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Nathan D Shippee, Michael Finch, Douglas R Wholey
OBJECTIVES: Patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) represent a widespread model of healthcare transformation. Despite evidence that PCMHs can improve care quality, the mechanisms by which they improve outcomes are relatively unexamined. We aimed to assess the mechanisms linking certification as a Health Care Home (HCH), a statewide PCMH initiative, with asthma care quality and outcomes. We compared direct certification effects versus indirect clinical effects (via improved care process)...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Mari Saito, Yutaka Kikuchi, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Wakamichi Shimamura
BACKGROUND: Allergen sensitization differs according to countries and regions. Understanding the characteristics of allergen sensitization in one's own country is useful for the treatment of patients with allergic diseases. Recently, Japanese cedar pollen (JCP) sensitization is increasing in young Japanese children. Therefore, we evaluated allergen sensitization patterns in under 60-month-old Japanese recurrent wheezers using multiple allergen tests. METHODS: Allergen tests for 204 Japanese recurrent wheezers between April 2010 and April 2016 were reviewed...
2018: Arerugī, [Allergy]
Tomotaka Kawayama, Takashi Kinoshita, Kazuko Matsunaga, Yoshiko Naito, Jun Sasaki, Yoshikazu Tominaga, Tomoaki Hoshino
Asthma is an allergic disease characterized by chronic airway inflammation, airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR), reversibility and remodeling. Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are effective in many patients with asthma. However, ICS are a controlling, but not but curative treatment, and there are still many patients with refractory and difficult-to-treat asthma. The evaluation of airway inflammation by induced sputum, non-specific AHR by methacholine, and asthmatic reactions by specific allergen challenge techniques are useful not only to investigate the pathogenesis of asthma but also to help develop new drugs for asthma management...
March 16, 2018: Kurume Medical Journal
C Incorvaia, S Masieri, C Cavaliere, E Makri, B Sposato, F Frati
A large amount of data show that AR and asthma are associated both epidemiologically and clinically, introducing the definition of “united airway disease”. The mechanisms underlying such association were initially suggested to start from the nose, including the loss of the protective and homeostatic effects of nasal function, the activation of a naso-bronchial reflex and the spread of allergic inflammation from the nose to the lower airways. Later, other factors such as microbial stimuli and systemic inflammatory mechanisms, involving bloodstream and bone marrow, were advocated...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
C Incorvaia, C Cavaliere, F Frati, S Masieri
Allergic rhinitis (AR) was long considered a quite trivial disease, but the advance in epidemiological and clinical knowledge, with a major role for Allergic rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) initiative, substantially changed the scene. Now we know that AR has significant effects on patients’ quality of life and also has a relevant economic burden. The ARIA phenotypes related to the duration of symptoms and to the severity of AR are very useful in establishing the optimal strategy in each patient with AR, also according to the kind of allergens that cause rhinitis...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
M Sacchetti, I Abicca, A Bruscolini, C Cavaliere, M Nebbioso, A Lambiase
Allergic conjunctivitis (AC) includes a wide spectrum of clinical entities characterized by different incidence, age of onset, natural course, clinical outcome and response to treatment. Taken together, they represent one of the most frequent ocular surface diseases affecting more than 30% of the young-adult population and show an increasing incidence over the years. Moreover, comorbidities with other systemic atopic conditions such as asthma, atopic dermatitis and rhinitis require a multidisciplinary approach...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Kelly Lien, Alvin Chin, Anton Helman, Teresa M Chan
Introduction Podcasts and blog posts have gained popularity in Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM). Previous work suggests that podcasts may be useful for knowledge acquisition in undergraduate medical education. However, there remains a paucity of research comparing the two mediums. This study aims to investigate if there are differences in knowledge acquisition and usage conditions by medical students using podcasts and blog posts. Methods Medical students were randomized to either the podcast or blog post group...
January 15, 2018: Curēus
Jun-Jun Yeh, Yu-Feng Wei, Cheng-Li Lin, Wu-Huei Hsu
Background: To evaluate the association of asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease syndrome (ACOS) with neurodegenerative diseases (stroke, Parkinson's disease and dementia) and the role of the steroids in the neurodegenerative diseases among the ACOS cohort. Materials and Methods: Comparison of the ACOS cohort ( N = 10,260) with the non-ACOS cohort ( n = 20,513) based on the patients aged ≧40 years in the National Health Insurance Research Database from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2010...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Lixia Fu, Jing Guan, Yujia Zhang, Pei Ma, Yuanyuan Zhuang, Jinye Bai, Yasi Ding, Qi Hou, Wan Gong, Mingbao Lin, Wensheng Zheng, Jianmin Zhang
Background: Tulobuterol patch, one of strongest bronchodilators, was recently shown to improve bronchial hyperresponsiveness and significantly decrease the sputum eosinophil counts by combining with nonspecific anti-inflammatory drugs on patients with asthma. However, there is limited study on the anti-inflammatory activities of tulobuterol patch and its potential machenism. Results: The tulobuterol patch significantly ameliorated inflammatory cell infiltration in the lung tissue, reduced the number of total leukocytes and its differential count, markedly reduced the production of IL-1β, TNF-α, IL-6, CCL-11 and IL-4 in bronchial alveolar lavage fluid, as well as a reduction in IL-4/IFN-γ ratio...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
John R Hurst, Maria Dilleen, Kevin Morris, Siân Hills, Birol Emir, Rupert Jones
Purpose: Inappropriate use of an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) for COPD has clinical and economic disadvantages. This retrospective analysis of The UK Health Improvement Network (THIN) database identified factors influencing treatment escalation (step-up) from a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) to triple therapy (LAMA + long-acting β-agonist-ICS). Secondary objectives included time to step up from first LAMA prescription, Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) grouping (2011/2013, 2017), and Medical Research Council (MRC) grade prior to treatment escalation...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Daniel B Hawcutt, Ben Francis, Daniel F Carr, Andrea L Jorgensen, Peng Yin, Naomi Wallin, Natalie O'Hara, Eunice J Zhang, Katarzyna M Bloch, Amitava Ganguli, Ben Thompson, Laurence McEvoy, Matthew Peak, Andrew A Crawford, Brian R Walker, Joanne C Blair, Jonathan Couriel, Rosalind L Smyth, Munir Pirmohamed
BACKGROUND: A serious adverse effect of corticosteroid therapy is adrenal suppression. Our aim was to identify genetic variants affecting susceptibility to corticosteroid-induced adrenal suppression. METHODS: We enrolled children with asthma who used inhaled corticosteroids as part of their treatment from 25 sites across the UK (discovery cohort), as part of the Pharmacogenetics of Adrenal Suppression with Inhaled Steroids (PASS) study. We included two validation cohorts, one comprising children with asthma (PASS study) and the other consisting of adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) who were recruited from two UK centres for the Pharmacogenomics of Adrenal Suppression in COPD (PASIC) study...
March 15, 2018: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Mika J Mäkelä, Pär Gyllfors, Erkka Valovirta, Maria A Steffensen, Pernille M Grønager, Johannes Savolainen, Lone Winther
PURPOSE: The SQ tree sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT)-tablet containing allergen extracts with the major allergen Bet v 1 from birch pollen is currently being developed for the treatment of tree pollen-induced allergic rhinitis/conjunctivitis with or without asthma. The aim of this Phase II trial was to investigate the dose-related efficacy and safety of the SQ tree SLIT-tablet. METHODS: This study was a randomized, parallel-group, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-national trial conducted in Europe...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Therapeutics
Guillermo Benítez, Martí March-Salas, Alberto Villa-Kamel, Ulises Cháves-Jiménez, Javier Hernández, Nuria Montes-Osuna, Joaquín Moreno-Chocano, Paloma Cariñanos
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The different species of the genus Datura have been used traditionally by some pre-Columbian civilizations, as well as in medieval rituals linked to magic and witchcraft in both Mexico and Europe. It is also noteworthy the use of different alkaloids obtained from the plants for medicinal purposes in the treatment of various groups of diseases, especially of the respiratory and muscularskeletal systems. AIM OF THE STUDY: A review of the ethnobotanical uses of the genus Datura in Mexico and Spain has been conducted...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Désirée E S Larenas Linnemann, Margarita Fernández Vega, Jorge Agustín Luna Pech, Jimena Villaverde Rosas, José Antonio Ortega Martell, Blanca Estela Del Río Navarro, María Del Carmen Cano Salas, Jade Romero Lombard, Erika Del Carmen López Estrada, Monica Rodriguez-González, José Luis Mayorga Butrón, Jorge Salas Hernández, Juan Carlos Vázquez García, Ignacio Ortiz Aldana, Mario Humberto Vargas Becerra, Martín Bedolla Barajas, Noel Rodríguez Pérez, Ambrocio Aguilar Aranda, Carlos Adrián Jiménez González, Carlos García Bolaños, Claudia Garrido Galindo, David Alejandro Mendoza Hernández, Enrique Mendoza López, Gerardo López Pérez, Guillermo Hideo Wakida Kuzonoki, Héctor Hernán Ruiz Gutiérrez, Héctor León Molina, Héctor Martínez de la Lanza, Héctor Stone Aguilar, Javier Gómez Vera, Jorge Olvera Salinas, José Joel Oyoqui Flores, José Luis Gálvez Romero, José Santos Lozano Saenz, Juan Ignacio Salgado Gama, Marcos Alejandro Jiménez Chobillon, Martha Angélica García Avilés, Martha Patricia Guinto Balanzar, Miguel Alejandro Medina Ávalos, Robert Camargo Angeles, Rogelio García Torrentera, Saraí Toral Freyre, Gabriel Montes Narvaez, Héctor Solorio Gómez, Juan Rosas Peña, Sergio Jesús Romero Tapia, Adela Reyes Herrera, Francisco Cuevas Schacht, Joaquín Esquer Flores, José Antonio Sacre Hazouri, Lorenzo Compean Martínez, Pablo Julián Medina Sánchez, Sergio Garza Salinas, Carlos Baez Loyola, Iraís Romero Alvarado, José Luis Miguel Reyes, Laura Elizabeth Huerta Espinosa, Manuel Ángel Correa Flores, Ricardo Castro Martínez
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March 15, 2018: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Maria C Mirabelli, Tegan K Boehmer, Scott A Damon, Kanta D Sircar, Hilary K Wall, Fuyuen Y Yip, Hatice S Zahran, Paul L Garbe
INTRODUCTION: Poor air quality affects respiratory and cardiovascular health. Information about health risks associated with outdoor air quality is communicated to the public using air quality alerts. This study was conducted to assess associations of existing respiratory and heart disease with three aspects of air quality awareness: awareness of air quality alerts, discussing with a health professional strategies to reduce air pollution exposure, and avoiding busy roads to reduce air pollution exposure when walking, biking, or exercising outdoors...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Akifumi Uchida, Kohta Sakaue, Hiromasa Inoue
The term "asthma-COPD overlap" (ACO) has been applied to the condition in which a person has persistent airflow limitation with clinical features of both asthma and COPD. The certain definition and diagnostic criteria for ACO have not yet been established, and ACO prevalence has varied widely in studies: from 0.9% to 11.1% in the general population, from 11.1% to 61.0% in asthma patients, and from 4.2% to 66.0% in COPD patients. Furthermore, the frequency of exacerbations and prognosis in ACO patients have not been clearly demonstrated...
March 15, 2018: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
Xuandao Liu, Chew Lip Ng, De Yun Wang
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) has been proven to be safe and effective from an abundance of Western literature, but data from Asia is less complete. This review aims to examine the basic science, safety and efficacy of SLIT in Asian patients, and to determine future research needs in Asia. We performed a literature search on PUBMED, Scopus, and Cochrane Library database for articles on SLIT originating from Asian countries through Nov 2017. There were 18 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, of which 9 involved solely paediatric subjects...
March 15, 2018: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
Kana R Jat, Dinesh K Walia, Anju Khairwa
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive multisystem disorder with an approximate prevalence of 1 in 3500 live births. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is a lung disease caused by aspergillus-induced hypersensitivity with a prevalence of 2% to 15% in people with cystic fibrosis. The mainstay of treatment includes corticosteroids and itraconazole. The treatment with corticosteroids for prolonged periods of time, or repeatedly for exacerbations of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, may lead to many adverse effects...
March 18, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Asher Haug-Baltzell, Tushar R Bhangale, Diana Chang, Amy Dressen, Brian L Yaspan, Ward Ortmann, Matthew J Brauer, Julie Hunkapiller, Jens Reeder, Kiran Mukhyala, Karen T Cuenco, Jennifer A Tom, Amy Cowgill, Jan Vogel, William F Forrest, Timothy W Behrens, Robert R Graham, Arthur Wuster
In clinical trials, a placebo response refers to improvement in disease symptoms arising from the psychological effect of receiving a treatment rather than the actual treatment under investigation. Previous research has reported genomic variation associated with the likelihood of observing a placebo response, but these studies have been limited in scope and have not been validated. Here, we analyzed whole-genome sequencing data from 784 patients undergoing placebo treatment in Phase III Asthma or Rheumatoid Arthritis trials to assess the impact of previously reported variation on patient outcomes in the placebo arms and to identify novel variants associated with the placebo response...
March 18, 2018: Genes and Immunity
Baptiste Couvy-Duchesne, Victoria O'Callaghan, Richard Parker, Natalie Mills, Katherine M Kirk, Jan Scott, Anna Vinkhuyzen, Daniel F Hermens, Penelope A Lind, Tracey A Davenport, Jane M Burns, Melissa Connell, Brendan P Zietsch, James Scott, Margaret J Wright, Sarah E Medland, John McGrath, Nicholas G Martin, Ian B Hickie, Nathan A Gillespie
PURPOSE: The Nineteen and Up study (19Up) assessed a range of mental health and behavioural problems and associated risk factors in a genetically informative Australian cohort of young adult twins and their non-twin siblings. As such, 19Up enables detailed investigation of genetic and environmental pathways to mental illness and substance misuse within the Brisbane Longitudinal Twin Sample (BLTS). PARTICIPANTS: Twins and their non-twin siblings from Queensland, Australia; mostly from European ancestry...
March 17, 2018: BMJ Open
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