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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428699/putative-role-of-cardio-metabolic-risk-among-poorly-controlled-asthmatics-in-south-indian-population
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Murugaiyan Sathish Babu, K P Sreesoorya, Surendra K Menon, Subiman Saha, A R Srinivasan, S Arul Vijaya Vani, R Reeta, V Kuzhandai Velu
Mortality and morbidity attributed to asthma remains to be the biggest nightmare worldwide. Hence, the study was aimed to compare the cardio metabolic risk factors as assessed by Body mass index (BMI), waist hip ratio (WHR), serum triacylglycerol and uric acid in well controlled and poorly controlled asthmatics and to correlate these parameters with the severity of asthma. A case control study was conducted on 90 subjects who were segregated into well controlled asthmatics (n = 30) and poorly controlled asthmatics (n = 30) who were diagnosed based on Global initiative for Asthma management guidelines and healthy volunteers (n = 30)...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427296/predictors-of-response-to-therapy-with-omalizumab-in-patients-with-severe-allergic-asthma-a-real-life-study
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Maria Kallieri, Andriana I Papaioannou, Evgenia Papathanasiou, Polyxeni Ntontsi, Spyridon Papiris, Stelios Loukides
INTRODUCTION: Omalizumab is a recombinant humanized IgG1 monoclonal anti-IgE antibody, used for the treatment of severe refractory allergic asthma. However, not all patients with IgE levels within the limits of administration, respond to treatment. The aim of the present study, was to determine clinical and inflammatory characteristics that could predict response to omalizumab. METHODS: We studied retrospectively patients treated with omalizumab as per GINA guidelines in one asthma tertiary referral center...
April 21, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416951/spirometry-and-bronchodilator-test
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REVIEW
Yun Su Sim, Ji-Hyun Lee, Won-Yeon Lee, Dong In Suh, Yeon-Mok Oh, Jong-Seo Yoon, Jin Hwa Lee, Jae Hwa Cho, Cheol Seok Kwon, Jung Hyun Chang
Spirometry is a physiological test for assessing the functional aspect of the lungs using an objective indicator to measure the maximum amount of air that a patient can inhale and exhale. Acceptable spirometry testing needs to be conducted three times by an acceptable and reproducible method for determining forced vital capacity (FVC). Until the results of three tests meet the criteria of reproducibility, the test should be repeated up to eight times. Interpretation of spirometry should be clear, concise, and informative...
April 2017: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413358/the-soft-computing-based-approach-to-investigate-allergic-diseases-a-systematic-review
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Gennaro Tartarisco, Alessandro Tonacci, Paola Lucia Minciullo, Lucia Billeci, Giovanni Pioggia, Cristoforo Incorvaia, Sebastiano Gangemi
BACKGROUND: Early recognition of inflammatory markers and their relation to asthma, adverse drug reactions, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis and other allergic diseases is an important goal in allergy. The vast majority of studies in the literature are based on classic statistical methods; however, developments in computational techniques such as soft computing-based approaches hold new promise in this field. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this manuscript is to systematically review the main soft computing-based techniques such as artificial neural networks, support vector machines, bayesian networks and fuzzy logic to investigate their performances in the field of allergic diseases...
2017: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406326/umeclidinium-for-the-treatment-of-uncontrolled-asthma
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Matteo Ferrando, Diego Bagnasco, Fulvio Braido, Ilaria Baiardini, Giovanni Passalacqua, Francesca Puggioni, Gilda Varricchi, Giorgio Walter Canonica
Smooth muscle cell contraction in the airways is the principal therapeutic target in asthmatic subjects and its insufficient treatment is often a cause of uncontrolled disease. For this reason, research has focused on targeting smooth muscle activity with anticholinergic agents, including umeclidinium. Areas Covered: This review highlights the potential application of umeclidinium, a long acting muscarinic antagonist, as a novel therapeutic approach for patients with severe uncontrolled asthma, despite maximal therapy...
April 13, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392861/reported-exercise-related-respiratory-symptoms-and-exercise-induced-bronchoconstriction-in-asthmatic-children
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Demet Inci, Refoel Guggenheim, Derya Ufuk Altintas, Johannes H Wildhaber, Alexander Moeller
BACKGROUND: Unlimited physical activity is one of the key issues of asthma control and management. We investigated how reliable reported exercise-related respiratory symptoms (ERRS) are in predicting exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) in asthmatic children. METHODS: In this prospective study, 179 asthmatic children aged 7 - 15 years were asked for specific questions on respiratory symptoms related to exercise and allocated into two groups according to whether they complained about symptoms...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390477/current-guidelines-for-the-evaluation-and-management-of-atopic-dermatitis-a%C3%A2-comparison-of-the-joint-task-force-practice-parameter-and-american-academy-of-dermatology-guidelines
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REVIEW
Lawrence F Eichenfield, Jusleen Ahluwalia, Andrea Waldman, Jenna Borok, Jeremy Udkoff, Mark Boguniewicz
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic pruritic inflammatory disease that commonly presents in the pediatric population. Although definitions and diagnosis of AD have largely been agreed upon, allergists and dermatologists have similar and divergent approaches to the management of AD. This review facilitated integration of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology/American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Joint Task Force 2012 AD Practice Parameter and the 2014 American Academy of Dermatology guidelines to highlight the basic principles of AD management and discuss therapies and management of AD from the distinct perspectives of the allergist and dermatologist...
April 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387094/-formoterol-budesonide-combination-for-maintenance-and-relief-in-children-and-adolescents-with-asthma
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REVIEW
G de Bilderling, D Smal, E Bradatan
International guidelines have been edited to standardize asthma management. These guidelines are often difficult to translate to clinical practice because of gaps in the knowledge of clinical practitioners but also because of compliance issues, particularly in children and adolescents. A new approach named SIT (for Single Inhaler Therapy) or SMART (for Symbicort Maintenance and Reliever Therapy) has demonstrated its safety and efficacy in numerous studies of adults with asthma summarized in two Cochrane reviews...
December 2016: Revue Médicale de Liège
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376053/modulation-of-allergy-risk-by-breast-feeding
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Joachim Heinrich
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Breastfeeding has been suggested as a candidate for primary prevention of allergies. However, recent comprehensive and thoughtfully written systematic reviews reported mixed results and that overall there is only little evidence for breastfeeding being protective against allergic disorders. As these reviews last searched for relevant studies on 2 October 2014, the aim of our review is to shed light on the association between breastfeeding and allergic disorders (asthma, eczema, allergic rhinitis) recently published...
May 2017: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373204/dtb-select-4-april-2017
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Renal function monitoring of ACE inhibitors/AIIRAs ● Combating falsified medicines ● NHS England issues guidelines on conflicts of interest ● C difficile control interventions and fluoroquinolone prescribing ● NHS Scotland booklet for young people with autism ● Accuracy of asthma diagnosis in adults ● Continuity of care and reduced hospital admissions ● Screen and treat approaches for diabetes prevention.
April 3, 2017: Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366780/design-of-a-pragmatic-trial-in-minority-children-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-with-uncontrolled-asthma-the-chicago-plan
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Jerry A Krishnan, Molly A Martin, Cortland Lohff, Giselle S Mosnaim, Helen Margellos-Anast, Julie A DeLisa, Kate McMahon, Kim Erwin, Leslie S Zun, Michael L Berbaum, Michael McDermott, Nina E Bracken, Rajesh Kumar, S Margaret Paik, Sharmilee M Nyenhuis, Stacy Ignoffo, Valerie G Press, Zachary E Pittsenbarger, Trevonne M Thompson
Among children with asthma, black children are two to four times as likely to have an emergency department (ED) visit and die from asthma, respectively, compared to white children in the United States. Despite the availability of evidence-based asthma management guidelines, minority children are less likely than white children to receive or use effective options for asthma care. The CHICAGO Plan is a three-arm multi-center randomized pragmatic trial of children 5 to 11years old presenting to the ED with uncontrolled asthma that compares: [1] an ED-focused intervention to improve the quality of care on discharge to home, [2] the same ED-focused intervention together with a home-based community health worker (CHW)-led intervention, and [3] enhanced usual care...
March 31, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364118/enablers-and-determinants-of-the-provision-of-written-action-plans-to-patients-with-asthma-a-stratified-survey-of-canadian-physicians
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Fabienne Djandji, Alexandrine J Lamontagne, Lucie Blais, Simon L Bacon, Pierre Ernst, Roland Grad, Kim L Lavoie, Martha L McKinney, Eve Desplats, Francine M Ducharme
Despite national recommendations, most patients with asthma are not given a written action plan . The objectives were to ascertain physicians' endorsement of potential enablers to providing a written action plan, and the determinants and proportion, of physician-reported use of a written action plan. We surveyed 838 family physicians, paediatricians, and emergency physicians in Quebec. The mailed questionnaire comprised 102 questions on asthma management, 11 of which pertained to written action plan and promising enablers...
March 31, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363798/how-to-unveil-chronic-respiratory-diseases-in-clinical-practice-a-model-of-alliance-between-general-practitioners-and-pulmonologists
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Alida Benfante, Riccardo Messina, Vito Milazzo, Nicola Scichilone
INTRODUCTION: Asthma and COPD are under-diagnosed and undertreated in adult populations, mainly due to the discrepancy between guideline recommendations and clinicians' practices. One of the reasons of this discrepancy is the difficulty encountered in real life in sharing the management of chronic respiratory diseases between general practitioners (GPs) and respiratory physicians. METHODS: An explorative, population-based investigation was performed to test whether, and to what extent, an active collaboration between GPs and pulmonologists increases the diagnosis and proper treatment of chronic obstructive airway diseases...
March 28, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360458/prevalence-and-etiological-profile-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-in-nonsmokers
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Tariq Mahmood, Ravindra Kumar Singh, Surya Kant, Amitabh Das Shukla, Alok Chandra, Rajneesh Kumar Srivastava
BACKGROUND: Tobacco smoking has been recognized as the most important risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for a long time, but recent studies have shown that nonsmokers also contribute to a significant proportion of COPD. This study was performed to find out the proportion of nonsmoker individuals among COPD patients and to determine various etiologies in nonsmoker COPD patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was an observational cross-sectional study conducted in Department of Pulmonary Medicine, MLN Medical College, Allahabad...
March 2017: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359274/allergic-diseases-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Celine Miyazaki, Momoko Koyama, Erika Ota, Toshiyuki Swa, Linda B Mlunde, Rachel M Amiya, Yoshiyuki Tachibana, Kiwako Yamamoto-Hanada, Rintaro Mori
BACKGROUND: Reports of frequent manifestation of allergic diseases in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been the subject of mounting clinical interest. However, evidence supporting the association between ADHD and allergies is inconsistent and has yet to be systematically reviewed. The objective of this study was to compile and assess available studies on the association between ADHD and allergic diseases in children. METHODS: A comprehensive search using MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane library, and CINAHL databases was completed in 23 November 2015...
March 31, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356142/towards-evidence-based-vitamin-d-supplementation-in-infants-vitamin-d-intervention-in-infants-vidi-study-design-and-methods-of-a-randomised-controlled-double-blinded-intervention-study
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Otto Helve, Heli Viljakainen, Elisa Holmlund-Suila, Jenni Rosendahl, Helena Hauta-Alus, Maria Enlund-Cerullo, Saara Valkama, Kati Heinonen, Katri Räikkönen, Timo Hytinantti, Outi Mäkitie, Sture Andersson
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D is important for bone mass accrual during growth. Additionally, it is considered a requirement for a multitude of processes associated with, for example, the development of immunity. Many countries apply vitamin D supplementation strategies in infants, but the guidelines are not based on scientific evidence and aim at prevention of rickets. It remains unclear whether the recommended doses are sufficient for the wide array of other effects of vitamin D. The VIDI trial performed in Finland is the first large randomised controlled study for evaluation of the effects of different vitamin D supplemental doses in infancy on: 1...
March 29, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352197/development-of-an-allergy-management-support-system-in-primary-care
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Bertine Mj Flokstra-de Blok, Thys van der Molen, Wianda A Christoffers, Janwillem Wh Kocks, Richard L Oei, Joanne Ng Oude Elberink, Emmy M Roerdink, Marie Louise Schuttelaar, Jantina L van der Velde, Thecla M Brakel, Anthony Ej Dubois
BACKGROUND: Management of allergic patients in the population is becoming more difficult because of increases in both complexity and prevalence. Although general practitioners (GPs) are expected to play an important role in the care of allergic patients, they often feel ill-equipped for this task. Therefore, the aim of this study was to develop an allergy management support system (AMSS) for primary care. METHODS: Through literature review, interviewing and testing in secondary and primary care patients, an allergy history questionnaire was constructed by allergists, dermatologists, GPs and researchers based on primary care and specialists' allergy guidelines and their clinical knowledge...
2017: Journal of Asthma and Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351782/a-randomized-pragmatic-trial-of-changing-to-and-stepping-down-fluticasone-formoterol-in-asthma
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Omar S Usmani, Anu Kemppinen, Elizabeth Gardener, Vicky Thomas, Priyanka Raju Konduru, Christina Callan, Andrew McLoughlin, Vanessa Woodhead, Adam Brady, Elizabeth F Juniper, Peter J Barnes, David Price
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend reducing treatment in patients with well-controlled asthma after 3 months of stability. However, there is inadequate real-life data to guide physicians on therapy change in daily practice. OBJECTIVE: To assess asthma control after change to and step-down of fluticasone propionate/formoterol fumarate dihydrate (FP/FOR) in real-life patients. METHODS: In a randomized controlled, pragmatic, open-label trial, 225 well-controlled patients with asthma were randomized (1:2) to maintain high-dose fluticasone propionate/salmeterol xinafoate (FP/SAL, 1000/100 μg) or switch to FP/FOR (1000/40 μg) daily for 12 weeks (phase 1)...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341462/asthma-management-in-a-specialist-setting-results-of-an-italian-respiratory-society-survey
#19
Fulvio Braido, Baiardini Ilaria, Pietro Alleri, Elena Bacci, Carlo Barbetta, Michela Bellocchia, Alida Benfante, Francesco Blasi, Caterina Bucca, Maria Teresa Busceti, Stefano Centanni, Maria Cristina Colanardi, Marco Contoli, Angelo Corsico, Maria D 'Amato, Fabiano Di Marco, Dottorini Marco, Marta Ferrari, Giovanni Florio, Alessandro Giuseppe Fois, Maria Pia Foschino Barbaro, Garuti Silvia, Giuseppe Girbino, Amelia Grosso, Manuela Latorre, Sara Maniscalco, Francesco Mazza, Carlo Mereu, Giorgia Molinengo, Josuel Ora, Pierluigi Paggiaro, Vincenzo Patella, Girolamo Pelaia, Pietro Pirina, Alfio Proietto, Paola Rogliani, Pierachille Santus, Nicola Scichilone, Francesca Simioli, Paolo Solidoro, Silvia Terraneo, Umberto Zuccon, Giorgio Walter Canonica
BACKGROUND: Asthma considerably impairs patients' quality of life and increases healthcare costs. Severity, morbidity, and degree of disease control are the major drivers of its clinical and economic impact. National scientific societies are required to monitor the application of international guidelines and to adopt strategies to improve disease control and better allocate resources. AIM: to provide a detailed picture of the characteristics of asthma patients and modalities of asthma management by specialists in Italy and to develop recommendations for the daily management of asthma in a specialist setting...
March 21, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341172/comparison-of-pediatric-and-adult-systemic-reactions-to-subcutaneous-immunotherapy
#20
Chen E Lim, Cristina P Sison, Punita Ponda
BACKGROUND: Subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) has been used to treat allergic rhinitis for over a century, and current regimens have wide variability with an array of practice styles and dosing strategies. Although there are some statements about contraindications and cautions, no specific formal age- or weight-based dosing guidelines are utilized when administering SCIT. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study was to estimate the overall incidence rate of any reaction to SCIT and to consider the severity of the reaction by grade in children and adults...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
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