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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150069/effect-of-a-mobile-health-sensor-driven-asthma-management-platform-on-asthma-control
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Meredith A Barrett, Olivier Humblet, Justine E Marcus, Kelly Henderson, Ted Smith, Nemr Eid, J Wesley Sublett, Andrew Renda, LaQuandra Nesbitt, David Van Sickle, David Stempel, James L Sublett
BACKGROUND: Asthma inflicts a significant health and economic burden in the United States. Self-management approaches to monitoring and treatment can be burdensome for patients. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of a digital health management program on asthma outcomes. METHODS: Residents of Louisville, Kentucky, with asthma were enrolled in a single-arm pilot study. Participants received electronic inhaler sensors that tracked the time, frequency, and location of short-acting β-agonist (SABA) use...
November 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148205/inhaled-corticosteroids-and-the-risks-of-low-energy-fractures-in-patients-with-chronic-airway-diseases-a-propensity-score-matched-study
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Chun-Hao Tsai, Lin-Yu Laio, Cheng-Li Lin, Wei-Sheng Chung
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) are crucial anti-inflammatory medications for chronic airway diseases. Studies investigating the relationship between ICSs and fractures in Asian populations are scant. We investigated whether ICSs increased the risk of low-energy fractures in patients with chronic airway diseases. METHODS: We used the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database to select patients aged 20 years and older with chronic airway diseases (asthma and COPD) between 2000 and 2011 as the base cohort...
November 17, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148158/long-term-anesthetic-protocol-in-rats-feasibility-in-electrophysiology-studies-in-visual-prosthesis
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Alejandro Barriga-Rivera, Veronica Tatarinoff, Nigel H Lovell, John W Morley, Gregg J Suaning
Electrical stimulation of excitable cells provides therapeutic benefits for a variety of medical conditions, including restoration of partial vision to those blinded via some types of retinal degeneration. To improve visual percepts elicited by the current technology, researchers are conducting acute electrophysiology experiments, mainly in cats. However, the rat can provide a model of a range of retinal diseases and possesses a sufficiently large eye to be used in this field. This article presents a long-term anesthetic protocol to enable electrophysiology experiments to further the development of visual prostheses...
November 17, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145795/use-of-immunohistochemistry-to-demonstrate-in-vivo-expression-of-the-burkholderia-mallei-virulence-factor-bpab-during-experimental-glanders
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Shawn M Zimmerman, Mackenzie E Long, Jeremy S Dyke, Tomislav P Jelesijevic, Frank Michel, Eric R Lafontaine, Robert J Hogan
Burkholderia mallei causes the highly contagious and debilitating zoonosis glanders, which infects via inhalation or percutaneous inoculation and often culminates in life-threatening pneumonia and sepsis. In humans, glanders is difficult to diagnose and requires prolonged antibiotic therapy with low success rates. No vaccine exists to protect against B. mallei, and there is concern regarding its use as a bioweapon. The authors previously identified the protein BpaB as a potential target for devising therapies due to its role in adherence to host cells and the formation of biofilms in vitro and its contribution to pathogenicity in a mouse model of glanders...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140978/adherence-to-inhaled-therapies-of-copd-patients-from-seven-latin-american-countries-the-lassyc-study
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Maria Montes de Oca, Ana Menezes, Fernando C Wehrmeister, Maria Victorina Lopez Varela, Alejandro Casas, Luis Ugalde, Alejandra Ramirez-Venegas, Laura Mendoza, Ana López, Filip Surmont, Marc Miravitlles
BACKGROUND: This study assessed the adherence profiles to inhaled therapies and the agreement between two patient self-report adherence methods in stable COPD lpatients from seven Latin American countries. METHODS: This observational, cross-sectional, multinational, multicenter study involved 795 COPD patients (post-bronchodilator forced expiratory volume in 1 second/forced vital capacity [FEV1/FVC] <0.70). Adherence to inhaled therapy was assessed using the specific Test of Adherence to Inhalers (10-item TAI) and the generic 8-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8) questionnaires...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137909/use-of-expired-air-carbon-monoxide-testing-in-clinical-tobacco-treatment-settings
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REVIEW
Adam O Goldstein, Stephanie P Gans, Carol Ripley-Moffitt, Chris Kotsen, Matthew Bars
Carbon Monoxide (CO) testing is considered an easy, non-invasive, and objective contribution to the assessment of smoking behavior, as CO is rapidly absorbed into the blood stream when lit cigarettes or cigars are inhaled. CO testing is a medically important, billable outpatient service that can contribute to sustainability of face-to-face tobacco use treatment services by clinicians. This article reviews research on the clinical use of CO testing to provide bio-medical feedback in assessing smoking behavior, on educating smokers on tobacco health effects, on assisting with treatment planning, and as a motivational tool to encourage people to become tobacco free...
November 11, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135485/update-on-questionnaires-for-assessing-adherence-to-inhaler-devices-in-respiratory-patients
#7
Vicente Plaza
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: It has been estimated that adherence to inhaled medications in patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is around 50%. This low adherence rate increases morbidity and mortality of these disorders. The objective of this review was to update information on main questionnaires used in daily for assessing adherence to inhalers of patients with chronic respiratory diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: The test of the adherence to inhalers (TAI) is a recently developed and validated 12-item questionnaire to assess adherence to inhalers of aerosolized drugs in patients with asthma or COPD...
November 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133224/feno-and-exercise-testing-in-children-at-risk-of-asthma
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Ann-Marie Malby Schoos, Christina Figgé Christiansen, Jakob Stokholm, Klaus Bønnelykke, Hans Bisgaard, Bo Lund Chawes
BACKGROUND: Exercise testing is the gold standard for diagnosing exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in children, but requires considerable cooperation and medical resources. Therefore, fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) has been proposed as a tool to predict the need for exercise testing. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between FeNO, exercise test results, and a history of respiratory symptoms during exercise in children at risk of asthma...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131874/association-between-inhaled-corticosteroid-use-and-bone-fracture-in-children-with-asthma
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Natasha Gray, Andrew Howard, Jingqin Zhu, Laura Y Feldman, Teresa To
Importance: Daily use of inhaled corticosteroids is a widely recommended treatment for mild persistent asthma in children. There is concern that, similar to systemic corticosteroids, inhaled corticosteroids may have adverse effects on bone health. Objective: To determine whether there is an increased risk of bone fracture associated with inhaled corticosteroid use in children with asthma. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this population-based nested case-control study, we used health administrative databases to identify a cohort of children aged 2 to 18 years with a physician diagnosis of asthma between April 1, 2003, and March 31, 2014, who were eligible for public drug coverage through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program (Ontario, Canada)...
November 13, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128558/effects-of-35-carbon-dioxide-co2-inhalation-in-patients-with-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-cross-over-trial
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Michael Kellner, Christoph Muhtz, Sven Nowack, Irina Leichsenring, Klaus Wiedemann, Alexander Yassouridis
BACKGROUND: In patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) two open pilot studies about the effects of 35% carbon dioxide (CO2) exist. One shows an augmented panicogenic and anxiogenic response (Muhtz et al., 2011), the other does not (Talesnik et al. 2007). We further characterized the CO2 reactivity in PTSD using for the first time placebo-controlled and double-blind conditions. METHODS: In 20 patients with PTSD we assessed panic, anxiety, dissociative and PTSD symptoms after a single vital capacity inhalation of 35% CO2 compared to a placebo gas condition in a within-participant cross-over, placebo-controlled, double-blind and randomized design...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128126/inhaled-cyanide-poisoning-as-a-vital-sign-in-a-room-fire-victim
#11
Christoph G Birngruber, Florian Veit, Juliane Lang, Marcel A Verhoff
The corpse of a 71-year-old woman was found on the floor of her smoke-filled room. The source of the fire was the mattress of a double bed on which newspapers had apparently been set aflame. The woman's history in conjunction with the finding situation suggested an act of suicide. No signs of soot inhalation or soot swallowing were found at autopsy. Other vital signs were absent. Severe cardiac disease was the most notable pre-existing medical condition. Although the concentration of COHb in heart blood was low (3%), the concentration of cyanide was found to be 4...
November 6, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125918/in-vitro-characterization-of-the-eflow-closed-system-nebulizer-with-glycopyrrolate-inhalation-solution
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Stephen Pham, Gary T Ferguson, Edward Kerwin, Thomas Goodin, Alistair Wheeler, Andrea Bauer
BACKGROUND: Glycopyrrolate administered by a novel, investigational eFlow(®) Closed System (CS) nebulizer (eFlow CS) is being evaluated for the maintenance treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The eFlow CS is a hand-held, vibrating membrane nebulizer optimized to deliver 1 mL of glycopyrrolate solution into the lung in <3 minutes. Clinical studies have shown improvements in lung function of subjects treated with nebulized glycopyrrolate. METHODS: The aerosol performance of the eFlow CS nebulizer was characterized by delivered dose, aerodynamic droplet size distribution and nebulization time...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124506/heart-rate-variability-biofeedback-does-not-substitute-for-asthma-steroid-controller-medication
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Paul M Lehrer, Charles G Irvin, Shou-En Lu, Anthony Scardella, Beatrix Roehmheld-Hamm, Milisyaris Aviles-Velez, Jessica Graves, Evgeny G Vaschillo, Bronya Vaschillo, Flavia Hoyte, Harold Nelson, Frederick S Wamboldt
Despite previous findings of therapeutic effects for heart rate variability biofeedback (HRVB) on asthma, it is not known whether HRVB can substitute either for controller or rescue medication, or whether it affects airway inflammation. Sixty-eight paid volunteer steroid naïve study participants with mild or moderate asthma were given 3 months of HRVB or a comparison condition consisting of EEG alpha biofeedback with relaxing music and relaxed paced breathing (EEG+), in a two-center trial. All participants received a month of intensive asthma education prior to randomization...
November 9, 2017: Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123875/indications-of-early-intubation-for-patients-with-inhalation-injury
#14
Shinya Onishi, Akinori Osuka, Yuichi Kuroki, Masashi Ueyama
Aim: For patients with inhalation injury, the indications for early intubation are diverse. The purpose of this study was to identify the most reliable symptoms, physical findings, and medical examinations with which to determine the indications for early intubation in patients with inhalation injury. Methods: We retrospectively collected patient data from medical records. Collected data included age, sex, burn size, symptoms, physical findings, carboxyhemoglobin levels (COHb), and bronchial wall thickness (BWT) determined from chest computed tomography images...
July 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121247/prediction-of-individual-outcomes-for-asthma-sufferers
#15
B Storlie Curtis, E Branda Megan, R Gionfriddo Michael, D Shah Nilay, A Rank Matthew
We consider the problem of individual-specific medication level recommendation (initiation, removal, increase, or decrease) for asthma sufferers. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in both adults and children, affecting 8% of the US population and costing $37-63 billion/year in the United States of America. Asthma is a complex disease, whose symptoms may wax and wane, making it difficult for clinicians to predict outcomes and prognosis. Improved ability to predict prognosis can inform decision making and may promote conversations between clinician and provider around optimizing medication therapy...
November 6, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120502/necrotizing-microascus-tracheo-bronchitis-in-a-bilateral-lung-transplant-recipient
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Olivier Taton, Benjamin Bernier, Isabelle Etienne, Benjamin Bondue, Sophie Lecomte, Christiane Knoop, Frederique Jacob, Isabel Montesinos
Invasive fungal infections are a major cause of mortality among solid organ transplant recipients. Scopulariopsis species and their teleomorph Microascus are molds found in soil and decaying organic matter. We report here the case of a woman who underwent bilateral lung transplantation for severe emphysema. On day 25 after transplantation, endobronchial green-black lesions were detected during routine endoscopy. Endobronchial swabs, biopsies, and broncho-alveolar lavage samples were positive for Microascus cirrosus...
November 9, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119403/evaluation-of-the-efficiency-of-single-inhaler-combination-therapy-with-budesonide-formoterol-fumarate-in-patients-with-bronchial-asthma-in-daily-clinical-practice
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Michał Pirożyński, Piotr Hantulik, Agnieszka Almgren-Rachtan, Jerzy Chudek
INTRODUCTION: The effectiveness of single-inhaler budesonide/formoterol fumarate combination therapy for asthma has been previously shown for the original product. The aim of this nonrandomized, open-label, postauthorization efficacy study (PAES) real-life clinical assessment was to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of a second product (Bufomix Easyhaler(®)) in the daily clinical practice of asthma therapy. METHODS: This multicenter PAES was conducted by 220 unselected allergologists and pulmonologists who enrolled 2200 adult outpatients (age 49...
November 8, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115880/treatment-response-heterogeneity-in-asthma-the-role-of-genetic-variation
#18
Susanne J H Vijverberg, Niloufar Farzan, Elise M A Slob, Anne H Neerincx, Anke H Maitland-van der Zee
Asthmatic patients show a large heterogeneity in response to asthma medication. Rapidly evolving genotyping technologies have led to the identification of various genetic variants associated with treatment outcomes. Areas covered: This review focuses on the current knowledge of genetic variants influencing treatment response to the most commonly used asthma medicines: short- and long-acting beta-2 agonists (SABA/LABA), inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and leukotriene modifiers. This review shows that various genetic variants have been identified, but none are currently used to guide asthma treatment...
November 8, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114603/audiovisual-biofeedback-guided-breath-hold-improves-lung-tumor-position-reproducibility-and-volume-consistency
#19
Danny Lee, Peter B Greer, Carminia Lapuz, Joanna Ludbrook, Perry Hunter, Jameen Arm, Sean Pollock, Kuldeep Makhija, Ricky T O'Brien, Taeho Kim, Paul Keall
Purpose: Respiratory variation can increase the variability of tumor position and volume, accounting for larger treatment margins and longer treatment times. Audiovisual biofeedback as a breath-hold technique could be used to improve the reproducibility of lung tumor positions at inhalation and exhalation for the radiation therapy of mobile lung tumors. This study aimed to assess the impact of audiovisual biofeedback breath-hold (AVBH) on interfraction lung tumor position reproducibility and volume consistency for respiratory-gated lung cancer radiation therapy...
July 2017: Advances in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112905/determinants-of-hair-cortisol-concentration-in-children-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
N A Gray, A Dhana, L Van Der Vyver, J Van Wyk, N P Khumalo, D J Stein
BACKGROUND: Several factors are known contribute to hair cortisol concentration (HCC) in adults. However, there is less research on determinants of HCC in children and adolescents. HCC is a valuable tool for medical research pertaining to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. This review aims to assess the extent to which established determinants of HCC in adults have been consistently reported in children (birth - 18 years) and to identify determinants of HCC specific to this age group...
November 2, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
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