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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545137/re-examining-the-association-between-residential-exposure-to-magnetic-fields-from-power-lines-and-childhood-asthma-in-the-danish-national-birth-cohort
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Madhuri Sudan, Onyebuchi A Arah, Thomas Becker, Yael Levy, Torben Sigsgaard, Jørn Olsen, Ximena Vergara, Leeka Kheifets
BACKGROUND: A study reported an increased risk of asthma in children whose mothers were exposed to magnetic field (MF) levels above 0.2 μT during pregnancy. We re-examined this association using data from mothers and children in the Danish National Birth Cohort (DNBC). METHODS: This study included 92,676 singleton-born children and their mothers from the DNBC. MF exposure from power lines was estimated for all residences where the mothers lived during pregnancy and for all children from birth until the end of follow up...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544140/investigation-of-bronchiectasis-in-severe-uncontrolled-asthma
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Katerina Dimakou, Anna Gousiou, Michail Toumbis, Maria Kaponi, Serafeim Chrysikos, Loukas Thanos, Christina Triantafillidou
INTRODUCTION: The presence of bronchiectasis in patients with asthma varies in different reports, while a clear etiological relation has not been precisely established. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the presence of bronchiectasis in patients with severe uncontrolled asthma and examine whether they contribute to the severity of asthma. METHODS: Patients with severe asthma were prospectively recruited. HRCT of the chest was performed to identify and grade bronchiectasis using the "Smith" radiology scale...
May 24, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543931/severe-asthma-in-children
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REVIEW
Andrew Bush, Louise Fleming, Sejal Saglani
Most children with asthma have their disease easily controlled if low-dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) are regularly and correctly administered. If a child presents with asthma which is apparently resistant to therapy with high-dose ICS and other controllers, then they have problematic severe asthma. However, in light of the UK National Review of Asthma Deaths, definitions of severe asthma based solely on the levels of prescribed treatment are too narrow. A detailed assessment of all such children should be performed...
May 25, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543436/prenatal-environmental-tobacco-smoke-exposure-increases-allergic-asthma-risk-with-methylation-changes-in-mice
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Sonja Christensen, Zeina Jaffar, Elizabeth Cole, Virginia Porter, Maria Ferrini, Britten Postma, Kent E Pinkerton, Mihi Yang, Yang Jee Kim, Luke Montrose, Kevan Roberts, Andrij Holian, Yoon Hee Cho
Allergic asthma remains an inadequately understood disease. In utero exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) has been identified as an environmental exposure that can increase an individual's asthma risk. To improve our understanding of asthma onset and development, we examined the effect of in utero ETS exposure on allergic disease susceptibility in an asthmatic phenotype using a house dust mite (HDM) allergen-induced murine model. Pregnant C57BL/6 mice were exposed to either filtered air or ETS during gestation, and their offspring were further exposed to HDM at 6-7 weeks old to induce allergic inflammation...
May 25, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543283/targeting-pp2a-and-proteasome-activity-ameliorates-features-of-allergic-airway-disease-in-mice
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Prema M Nair, Malcolm R Starkey, Tatt Jhong Haw, Gang Liu, Jay C Horvat, Jonathan C Morris, Nikki M Verrills, Andrew R Clark, Alaina J Ammit, Philip M Hansbro
BACKGROUND: Asthma is an allergic airway disease (AAD) caused by aberrant immune responses to allergens. Protein phosphatase-2A (PP2A) is an abundant serine/threonine phosphatase with anti-inflammatory activity. The ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS) controls many cellular processes, including the initiation of inflammatory responses by protein degradation. We assessed if enhancing PP2A activity with Fingolimod (FTY720) or 2-amino-4-(4-(heptyloxy) phenyl)-2-methylbutan-1-ol (AAL(S) ), or inhibiting proteasome activity with Bortezomib (BORT) could suppress experimental AAD...
May 24, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542217/assessment-of-asthma-severity-in-adults-with-ever-asthma-a-continuous-score
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Lucia Calciano, Angelo Guido Corsico, Pietro Pirina, Giulia Trucco, Deborah Jarvis, Christer Janson, Simone Accordini
BACKGROUND: In epidemiological studies, continuous measures of asthma severity should be used to catch the heterogeneity of phenotypes. This study aimed at developing and validating continuous measures of asthma severity in adult patients with ever asthma from the general population, to be used in epidemiological studies. METHODS: Respiratory symptoms, anti-asthmatic treatment and lung function were measured on 520 patients with ever asthma aged 20-64 years from the general Italian population (GEIRD study; 2007/2010)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541072/associations-between-spontaneous-parental-perspective-taking-and-stimulated-cytokine-responses-in-children-with-asthma
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Erika M Manczak, Cynthia S Levine, Katherine B Ehrlich, Devika Basu, Dan P McAdams, Edith Chen
OBJECTIVES: Cognitive empathy in parents-reflecting the extent to which one considers the perspectives and emotions of others-is hypothesized to contribute to family social environments in ways that affect youths' physical health. Using a novel assessment technique for cognitive empathy, the current study examined associations between spontaneous parental perspective-taking and key inflammatory processes implicated in pediatric asthma. METHOD: One hundred thirty children (ages 9-17) with physician-diagnosed asthma, along with 1 parent, participated in the current study...
May 25, 2017: Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540285/allergen-avoidance-in-allergic-asthma
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REVIEW
Francesca Cipriani, Elisabetta Calamelli, Giampaolo Ricci
Allergic asthma is the most frequent disease among the chronic respiratory disorders in pediatric age with an important social impact. In the last years, many efforts have been made to identify effective preventive approaches to get a better control of symptoms and to obtain the best future outcomes for the patients. In patients with allergic asthma triggered by the exposure to indoor allergens, the avoidance is the first intervention to prevent the appearance or the worsening of bronchial symptoms. This review article summarized the most recent evidence from literature about the efficacy of specific control interventions for the most important allergens...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539949/screening-for-depressive-disorder-in-elderly-patients-with-chronic-physical-diseases-using-the-patient-health-questionnaire-9
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Seon-Cheol Park, Hwa-Young Lee, Dong-Woo Lee, Sang-Woo Hahn, Sang-Ho Park, Yeo Ju Kim, Jae Sung Choi, Ho-Sung Lee, Soyoung Irene Lee, Kyoung-Sae Na, Sung Won Jung, Se-Hoon Shim, Ki Won Kim, Jong-Woo Paik, Young-Joon Kwon
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to identify depressive symptom profiles that indicated the presence of depressive disorder and present optimal cut-off sub-scores for depressive symptom profiles for detecting depressive disorder in elderly subjects with chronic physical diseases including diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/asthma, and coronary artery disease, using the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9). METHODS: Two hundred and thirty-one elderly patients with chronic physical diseases were recruited consecutively from a university-affiliated general hospital in South Korea...
May 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539734/honey-and-health-a-review-of-recent-clinical-research
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REVIEW
Saeed Samarghandian, Tahereh Farkhondeh, Fariborz Samini
Honey is one of the most appreciated and valued natural products introduced to humankind since ancient times. Honey is used not only as a nutritional product but also in health described in traditional medicine and as an alternative treatment for clinical conditions ranging from wound healing to cancer treatment. The aim of this review is to emphasize the ability of honey and its multitude in medicinal aspects. Traditionally, honey is used in the treatment of eye diseases, bronchial asthma, throat infections, tuberculosis, thirst, hiccups, fatigue, dizziness, hepatitis, constipation, worm infestation, piles, eczema, healing of ulcers, and wounds and used as a nutritious supplement...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539639/the-absence-of-interferon-%C3%AE-promotor-stimulator-1-ips-1-predisposes-to-bronchiolitis-and-asthma-like-pathology-in-response-to-pneumoviral-infection-in-mice
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Jennifer Simpson, Jason P Lynch, Zhixuan Loh, Vivian Zhang, Rhiannon B Werder, Kirsten Spann, Simon Phipps
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)-bronchiolitis is a major cause of infant morbidity and mortality and a risk factor for subsequent asthma. We showed previously that toll-like receptor (TLR)7 in plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) is critical for protection against bronchiolitis and asthma in mice infected with pneumonia virus of mice (PVM), the mouse homolog of RSV. This lack of redundancy was unexpected as interferon-β promotor stimulator-1 (IPS-1) signalling, downstream of RIG-I-like receptor (RLR) and not TLR7 activation, contributes to host defence in hRSV-inoculated adult mice...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536690/asthma-food-allergy-and-how-they-relate-to-each-other
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REVIEW
Ru-Xin Foong, George du Toit, Adam T Fox
The association between atopic diseases is well known, and previous research has shown that having one atopic disease can predispose to having another. The link between asthma and food allergy has been well researched, but the exact relationship between the two atopic conditions is not fully understood. Food allergic infants are at increased risk for the development of asthma and are at risk of food-induced asthmatic episodes and also anaphylaxis. Having a diagnosis of both food allergy and asthma has also been shown to have an effect on the severity of a patient's disease including being at greater risk of severe asthmatic episodes...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534235/nasal-high-flow-in-management-of-children-with-status-asthmaticus-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Florent Baudin, Alexandra Buisson, Blandine Vanel, Bruno Massenavette, Robin Pouyau, Etienne Javouhey
BACKGROUND: Asthma is the most common obstructive airway disease in children and adults. Nasal high flow (NHF) is a recent device that is now used as a primary support for respiratory distress. Several studies have reported use of NHF as a respiratory support in status asthmaticus; however, there are no data to recommend such practice. We therefore conducted this preliminary study to evaluate NHF therapy for children with status asthmaticus admitted to our PICU in order to prepare a multicentre randomized controlled study...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533901/allergic-respiratory-disease-ard-setting-forth-the-basics-proposals-of-an-expert-consensus-report
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Ana M Navarro, Julio Delgado, Rosa M Muñoz-Cano, M Teresa Dordal, Antonio Valero, Santiago Quirce
BACKGROUND: The variability of symptoms observed in patients with respiratory allergy often hampers classification based on the criteria proposed in guidelines on rhinitis and asthma. OBJECTIVES: We assessed specific aspects of allergic respiratory disease (ARD) that are not explicitly addressed in the guidelines in order to issue specific recommendations and thus optimize clinical practice. METHODS: Using the Delphi technique, 40 Spanish allergists were surveyed to reach consensus on 71 items related to ARD...
2017: Clinical and Translational Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533690/accreditation-of-specialized-asthma-units-for-adults-in-spain-an-applicable-experience-for-the-management-of-difficult-to-control-asthma
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Carolina Cisneros, Rocío Magdalena Díaz-Campos, Núria Marina, Carlos Melero, Alicia Padilla, Silvia Pascual, Celia Pinedo, Andrea Trisán
This paper, developed by consensus of staff physicians of accredited asthma units for the management of severe asthma, presents information on the process and requirements for already-existing asthma units to achieve official accreditation by the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR). Three levels of specialized asthma care have been established based on available resources, which include specialized units for highly complex asthma, specialized asthma units, and basic asthma units. Regardless of the level of accreditation obtained, the distinction of "excellence" could be granted when more requirements in the areas of provision of care, technical and human resources, training in asthma, and teaching and research activities were met at each level...
2017: Journal of Asthma and Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533689/medication-related-costs-of-rhinitis-in-australia-a-nostradata-cross-sectional-study-of-pharmacy-purchases
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Pete Smith, David Price, Richard Harvey, Andrew Simon Carney, Vicky Kritikos, Sinthia Z Bosnic-Anticevich, Louise Christian, Derek Skinner, Victoria Carter, Alice Marie Sybille Durieux
PURPOSE: There is a relative paucity of research regarding medication expenditure associated with multiple-therapy use for rhinitis in Australia. To describe 1) the nature and extent of multiple-therapy use for rhinitis in Australia using data on therapies purchased with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) and 2) additional costs incurred by multiple-therapy use compared with intranasal corticosteroid (INCS) therapy alone. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective observational study was carried out using a database containing anonymous pharmacy transaction data available from 20% of pharmacies in Australia that links doctor prescriptions and OTC purchase information...
2017: Journal of Asthma and Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533230/deletion-of-pikfyve-alters-alveolar-macrophage-populations-and-exacerbates-allergic-inflammation-in-mice
#17
Takumi Kawasaki, Kosuke Ito, Haruhiko Miyata, Shizuo Akira, Taro Kawai
Alveolar macrophages (AMs) are specialized tissue-resident macrophages that orchestrate the immune responses to inhaled pathogens and maintain organ homeostasis of the lung. Dysregulation of AMs is associated with allergic inflammation and asthma. Here, we examined the role of a phosphoinositide kinase PIKfyve in AM development and function. Mice with conditionally deleted PIKfyve in macrophages have altered AM populations. PIKfyve deficiency results in a loss of AKT activation in response to GM-CSF, a cytokine critical for AM development...
May 22, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533080/influenza-vaccination-for-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-implications-for-pharmacists
#18
Rasha M Arabyat, Dennis W Raisch, Ludmila Bakhireva
BACKGROUND: Influenza virus is responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality. Specific populations are at higher risk for exacerbations from influenza virus, such as patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Influenza vaccination coverage among COPD patients is low. Pharmacists can improve influenza vaccination among COPD patients by recognizing factors that influence vaccination and addressing these factors. OBJECTIVES: To (1) determine the recent influenza vaccination coverage among patients with COPD, (2) identify factors that were associated with immunization, and (3) interpret the results based upon Andersen's healthcare utilization model...
February 24, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532191/cost-effectiveness-of-omalizumab-add-on-to-standard-of-care-therapy-in-patients-with-uncontrolled-severe-allergic-asthma-in-a-brazilian-healthcare-setting
#19
Cibele Suzuki, Nilceia Lopes da Silva, Praveen Kumar, Purnima Pathak, Siew Hwa Ong
OBJECTIVE: Omalizumab add-on to standard-of-care therapy has proven to be efficacious in severe asthma patients for whom exacerbations cannot be controlled otherwise. Moreover, evidence from different healthcare settings suggests reduced healthcare resource utilization with omalizumab. Based on these findings, we aimed to assess the cost effectiveness of the addition of omalizumab to standard-of-care therapy in patients with uncontrolled severe allergic asthma in a Brazilian healthcare setting...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530840/oral-glucocorticoid-sparing-effect-of-benralizumab-in-severe-asthma
#20
Parameswaran Nair, Sally Wenzel, Klaus F Rabe, Arnaud Bourdin, Njira L Lugogo, Piotr Kuna, Peter Barker, Stephanie Sproule, Sandhia Ponnarambil, Mitchell Goldman
Background Many patients with severe asthma rely on oral glucocorticoids to manage their disease. We investigated whether benralizumab, a monoclonal antibody directed against the alpha subunit of the interleukin-5 receptor that significantly reduces the incidence of asthma exacerbations, was also effective as an oral glucocorticoid-sparing therapy in patients relying on oral glucocorticoids to manage severe asthma associated with eosinophilia. Methods In a 28-week randomized, controlled trial, we assessed the effects of benralizumab (at a dose of 30 mg administered subcutaneously either every 4 weeks or every 8 weeks [with the first three doses administered every 4 weeks]) versus placebo on the reduction in the oral glucocorticoid dose while asthma control was maintained in adult patients with severe asthma...
May 22, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
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