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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436580/pulmonary-function-and-outcomes-in-infants-randomized-to-a-rescue-course-of-antenatal-steroids
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Cindy McEvoy, Diane Schilling, Patricia Spitale, Jean O'Malley, Susan Bowling, Manuel Durand
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to obtain follow-up pulmonary function testing and assessment of clinical respiratory outcomes, at 1-2 years, in preterm infants whose mothers were randomized to a single rescue course of antenatal steroids (AS) versus placebo. METHODS: Follow-up of a randomized, double-blinded trial. In the original trial pregnant women ≥14 days after initial course of AS were randomized to rescue AS or placebo. Pulmonary function testing and a standardized respiratory questionnaire were obtained at 1-2 years of corrected age...
April 24, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434269/electronic-adherence-monitoring-device-performance-and-patient-acceptability-a-randomized-control-trial
#2
Amy Hai Yan Chan, Alistair William Stewart, Jeff Harrison, Peter Nigel Black, Edwin Arthur Mitchell, Juliet Michelle Foster
BACKGROUND: To investigate the performance and patient acceptability of an inhaler electronic monitoring device in a real-world childhood asthma population. METHODS: Children 6 to 15 years presenting with asthma to the hospital emergency department and prescribed inhaled corticosteroids were included. Participants were randomized to receive a device with reminder features enabled or disabled for use with their preventer. Device quality control tests were conducted...
April 24, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430773/is-dexamethasone-as-effective-as-other-corticosteroids-for-acute-asthma-exacerbation-in-children
#3
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/28429306/mitochondrial-function-in-allergic-disease
#4
REVIEW
Divyaanka Iyer, Navya Mishra, Anurag Agrawal
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: The connections between allergy, asthma and metabolic syndrome are becoming increasingly clear. Recent research suggests a unifying mitochondrial link between the diverse phenotypes of these interlinked morbidities. The scope of this review is to highlight cellular mechanisms, epidemiology and environmental allergens influencing mitochondrial function and its importance in allergy and asthma. We briefly also consider the potential of mitochondria-targeted therapies in prevention and cure...
May 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427550/home-made-spacer-as-an-auxiliary-device-in-administration-of-beclomethasone-via-pressurized-metered-dose-inhaler-for-asthma-control-a-randomized-controlled-pragmatic-trial
#5
Deborah Schor, José Ângelo Rizzo, Decio Medeiros, Ana Carolina Dela Bianca, Almerinda Rego Silva, Carlos Nunes, Mário Morais-Almeida, Emanuel Sarinho
BACKGROUND: Holding chambers or spacers can enhance the efficacy of pressurized metered dose inhalers (pMDI) in delivering inhaled medications, as they reduce the need for hand-breath coordination and improve lower airways deposition. Nevertheless, their cost can be high for patients in low-income countries. OBJECTIVE: To compare asthma control achieved with beclomethasone-dipropionate administered through a hydrofluoroalkane-driven pMDI (BDp-pMDI) coupled to a home-made spacer (HmS) or to a valved commercial spacer (VCS) as auxiliary devices...
May 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427545/corrigendum-to-efficacy-and-safety-comparison-fluticasone-furoate-and-fluticasone-propionate-after-step-down-from-fluticasone-furoate-vilanterol-in-japanese-patients-with-well-controlled-asthma-a-randomized-trial-respir-med-120-november-2016-78-86
#6
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427362/efficacy-of-budesonide-formoterol-maintenance-and-reliever-therapy-compared-with-higher-dose-budesonide-as-step-up-from-low-dose-inhaled-corticosteroid-treatment
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Christine R Jenkins, Göran Eriksson, Eric D Bateman, Helen K Reddel, Malcolm R Sears, Magnus Lindberg, Paul M O'Byrne
BACKGROUND: Asthma management may involve a step up in treatment when symptoms are not well controlled. We examined whether budesonide/formoterol maintenance and reliever therapy (MRT) is as effective as higher, fixed-dose budesonide plus as-needed terbutaline in patients requiring step-up from Step 2 treatment (low-dose inhaled corticosteroids), stratified by baseline reliever use. METHODS: A post-hoc analysis utilized data from three clinical trials of 6-12 months' duration...
April 20, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421600/lay-led-and-peer-support-interventions-for-adolescents-with-asthma
#8
REVIEW
Kayleigh M Kew, Robin Carr, Iain Crossingham
BACKGROUND: Adolescents with asthma are at high risk of poor adherence with treatment. This may be compounded by activities that worsen asthma, in particular smoking. Additional support above and beyond routine care has the potential to encourage good self-management. We wanted to find out whether sessions led by their peers or by lay leaders help to reduce these risks and improve asthma outcomes among adolescents. OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety and efficacy of lay-led and peer support interventions for adolescents with asthma...
April 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421512/new-insights-into-cockroach-allergens
#9
REVIEW
Anna Pomés, Geoffrey A Mueller, Thomas A Randall, Martin D Chapman, L Karla Arruda
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review addresses the most recent developments on cockroach allergen research in relation to allergic diseases, especially asthma. RECENT FINDINGS: The number of allergens relevant to cockroach allergy has recently expanded considerably up to 12 groups. New X-ray crystal structures of allergens from groups 1, 2, and 5 revealed interesting features with implications for allergen standardization, sensitization, diagnosis, and therapy. Cockroach allergy is strongly associated with asthma particularly among children and young adults living in inner-city environments, posing challenges for disease control...
April 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421429/reslizumab-in-eosinophilic-asthma-a-review
#10
Emma D Deeks, Guy Brusselle
Reslizumab (Cinqaero(®); Cinqair(®)) is a humanized monoclonal antibody against interleukin-5 (IL-5), a cytokine mediator of eosinophilic airway inflammation. Reslizumab is indicated as an add-on treatment for severe eosinophilic asthma in adults, on the basis of data from the BREATH phase III clinical trial programme. In three double-blind BREATH studies of up to 52 weeks' duration, adding intravenous reslizumab (3 mg/kg, once every 4 weeks) to the current asthma therapy of patients (aged 12-75 years) with eosinophilic asthma inadequately controlled with inhaled corticosteroids resulted in significant reductions in clinical asthma exacerbation frequency and significant improvements in lung function, asthma control and health-related quality of life relative to adding placebo...
May 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418758/inhaled-heparin-therapeutic-efficacy-and-recent-formulations
#11
Ayca Yildiz-Pekoz, Yildiz Ozsoy
Heparin is well known for its anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties. Inhaled heparin regimens are increasingly being used to manage lung disease. It has been used to treat cystic fibrosis, thromboembolism, and pulmonary fibrosis, as well as bronchial asthma and asthma-induced airway hypersensitivity. Several preclinical studies attained some useful effects of heparin-administered, parenterally and through inhalation, treatment of lung disease. Besides, recent clinical trials suggest that inhaled heparin for lung diseases is beneficial and safe, but such data remain to be limited...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417456/interventions-to-improve-adherence-to-inhaled-steroids-for-asthma
#12
REVIEW
Rebecca Normansell, Kayleigh M Kew, Elizabeth Stovold
BACKGROUND: Despite its proven efficacy in improving symptoms and reducing exacerbations, many patients with asthma are not fully adherent to their steroid inhaler. Suboptimal adherence leads to poorer clinical outcomes and increased health service utilisation, and has been identified as a contributing factor to a third of asthma deaths in the UK. Reasons for non-adherence vary, and a variety of interventions have been proposed to help people improve treatment adherence. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of interventions intended to improve adherence to inhaled corticosteroids among people with asthma...
April 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414142/doxofylline-does-not-increase-formoterol-induced-camp-nor-mkp-1-expression-in-asm-cells-resulting-in-lack-of-anti-inflammatory-effect
#13
Brijeshkumar S Patel, Michael J Kugel, Gina Baehring, Alaina J Ammit
The xanthine doxofylline has been examined in clinical trials and shown to have efficacy and greater tolerability than theophylline in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The 'novofylline' doxofylline has demonstrated bronchodilatory and anti-inflammatory actions in in vivo and ex vivo experimental models of respiratory disease. However, there are limited studies in vitro. We address this herein and examine whether doxofylline has anti-inflammatory impact on primary cultures of airway smooth muscle (ASM) cells...
April 13, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413977/new-suggestions-in-sublingual-immunotherapy-for-house-dust-mite-related-allergic-diseases
#14
Matteo Ferrando, Diego Bagnasco, Giovanni Passa-Lacqua, Francesca Puggioni, Gilda Varricchi, Giorgio Walter Canonica
BACKGROUND: The indications for Allergen immunotherapy (AIT) in patients suffering from House Dust Mite (HDM)-related allergic diseases are presently based on incomplete data. This is essentially based on the fact that HDM allergy is difficult to evaluate in clinical trials, due to the largely variable allergen exposure and symptoms, and to the long periods of observation needed to assess the effects. In addition, at variance with pollen allergy, in HDM allergy asthma is more prevalent...
April 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409680/fluctuation-metrics-as-novel-endpoints-for-clinical-trials-in-asthma
#15
Urs Frey, Julia Anna Bielicki
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April 15, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408742/effectiveness-and-success-factors-of-educational-inhaler-technique-interventions-in-asthma-copd-patients-a-systematic-review
#16
Sven L Klijn, Mickaël Hiligsmann, Silvia M A A Evers, Miguel Román-Rodríguez, Thys van der Molen, Job F M van Boven
With the current wealth of new inhalers available and insurance policy driven inhaler switching, the need for insights in optimal education on inhaler use is more evident than ever. We aimed to systematically review educational inhalation technique interventions, to assess their overall effectiveness, and identify main drivers of success. Medline, Embase and CINAHL databases were searched for randomised controlled trials on educational inhalation technique interventions. Inclusion eligibility, quality appraisal (Cochrane's risk of bias tool) and data extraction were performed by two independent reviewers...
April 13, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406326/umeclidinium-for-the-treatment-of-uncontrolled-asthma
#17
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/28402417/grandmaternal-smoke-exposure-reduces-female-fertility-in-a-murine-model-with-great-grandmaternal-smoke-exposure-unlikely-to-have-an-effect
#18
N J Camlin, A G Jarnicki, R L Vanders, K A Walters, P M Hansbro, E A McLaughlin, J E Holt
STUDY QUESTION: What effect does multigenerational (F2) and transgenerational (F3) cigarette smoke exposure have on female fertility in mice? SUMMARY ANSWER: Cigarette smoking has a multigenerational effect on female fertility. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: It has been well established that cigarette smoking decreases female fertility. Furthermore, a growing body of evidence suggests that smoking during pregnancy decreases the fertility of daughters and increases cancer and asthma incidence in grandchildren and great-grandchildren...
April 10, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402017/asthma-education-for-school-staff
#19
REVIEW
Kayleigh M Kew, Robin Carr, Tim Donovan, Morris Gordon
BACKGROUND: Teachers and school staff should be competent in managing asthma in schools. Demonstrated low levels of asthma knowledge mean that staff may not know how best to protect a child with asthma in their care, or may fail to take appropriate action in the event of a serious attack. Education about asthma could help to improve this knowledge and lead to better asthma outcomes for children. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of asthma education programmes for school staff, and to identify content and attributes underpinning them...
April 12, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397992/mucoactive-agents-for-chronic-non-cystic-fibrosis-lung-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
REVIEW
Benjamin J Tarrant, Caitlin Le Maitre, Lorena Romero, Ranjana Steward, Brenda M Button, Bruce R Thompson, Anne E Holland
Inhaled mucoactive agents are used in respiratory disease to improve mucus properties and enhance secretion clearance. The effect of mannitol, recombinant human deoxyribonuclease/dornase alfa (rhDNase) and hypertonic saline (HS) or normal saline (NS) are not well described in chronic lung conditions other than cystic fibrosis (CF). The aim of this review was to determine the benefit and safety of inhaled mucoactive agents outside of CF. We searched Medline, Embase, CINAHL and CENTRAL for randomized controlled trials investigating the effects of mucoactive agents on lung function, adverse events (AEs), health-related quality of life (HRQOL), hospitalization, length of stay, exacerbations, sputum clearance and inflammation...
April 11, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
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