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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334838/neutrophil-mediated-il-6-receptor-trans-signaling-and-the-risk-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-asthma
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Neda Farahi, Ellie Paige, Jozef Balla, Emily Prudence, Ricardo C Ferreira, Mark Southwood, Sarah L Appleby, Per Bakke, Amund Gulsvik, Augusto A Litonjua, David Sparrow, Edwin K Silverman, Michael H Cho, John Danesh, Dirk S Paul, Daniel F Freitag, Edwin R Chilvers
The Asp358Ala variant in the interleukin-6 receptor (IL-6R) gene has been implicated in asthma, autoimmune and cardiovascular disorders, but its role in other respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has not been investigated. The aims of this study were to evaluate whether there is an association between Asp358Ala and COPD or asthma risk, and to explore the role of the Asp358Ala variant in sIL-6R shedding from neutrophils and its pro-inflammatory effects in the lung. We undertook logistic regression using data from the UK Biobank and the ECLIPSE COPD cohort...
February 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334179/bayesian-distributed-lag-interaction-models-to-identify-perinatal-windows-of-vulnerability-in-children-s-health
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Ander Wilson, Yueh-Hsiu Mathilda Chiu, Hsiao-Hsien Leon Hsu, Robert O Wright, Rosalind J Wright, Brent A Coull
Epidemiological research supports an association between maternal exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and adverse children's health outcomes. Advances in exposure assessment and statistics allow for estimation of both critical windows of vulnerability and exposure effect heterogeneity. Simultaneous estimation of windows of vulnerability and effect heterogeneity can be accomplished by fitting a distributed lag model (DLM) stratified by subgroup. However, this can provide an incomplete picture of how effects vary across subgroups because it does not allow for subgroups to have the same window but different within-window effects or to have different windows but the same within-window effect...
February 27, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333848/associations-among-behavioral-sleep-disturbance-family-functioning-and-controller-medication-adherence-in-children-with-asthma
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Jennifer T Sonney, Chris Segrin, Teresa M Ward
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the associations among child sleep disturbances, family functioning, and asthma controller medication adherence in school-age children with persistent asthma. METHODS: Thirty-four children aged 6 to 11 years and a parent independently reported on asthma control and controller medication adherence. Parents also reported on family functioning (behavior control) and child sleep disturbances (bedtime resistance, daytime sleepiness). Hierarchical linear regression models tested sleep disturbance variables as predictors of family functioning and medication adherence...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333691/asthma-prevalence-and-severity-in-low-resource-communities
#4
Álvaro A Cruz, Rafael Stelmach, Eduardo V Ponte
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The prevalence of asthma was thought to be low in most low-income countries, but several reports have indicated this is not always true. This is a narrative review of recent publications on the burden of asthma in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) and underprivileged communities from developed countries. RECENT FINDINGS: Several studies have reported a low prevalence of asthma is LMIC, but indicate it is increasing. In the last few years, however, many surveys demonstrated this may not always be true...
March 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333531/randomized-controlled-trial-of-triple-p-for-parents-of-children-with-asthma-or-eczema-effects-on-parenting-and-child-behavior
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Alina Morawska, Amy Mitchell, Scott Burgess, Jennifer Fraser
OBJECTIVE: Parents play an important role in children's illness management, in promoting child adjustment and reducing behavior problems. Little research has focused on the evaluation of parenting interventions in the context of childhood chronic illness. The aim of this study was to test the efficacy of a brief, group parenting intervention (Healthy Living Triple P) in improving parenting skills and parent adjustment, and reducing child behavioral and emotional difficulties in the context of childhood asthma and eczema...
April 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333367/community-paramedicine-applied-in-a-rural-community
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Kevin J Bennett, Matt W Yuen, Melinda A Merrell
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: Abbeville County Emergency Management Services (ACEMS) began a community paramedicine (CP) program to utilize trained paramedics to serve patients who frequently use the emergency department (ED) and have 1 or more of the following diagnoses: hypertension, diabetes, chronic heart failure, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The objective of this study was to determine if the CP program reduced ED visits in Abbeville while improving patient outcomes. DESIGN: A pre/posttest with a comparison group study design was used to evaluate the CP program...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333134/personalising-care-of-adults-with-asthma-from-asia-a-modified-e-delphi-consensus-study-to-inform-management-tailored-to-attitude-and-control-profiles
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Alison Chisholm, David B Price, Hilary Pinnock, Tze Lee Tan, Camilo Roa, Sang-Heon Cho, Aileen David-Wang, Gary Wong, Thys van der Molen, Dermot Ryan, Nina Castillo-Carandang, Yee Vern Yong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 23, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333128/a-randomised-open-label-cross-over-study-of-inhaler-errors-preference-and-time-to-achieve-correct-inhaler-use-in-patients-with-copd-or-asthma-comparison-of-ellipta-with-other-inhaler-devices
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Job van der Palen, Mike Thomas, Henry Chrystyn, Raj K Sharma, Paul Dlpm van der Valk, Martijn Goosens, Tom Wilkinson, Carol Stonham, Anoop J Chauhan, Varsha Imber, Chang-Qing Zhu, Henrik Svedsater, Neil C Barnes
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 23, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332939/pediatric-asthma-hospitalizations-among-urban-minority-children-and-the-continuity-of-primary-care
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Levon H Utidjian, Alexander G Fiks, A Russell Localio, Lihai Song, Mark J Ramos, Ron Keren, Louis M Bell, Robert W Grundmeier
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of ambulatory health care processes on asthma hospitalizations. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using electronic health records was completed. Patients aged 2-18 years receiving health care from 1 of 5 urban practices between Jan 1, 2004 and Dec 31, 2008 with asthma documented on their problem list were included. Independent variables were modifiable health care processes in the primary care setting: (1) use of asthma controller medications; (2) regular assessment of asthma symptoms; (3) use of spirometry; (4) provision of individualized asthma care plans; (5) timely influenza vaccination; (6) access to primary healthcare; and (7) use of pay for performance physician incentives...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332897/characteristics-of-non-smoking-adult-asthma-patients-with-chronic-airflow-limitation
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TunnRen Tay, Xuening Choo, Rosna Ihsan, Hsiao Peng Toh, Hang Siang Wong, Augustine Tee
OBJECTIVE: Chronic airflow limitation (CAL) can develop in a subgroup of patients with asthma. Characterising these patients is important because reduced lung function is a risk factor for adverse asthma outcomes. We hypothesised that heterogeneity in patients with CAL may be influenced by age at asthma onset. We first compared never-smoking asthma patients with and without CAL, and subsequently examined the differences between patients with late and early-onset asthma within the CAL cohort...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332885/fragrances-and-work-related-asthma-california-surveillance-data-1993-2012
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Justine Lew Weinberg, Jennifer Flattery, Robert Harrison
OBJECTIVE: Fragrance chemicals are used in a large array of products. Workers may be exposed to these chemicals in the workplace directly when used as air fresheners, or indirectly in personal care products used by coworkers or others. This study characterizes work-related asthma (WRA) cases associated with fragrance exposures in California workplaces from 1993 through 2012. METHODS: We used the California Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program's surveillance database to identify individuals with physician-diagnosed WRA associated with the use of air fresheners and scented personal care products (perfumes, colognes, etc...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332884/asthma-control-in-london-secondary-school-children
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Katherine Harris, Gioia Mosler, Samson A Williams, Abigail Whitehouse, Rosalind Raine, Jonathan Grigg
OBJECTIVE: The asthma control test (ACT) is a validated tool for assessing control in asthmatic children aged 12 years and older. Using the ACT, we sought to assess asthma control and knowledge in London secondary school children. METHODS: Secondary schools in London, UK, participated in this study. Children with doctor-diagnosed asthma were invited to complete an online questionnaire that included the ACT and questions about asthma. Suboptimal asthma control was defined as an ACT score of ≤ 19 out of a maximum score of 25...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332418/asthma-status-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-herpes-zoster-in-children-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Su-Jing Chen, Kuang-Hua Huang, Wen-Chen Tsai, Cheng-Li Lin, Yih-Dih Cheng, Chang-Ching Wei
The literature regarding the effects of childhood asthma on the risk of herpes zoster (HZ) is very limited. The aim of this study is to investigate the risks of children developing HZ with asthma. From the National Health Insurance Research Database, a total of 600,891 children were enrolled in this study between 2000 and 2007. The children were matched by age, gender, level of urbanization, and parental occupation. All subjects were followed until the end of 2008. A Cox model was used to estimate the association of asthma on the risk of HZ...
March 23, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332366/soluble-cd93-in-serum-as-a-marker-of-allergic-inflammation
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Hye Jung Park, Heejae Han, Sang Chul Lee, Young Woong Son, Da Woon Sim, Kyung Hee Park, Yoon Hee Park, Kyoung Yong Jeong, Jung Won Park, Jae Hyun Lee
PURPOSE: CD93 is receiving renewed attention as a biomarker of inflammation. We aimed to evaluate the potential for serum sCD93 to serve as a novel biomarker for allergic inflammation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We enrolled 348 subjects with an allergic disease [allergic rhinitis (AR), chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), or bronchial asthma (BA)], including 14 steroid-naïve BA patients who were serially followed-up. RESULTS: The serum sCD93 levels (ng/mL) in patients with exacerbated AR (mean±standard deviation, 153...
May 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332190/impact-of-disease-prevalence-adjustment-on-hospitalization-rates-for%C3%A2-chronic-ambulatory-care-sensitive-conditions-in-germany
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Johannes Pollmanns, Patrick S Romano, Maria Weyermann, Max Geraedts, Saskia E Drösler
OBJECTIVES: To explore effects of disease prevalence adjustment on ambulatory care-sensitive hospitalization (ACSH) rates used for quality comparisons. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: County-level hospital administrative data on adults discharged from German hospitals in 2011 and prevalence estimates based on administrative ambulatory diagnosis data were used. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cross-sectional study using in- and outpatient secondary data was performed...
March 22, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332107/mechanisms-driving-gender-differences-in-asthma
#16
REVIEW
Hubaida Fuseini, Dawn C Newcomb
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Many phenotypes of asthma exist, ranging from mild asthma with onset during childhood to severe asthma with later onset, making asthma a broad disease with different pathologies. A gender disparity exists in asthma prevalence. As adults, women have an increased asthma prevalence compared to men. Further, women are more likely to have severe asthma and a later onset of asthma compared to men. Here, we review clinical and animal studies that have defined the role of sex hormones in airway inflammation, smooth muscle contraction, mucus production, and airway mechanics associated with asthma pathogenesis...
March 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331966/increased-risk-of-incident-osteoporosis-and-osteoporotic-fracture-in-tuberculosis-patients-a-population-based-study-in-a-tuberculosis-endemic-area
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Y-Y Chen, J-Y Feng, W-Y Ting, Y-F Yen, P-H Chuang, S-W Pan, V Y-F Su, W-J Su
The occurrence of osteoporosis in tuberculosis, a chronic infection, has rarely been evaluated. In this study, we found significantly higher incidence rates of osteoporosis (Adjusted hazard ratio (AHR) 1.82) and osteoporotic fracture (AHR 2.33) in tuberculosis patients than matched cohorts, which suggest that osteoporosis screening should be considered in tuberculosis patients' follow-up program. The aim of this study is to determine the occurrence of incident osteoporosis in patients who completed anti-tuberculosis (TB) treatment...
March 22, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331417/%C3%AE-tocotrienol-inhibits-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-contractile-phenotype-expression-of-human-airway-smooth-muscle-cells
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Takehito Fukushima, Akira Yamasaki, Tomoya Harada, Hiroki Chikumi, Masanari Watanabe, Ryota Okazaki, Miki Takata, Yasuyuki Hasegawa, Jun Kurai, Masaaki Yanai, Akihiro Yamamoto, Yuriko Sueda, Andrew J Halayko, Eiji Shimizu
BACKGROUND: Tocotrienols, members of the vitamin E family, exist in four different isoforms (α, β, γ and δ tocotrienol) that have can be protective against brain damage, as well as having anticancer effects in vivo and in vitro. We have shown that γ-tocotrienol inhibits human airway smooth muscle cell proliferation and migration induced by platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB by suppressing RhoA activation. In this study, we tested whether γ-tocotrienol modulates transforming growth factor (TGF) -β-induced induction of human airway smooth muscle (ASM) into a contractile phenotype and concomitant synthesis of extracellular matrix proteins...
March 2017: Yonago Acta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331347/environmental-triggers-and-avoidance-in-the-management-of-asthma
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REVIEW
Clarisse Gautier, Denis Charpin
Identifying asthma triggers forms the basis of environmental secondary prevention. These triggers may be allergenic or nonallergenic. Allergenic triggers include indoor allergens, such as house dust mites (HDMs), molds, pets, cockroaches, and rodents, and outdoor allergens, such as pollens and molds. Clinical observations provide support for the role of HDM exposure as a trigger, although avoidance studies provide conflicting results. Molds and their metabolic products are now considered to be triggers of asthma attacks...
2017: Journal of Asthma and Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331346/control-of-moderate-to-severe-asthma-with-randomized-ciclesonide-doses-of-160-320-and-640-%C3%AE-g-day
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Søren E Pedersen, Niyati Prasad, Udo-Michael Goehring, Henrik Andersson, Dirkje S Postma
BACKGROUND: The inhaled corticoteroid (ICS) ciclesonide (Cic), controls asthma symptoms in the majority of patients at the recommended dose of 160 µg/day. However, the relationship between the level of asthma control and increasing doses of Cic is unknown. This study investigated whether long-term treatment with higher doses of Cic would further improve asthma symptoms in patients with uncontrolled asthma despite ICS use. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a double-blind, randomized, parallel-group study, 367 patients were allocated to one of three treatment arms (Cic 160, 320 and 640 µg/day)...
2017: Journal of Asthma and Allergy
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