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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220322/serious-fungal-infections-in-the-philippines
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M C R Batac, D Denning
The Philippines is a low middle-income, tropical country in Southeast Asia. Infectious diseases remain the main causes of morbidity, including tuberculosis. AIDS/HIV prevalence is still low at <1%, but is rapidly increasing. Fungal disease surveillance has not been done, and its burden has never been estimated. This becomes more important as the population of immunocompromised patients increases, drawn from patients with AIDS, TB, malignancies, and autoimmune diseases requiring chronic steroid use. Using the methodology of the LIFE program ( www...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219384/clarithromycin-attenuates-il-13-induced-periostin-production-in-human-lung-fibroblasts
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Kosaku Komiya, Shoichiro Ohta, Kazuhiko Arima, Masahiro Ogawa, Shoichi Suzuki, Yasutaka Mitamura, Satoshi Nunomura, Yasuhiro Nanri, Tomohito Yoshihara, Atsushi Kawaguchi, Jun-Ichi Kadota, Bruce K Rubin, Kenji Izuhara
BACKGROUND: Periostin is a biomarker indicating the presence of type 2 inflammation and submucosal fibrosis; serum periostin levels have been associated with asthma severity. Macrolides have immunomodulatory effects and are considered a potential therapy for patients with severe asthma. Therefore, we investigated whether macrolides can also modulate pulmonary periostin production. METHODS: Using quantitative PCR and ELISA, we measured periostin production in human lung fibroblasts stimulated by interleukin-13 (IL-13) in the presence of two 14-member-ring macrolides-clarithromycin or erythromycin-or a 16-member-ring macrolide, josamycin...
February 20, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219068/altered-expression-of-genes-encoding-cornulin-and-repetin-in-atopic-dermatitis
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Magdalena Trzeciak, Monika Sakowicz-Burkiewicz, Martyna Wesserling, Jolanta Gleń, Daria Dobaczewska, Tomasz Bandurski, Roman Nowicki, Tadeusz Pawelczyk
BACKGROUND: It is assumed that beside alterations in the filaggrin gene (FLG), disturbances within genes encoding other cornified envelope proteins are also involved in atopic dermatitis (AD). To identify new potential markers of AD, we studied the polymorphisms of genes encoding repetin (RPTN), cornulin (CRNN), and their expression in the skin of AD patients. METHODS: Polymorphisms in CRNN (rs941934), RPTN (rs284544, rs28441202, rs3001978, and rs12117644), and FLG mutations (R2447X, S3247X) were analyzed by TaqMan genotyping assay and by PCR-RFLP in the blood samples of 159 AD patients and 108 healthy subjects...
February 21, 2017: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218986/risk-factors-hindering-asthma-symptoms-control-in-saudi-children-and-adolescents
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Rabih Halwani, Alejandro Vazquez-Tello, Nour Horanieh, Said Dulgom, Zohair Al-Aseri, Nouf Al-Khamis, Zubaida Al-Sum, Hamdan Al-Jahdali, Saleh Al-Muhsen
BACKGROUND: Maintaining well control of asthma symptoms can help preventing exacerbations and its associated complications. The Asthma Control Test (ACT) can rapidly assess the effectiveness of asthma management plan and therapy. OBJECTIVE: To identify risk factors associated with uncontrolled asthma symptoms in young Saudi asthmatics (3-17 years-old). METHODS: In this cross-sectional hospital-based survey, the ACT was administered to 297 asthmatic children/adolescents, recruited at the emergency department (ED) of two major hospitals...
February 20, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217437/spontaneous-pneumomediastinum-in-a-healthy-young-female-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Ahmed Dirweesh, Chikezie Alvarez, Muhammad Khan, Donald Christmas
Spontaneous pneumomediastinum (SPM) is an uncommon finding in young adults presenting usually without any comorbidities or an underlying pathology. It is most commonly due to alveolar rupture in the setting of an inciting event such an underlying asthma, barotrauma, valsalva maneuver, or esophageal rupture. Individuals can have varying presentations, from chest pain, dyspnea and dysphagia, to anxiety, weakness, or facial and neck swelling. The majority of patients have subcutaneous emphysema on examination and can have abnormal laboratory findings such as an elevated C-reactive proteins and leukocytosis...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217433/visual-analogue-scales-vas-measuring-instruments-for-the-documentation-of-symptoms-and-therapy-monitoring-in-cases-of-allergic-rhinitis-in-everyday-health-care-position-paper-of-the-german-society-of-allergology-aeda-and-the-german-society-of-allergy-and-clinical
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Ludger Klimek, Karl-Christian Bergmann, Tilo Biedermann, Jean Bousquet, Peter Hellings, Kirsten Jung, Hans Merk, Heidi Olze, Wolfgang Schlenter, Philippe Stock, Johannes Ring, Martin Wagenmann, Wolfgang Wehrmann, Ralph Mösges, Oliver Pfaar
BACKROUND: Visual analogue scales (VAS) are psychometric measuring instruments designed to document the characteristics of disease-related symptom severity in individual patients and use this to achieve a rapid (statistically measurable and reproducible) classification of symptom severity and disease control. VAS can also be used in routine patient history taking and to monitor the course of a chronic disease such as allergic rhinitis (AR). More specifically, the VAS has been used to assess effectiveness of AR therapy in real life, both in intermittent and persistent disease...
2017: Allergo Journal International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216598/clinical-signs-staphylococcus-and-atopic-eczema-related-seromarkers
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Kam Lun Hon, Kathy Yin Ching Tsang, Jeng Sum C Kung, Ting Fan Leung, Christopher W K Lam, Chun Kwok Wong
: Childhood eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) is a distressing disease associated with pruritus, sleep disturbance, impaired quality of life and Staphylococcus aureus isolation. The pathophysiology of AD is complex and various seromarkers of immunity are involved. We investigated if anti-staphylococcal enterotoxin IgE (anti-SE), selected seromarkers of T regulatory (Treg), T helper (Th) and antigen-presenting cells (APC) are associated with clinical signs of disease severity and quality of life...
February 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216104/high-flow-nasal-cannula-therapy-versus-non-invasive-ventilation-in-children-with-severe-acute-asthma-exacerbation-an-observational-cohort-study
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J Pilar, V Modesto I Alapont, Y M Lopez-Fernandez, O Lopez-Macias, D Garcia-Urabayen, I Amores-Hernandez
INTRODUCTION: The present study describes our experience with the high-flow humidified nasal cannula (HFNC) versus non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in children with severe acute asthma exacerbation (SA). METHODS: An observational study of a retrospective cohort of 42 children with SA admitted to a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for non-invasive respiratory support was made. The primary outcome measure was failure of initial respiratory support (need to escalate from HFNC to NIV or from NIV to invasive ventilation)...
February 16, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215604/burden-of-chronic-oral-corticosteroid-use-by-adults-with-persistent-asthma
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Robert S Zeiger, Michael Schatz, Qiaowu Li, Wansu Chen, Deepak B Khatry, Trung N Tran
BACKGROUND: Chronic oral corticosteroid (C-OCS) use in asthma is an indicator of disease severity, but its risk factors are largely unknown. OBJECTIVE: To describe patient characteristics and disease burden associated with C-OCS use by adults with persistent asthma. METHODS: We identified 9546 patients aged 18 to 64 years in a large managed care organization who met the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set 2-year criteria (2009-2010) for persistent asthma...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214911/-risk-of-pneumonia-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-treated-with-inhaled-corticosteroids-evidence-and-uncertainties
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Cristoforo Incorvaia, Bruna Gritti, Irene Martignago, Gian Galeazzo Riario-Sforza, Erminia Ridolo
A large number of studies, evaluated by several meta-analyses, indicate that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treated with inhaled corticosteroids have a significantly increased risk of pneumonia which, however, is not associated with a corresponding increase in mortality. The increased risk seems to be exclusive of COPD, since meta-analyses involving patients with asthma treated with inhaled corticosteroids did not show a risk of pneumonia higher than that of the general population...
November 2016: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214137/japanese-guidelines-for-allergic-rhinitis-2017
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Kimihiro Okubo, Yuichi Kurono, Keiichi Ichimura, Tadao Enomoto, Yoshitaka Okamoto, Hideyuki Kawauchi, Harumi Suzaki, Shigeharu Fujieda, Keisuke Masuyama
Like asthma and atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis is an allergic disease, but of the three, it is the only type I allergic disease. Allergic rhinitis includes pollinosis, which is intractable and reduces quality of life (QOL) when it becomes severe. A guideline is needed to understand allergic rhinitis and to use this knowledge to develop a treatment plan. In Japan, the first guideline was prepared after a symposium held by the Japanese Society of Allergology in 1993. The current 8th edition was published in 2016, and is widely used today...
February 14, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214106/multicenter-study-of-cigarette-smoking-among-adults-with-asthma-exacerbations-in-the-emergency-department-2011-2012
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Robert A Silverman, Kohei Hasegawa, Daniel J Egan, Kirk A Stiffler, Ashley F Sullivan, Carlos A Camargo
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies demonstrated a high prevalence of cigarette smoking in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with acute asthma. Despite the clinical and public health importance, there have been no recent multicenter efforts to characterize this patient population. We aimed to update the prevalence of cigarette smoking among ED patients with asthma exacerbations. METHODS: Multicenter chart review study of 48 EDs across 23 US states...
February 7, 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212793/mir-634-is-a-pol-iii-dependent-intronic-microrna-regulating-alternative-polyadenylated-isoforms-of-its-host-gene-prkca
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Elvezia Maria Paraboschi, Giulia Cardamone, Valeria Rimoldi, Stefano Duga, Giulia Soldà, Rosanna Asselta
BACKGROUND: The protein kinase C alpha (PRKCA) gene, coding for a Th17-cell-selective kinase, shows a complex splicing pattern, with at least 2 stable alternative transcripts characterized by an alternative upstream polyadenylation site. Polymorphisms in this gene were associated with several conditions, including multiple sclerosis, asthma, schizophrenia, and cancer. The presence of a microRNA (miRNA), i.e. miR-634, within intron 15 of the PRKCA gene, suggests the intriguing possibility that this miRNA might play a role in the susceptibility to these pathologies...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212153/new-therapies-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-exacerbations-of-bronchiectasis
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Hani Abo-Leyah, James D Chalmers
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Exacerbations of bronchiectasis have a major impact on quality of life, healthcare costs, and long-term risk of complications. Preventing exacerbations is one of the major goals of treatment. Bronchiectasis is increasingly recognized and the impact of bronchiectasis exacerbations on daily clinical practice is also increasing. RECENT FINDINGS: Preventing bronchiectasis exacerbations are dependent on appropriate risk assessment, identifying the patients at highest risk to rationally target preventive therapies...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209625/association-of-blood-eosinophil-and-blood-neutrophil-counts-with-asthma-exacerbations-in-the-copenhagen-general-population-study
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Signe Vedel-Krogh, Sune Fallgaard Nielsen, Peter Lange, J Rgen Vestbo, B Rge Gr Nne Nordestgaard
BACKGROUND: Blood eosinophil count is a marker of eosinophilic airway inflammation and disease severity in asthma. However, blood neutrophil count might also be associated with disease severity. We tested the hypothesis that high blood eosinophil and neutrophil counts are both associated with the risk of asthma exacerbations among individuals with asthma from the general population. METHODS: From the Copenhagen General Population Study with 81351 participants, we included 4838 with self-reported asthma...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209270/crosstalk-between-glucocorticoids-and-il-4-modulates-ym1-expression-in-alternatively-activated-myeloid-cells
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Nathalie Ng Kuet Leong, Frank Brombacher, Alexander H Dalpke, Michael Weitnauer
Airway epithelial cells induce a tolerogenic microenvironment by modulating immune cells in the lung. We recently showed that the supernatant of airway epithelial cells induces two marker genes of alternative activation, Ym1 and Ms4a8a, in respiratory myeloid cells. This induction was partially mediated by glucocorticoids, secreted by airway epithelial cells. In this study, we further investigated Ym1 and Ms4a8a regulation in alternatively activated myeloid cells in the presence of the TH2 cytokines IL-4 and IL-13...
February 9, 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208871/clinical-utility-of-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-feno-as-a-biomarker-to-predict-severity-of-disease-and-response-to-inhaled-corticosteroid-ics-in-asthma-patients
#17
Revathy Neelamegan, Vinodkumar Saka, Kadhiravan Tamilarasu, Manju Rajaram, Sandhiya Selvarajan, Adithan Chandrasekaran
INTRODUCTION: Bronchial asthma is a common chronic inflammatory airway disease diagnosed and is based on symptomatic history and Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT). Fractional exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) is exclusively a non-invasive biomarker of on-going eosinophilic airway inflammation which remains unpredictable only with PFTs. FeNO measurement is recommended in predicting asthma severity and Inhaled Corticosteroid (ICS) response but further research is required to understand its clinical utility and agreement with current recommendations in a specific population...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208220/allergic-respiratory-disease-different-allergens-different-symptoms
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Antonio Valero, Santiago Quirce, Ignacio Dávila, Julio Delgado, Javier Domínguez-Ortega
BACKGROUND: Spanish population is rather homogeneous in its genetic and socio-cultural characteristics, but allergen sensitization shows wide geographical variations. We aimed at assessing whether sensitization to different allergens in the diverse geographical areas induced different clinical and quality of life characteristics in adult patients with a first-time diagnosis of rhinitis and/or asthma. METHODS: Two sequential, identically designed studies were carried out to evaluate such associations (PERFILAR I and II)...
February 16, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208047/targeted-therapy-for-chronic-respiratory-disease-a-new-paradigm
#19
Peter G Gibson, Matthew J Peters, Claire E Wainwright
Targeted therapy has emerged as a highly effective treatment approach for chronic respiratory diseases. Many of these conditions have dismal outcomes; however, targeted therapy shows great results for the subgroup who respond. This represents a new way to approach these conditions and offers great promise as a future treatment direction. In severe eosinophilic asthma, therapy that targets the interleukin-5 pathway with monoclonal antibodies leads to a 50% reduction in asthma exacerbations in previously refractory disease...
February 20, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207843/allergic-rhinitis-atopic-dermatitis-and-asthma-are-associated-with-differences-in-school-performance-among-korean-adolescents
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So Young Kim, Min-Su Kim, Bumjung Park, Jin-Hwan Kim, Hyo Geun Choi
Several studies have reported negative relations between allergic diseases and school performance but have not simultaneously considered various allergic diseases, including allergic rhinitis, asthma, and atopic dermatitis, and only examined a limited number of participants. The present study investigated the associations of allergic rhinitis, asthma, and atopic dermatitis with school performance in a large, representative Korean adolescent population. A total of 299,695 7th through 12th grade students participated in the Korea Youth Risk Behaviour Web-based Survey (KYRBWS) from 2009 to 2013...
2017: PloS One
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