We used nationally representative Medicaid claims data to analyze the impact of comorbidities (other chronic conditions) on the disease burden, emergency department (ED) use, hospitalizations, and total health care costs among 291,978 adult COPD patients...
April 13, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407829/-application-of-pulmonary-function-and-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-tests-in-the-standardized-management-of-bronchial-asthma-in-children
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Hui-Qin Zhang, Hui-Qin Zhang, Jing-Jing Zhang, Yu-Dong Liu, Yue-Lin Deng, Jian-Feng Luo, Huan-Hong Niu, Xin Sun
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the changes of pulmonary function and fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) in the standardized treatment of bronchial asthma in children. METHODS: A total of 254 children who were newly diagnosed with acute exacerbation of bronchial asthma were selected as asthma group, and they were divided into two subgroups: asthma with concurrent rhinitis and asthma without concurrent rhinitis. All patients received the standardized management and treatment for one year...
April 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401936/bmal1-links-the-circadian-clock-to-viral-airway-pathology-and-asthma-phenotypes
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A Ehlers, W Xie, E Agapov, S Brown, D Steinberg, R Tidwell, G Sajol, R Schutz, R Weaver, H Yu, M Castro, L B Bacharier, X Wang, M J Holtzman, J A Haspel
Patients with asthma experience circadian variations in their symptoms. However it remains unclear how specific aspects of this common airway disease relate to clock genes, which are critical to the generation of circadian rhythms in mammals. Here, we used a viral model of acute and chronic airway disease to examine how circadian clock disruption affects asthmatic lung phenotypes. Deletion of the core clock gene bmal1 or environmental disruption of circadian function by jet lag exacerbated acute viral bronchiolitis caused by Sendai virus (SeV) and influenza A virus in mice...
April 12, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400693/ludwig-s-angina-a-nightmare-worsened-by-adverse-drug-reaction-to-antibiotics
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Mohamed Hisham, Mundilipalayam N Sivakumar, R S Senthil Kumar, P Nandakumar
A 52-year-old obese gentleman presented to the hospital with complaints of fever and shortness of breath for 10 days. He was admitted in the ward and treated for acute exacerbation of asthma. He was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for persistent fever, neck swelling, airway obstruction and desaturation. Ludwig's angina was suspected and computed tomography of neck confirmed it. A difficult airway was anticipated and preceded with surgical tracheostomy. The patient had hypersensitivity reactions to piperacillin/tazobactam; hence, he was treated with clindamycin and metronidazole...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399677/elevated-serum-levels-of-tnf-%C3%AE-il-8-and-ecp-can-be-involved-in-the-development-and-progression-of-bronchial-asthma
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Xiao-Gang Jiang, Xu-Dong Yang, Zhe Lv, Peng-Hui Zhuang
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore the value of elevated serum levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-8 (IL-8) and eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) in the diagnosis of bronchial asthma (BA). METHODS: Totally 170 patients with BA (case group, 85 patients in acute attack and 85 patients in clinical remission) and 150 healthy individuals (control group). Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were calculated for the contents and diagnostic values of serum TNF-α, IL-8, and ECP in BA...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398844/breathlessness-at-high-altitude-first-episode-of-bronchoconstriction-in-an-otherwise-healthy-sojourner
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Sanjeeb Sudarshan Bhandari, Pranawa Koirala, Sadichhya Lohani, Pratibha Phuyal, Buddha Basnyat
Bhandari, Sanjeeb Sudarshan, Pranawa Koirala, Sadichhya Lohani, Pratibha Phuyal, and Buddha Basnyat. Breathlessness at high altitude: first episode of bronchoconstriction in an otherwise healthy sojourner. High Alt Med Biol. 16:000-000, 2017-High-altitude illness is a collective term for less severe acute mountain sickness and more severe high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high-altitude cerebral edema, which we can experience while traveling to high altitude. These get better when we get down to the lower altitudes...
February 21, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398706/can-we-rely-on-pharmacy-claims-databases-to-ascertain-maternal-use-of-medications-during-pregnancy
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Jin-Ping Zhao, Odile Sheehy, Jessica Gorgui, Anick Bérard
BACKGROUND: Administrative databases are increasingly used to measure drug exposure in perinatal pharmacoepidemiology. We aimed to estimate the concordance between records of prescriptions filled in pharmacies and self-reported drug use during pregnancy. METHODS: Data on self-reported medication use were collected at each trimester of pregnancy among a sub-sample from the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists Antidepressants in Pregnancy Cohort. Women were eligible if they were Quebec resident and provided their pharmacist's contact information...
April 3, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396812/all-that-wheezes-is-not-asthma-a-case-of-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-of-the-larynx
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Bushra Rahman, Jawad Bilal, Qurat Ul Ain Riaz Sipra, Irbaz Bin Riaz
Localized laryngeal lymphoma is a rare entity with an incidence of less than 1% of all laryngeal neoplasms. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common type of laryngeal neoplasms. Here, we describe a case of a young 28-year-old female with large B-cell lymphoma who remained undiagnosed for a long time owing to a myriad of nonspecific presentation including "wheezing." Although primary laryngeal lymphomas constitute a diagnostic challenge since they are rare, one should have a high index of suspicion for lymphoma of the larynx in patients presenting with unresolved wheezing as it can present catastrophically with acute airway obstruction requiring immediate surgical intervention which was observed in this case...
2017: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395926/do-inhaled-anticholinergic-agents-in-addition-to-%C3%AE-agonists-improve-outcomes-in-acute-asthma-exacerbations
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EDITORIAL
Michael Gottlieb, Matthew J Kuhns
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 7, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393456/blackcurrant-anthocyanins-modulate-ccl11-secretion-and-suppress-allergic-airway-inflammation
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Odette M Shaw, Tafadzwa Nyanhanda, Tony K McGhie, Jacquie L Harper, Roger D Hurst
CCL11, a chemokine, is linked to the early development of airways eosinophilia in allergic asthma. Therefore, CCL11 production is a target for abrogating eosinophilic-driven airway inflammation. Blackcurrants are high in compounds that regulate inflammation, particularly anthocyanins. In this study we investigated the effect of oral blackcurrant supplementation on allergen-induced eosinophilia and CCL11 production; we also profiled key compounds in blackcurrants that were linked to this effect. 10 mg/kg (total anthocyanins) of a commercially available, anthocyanin-rich New Zealand 'Ben Ard' blackcurrant extract ('Currantex 30') attenuated ovalbumin-induced inflammation, eosinophilia (by 52...
April 9, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393005/a-case-of-chronic-cough-in-a-winemaker
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Ernesto Viteri, Nathalie Foray, Mingchen Song, Danxuan Long
BACKGROUND: Fungi have been known to cause a variety of respiratory conditions, ranging from mold- associated asthma to allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis and invasive disease. More recently some fungal species have been implicated in a non-asthmatic chronic cough syndrome. CASE PRESENTATION: A 59-year-old male presented to the pulmonary clinic with chronic nonproductive cough. Workup included pulmonary function tests with methacholine challenge, sputum cultures, CT scans of the chest and therapeutic trial with proton pump inhibitors...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392039/effect-of-arterial-puncture-on-ventilation
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Ashima Synghal Sahni, Hemil Gonzalez, Aiman Tulaimat
BACKGROUND: Clinicians frequently assume that during arterial puncture for measuring arterial blood gases patients hyperventilate from pain and anxiety. This assumption leads clinicians to falsely interpret a PaCO2 and pH near the upper limit of normal as a chronic respiratory acidosis corrected by an acute respiratory alkalosis. OBJECTIVE: Determine if participants hyperventilate during arterial puncture from pain and anxiety. METHODS: We recruited participants from a pulmonary function laboratory referred for arterial blood gas measurement...
April 6, 2017: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388779/aerobic-exercise-decreases-lung-inflammation-by-ige-decrement-in-an-ova-mice-model
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Deborah Camargo Hizume-Kunzler, Flavia R Greiffo, Bárbara Fortkamp, Gabriel Ribeiro Freitas, Juliana Keller Nascimento, Thayse Regina Bruggemann, Leonardo Melo Avila, Adenir Perini, Franciane Bobinski, Morgana Duarte Silva, Fernanda Rocha Lapa, Rodolfo Paula Vieira, Verônica Vargas Horewicz, Adair Roberto Soares Dos Santos, Kelly Cattelan Bonorino
Aerobic exercise (AE) reduces lung function decline and risk of exacerbations in asthmatic patients. However, the inflammatory lung response involved in exercise during the sensitization remains unclear. Therefore, we evaluated the effects of exercise for 2 weeks in an experimental model of sensitization and single ovalbumin-challenge. Mice were divided into 4 groups: mice non-sensitized and not submitted to exercise (Sedentary, n=10); mice non-sensitized and submitted to exercise (Exercise, n=10); mice sensitized and exposed to ovalbumin (OVA, n=10); and mice sensitized, submitted to exercise and exposed to OVA (OVA+Exercise, n=10)...
April 7, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
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