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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444980/adolescent-girls-with-asthma-have-worse-asthma-control-and-health-related-quality-of-life-than-boys-a-population-based-study
#1
Caroline Stridsman, Helena Backman, Britt-Marie Eklund, Eva Rönmark, Linnea Hedman
BACKGROUND: Population-based studies investigating health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among asthmatic adolescents are rare. Further, among subjects with asthma, HRQoL may be affected by asthma control and severity. AIM: To investigate HRQoL in relation to asthma control and asthma severity among adolescents. METHOD: As a part of the population-based OLIN pediatric study, 266 adolescents with current asthma (14-15 yr) were identified...
April 26, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442924/a-framework-for-measuring-self-management-effectiveness-and-health-care-use-among-pediatric-asthma-patients-and-families
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REVIEW
Pavani Rangachari
Asthma is associated with substantial health care expenditures, including an estimated US$56 billion per year in direct costs. A recurring theme in the asthma management literature is that costly asthma symptoms, including hospitalizations and multiple emergency department (ED)/outpatient visits, can often be prevented through patient/family adherence to the national (National Institutes of Health Expert Panel Report-3) guidelines for effective self-management of asthma, specifically 1) medication adherence and 2) environmental trigger avoidance, as outlined in the patient's personalized Asthma-Action Plan...
2017: Journal of Asthma and Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438375/racial-and-ethnic-differences-in-pediatric-readmissions-for-common-chronic-conditions
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Kavita Parikh, Jay Berry, Matt Hall, Grant M Mussman, Amanda Montalbano, Joanna Thomson, Rustin Morse, Karen M Wilson, Samir S Shah
OBJECTIVE: To compare the timing and magnitude of variation of pediatric readmission rates across race/ethnicity for selected chronic conditions: asthma, diabetes, seizures, migraines, and depression. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of hospitalizations at 48 children's hospitals in the 2013 Pediatric Health Information System database for children (ages 0-18 years) admitted for asthma (n = 36 910), seizure (n = 35 361), diabetes (n = 12 468), migraine (n = 5882), and depression (n = 5132)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416251/initial-asthma-severity-assessment-tools-as-predictors-of-hospitalization
#4
Natalia Paniagua, Amaia Elosegi, Isabel Duo, Ana Fernandez, Elisa Mojica, Lorea Martinez-Indart, Santiago Mintegi, Javier Benito
BACKGROUND: Assessment tools to classify and prioritize patients, such as systems of triage, and indicators of severity, such as clinical respiratory scores, are helpful in guiding the flow of asthmatic patients in the emergency department. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to assess the performance of the Pediatric Assessment Triangle (PAT), triage level (TL), Pulmonary Score (PS), and initial O2 saturation (O2 sat), in predicting hospitalization in pediatric acute asthma exacerbations...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406652/family-functioning-and-child-asthma-severity-a-bio-behavioral-approach
#5
Nour Al Ghriwati, Marcia A Winter, Robin S Everhart, Barbara H Fiese
INTRODUCTION: Family factors are directly associated with the psychosocial adjustment of children with chronic illnesses such as asthma (Kaugars, Klinnert, & Bender, 2004). Research indicates that negative family factors may also contribute to child disease severity via bio-behavioral mechanisms of effect. For instance, children from more conflicted families often experience greater internalizing symptoms that subsequently impact their asthma severity (Wood et al., 2006). These pathways have yet to be examined with a comprehensive focus on strength-based family factors...
April 13, 2017: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393284/an-obesity-preventive-lifestyle-score-is-negatively-associated-with-pediatric-asthma
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Constantina Papoutsakis, Eleni Papadakou, Maria Chondronikola, Georgios Antonogeorgos, Vasiliki Matziou, Maria Drakouli, Evanthia Konstantaki, Kostas N Priftis
PURPOSE: Lifestyle (diet and physical activity) may increase asthma risk, but evidence in this area is lacking. The aims of the present study were to calculate an obesity-preventive lifestyle score comprising of eating and physical activity behaviors and investigate the overall effect of lifestyle on asthma in children. METHODS: A cross-sectional case-control study was carried out in 514 children (217 asthma cases and 297 healthy controls). Data were collected on medical history, anthropometry, dietary intake, and physical activity...
April 9, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387160/long-term-treatment-in-pediatric-asthma-an-update-on-chemical-pharmacotherapy
#7
Carolina Vitale, Angelantonio Maglio, Corrado Pelaia, Alessandro Vatrella
Asthma is the most common chronic disease in childhood, affecting approximately 10% of all children, and is the leading cause of hospitalization in developed countries. In this paper we aimed to review the evidence on chemical pharmacotherapy for long-term treatment of pediatric asthma, according to the latest updates. Area covered: Long-term treatment, essential for controlling symptoms and reducing future risks including exacerbations and decline in lung function, includes control agents such as inhaled corticosteroids, long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonists, and leukotriene modifiers...
May 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377880/paradoxical-bronchospasm-from-benzalkonium-chloride-bac-preservative-in-albuterol-nebulizer-solution-in-a-patient-with-acute-severe-asthma-a-case-report-and-literature-review-of-airway-effects-of-bac
#8
Mathew George, Saumya Vinod Joshi, Emily Concepcion, Haesoon Lee
Nebulized bronchodilator solutions are available in the United States as both nonsterile and sterile-filled products. Sulfites, benzalkonium chloride (BAC), or chlorobutanol are added to nonsterile products to prevent bacterial growth. Bronchoconstriction from inhaled BAC is cumulative, prolonged, and correlates directly with basal airway responsiveness. The multi-dose dropper bottle of albuterol sulfate solution contains 50 μg BAC per/2.5 mg of albuterol, which may be below or at the lower limit of the threshold dose for bronchoconstriction...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363856/bitterness-prediction-in-silico-a-step-towards-better-drugs
#9
Malkeet Singh Bahia, Ido Nissim, Masha Niv
Bitter taste is innately aversive and thought to protect against consuming poisons. Bitter taste receptors (Tas2Rs) are G-protein coupled receptors, expressed both orally and extra-orally and proposed as novel targets for several indications, including asthma. Many clinical drugs elicit bitter taste, suggesting the possibility of drugs re-purposing. On the other hand, the bitter taste of medicine presents a major compliance problem for pediatric drugs. Thus, efficient tools for predicting, measuring and masking bitterness of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are required by the pharmaceutical industry...
March 28, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349590/benzalkonium-chloride-a-bronchoconstricting-preservative-in-continuous-albuterol-nebulizer-solutions
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Sreekala Prabhakaran, Mutasim Abu-Hasan, Leslie Hendeles
BACKGROUND: For convenience, many pediatric hospitals are preparing solutions for continuous nebulized albuterol (CNA) using the 0.5% 20 mL multi-dose albuterol dropper bottle. This product contains benzalkonium chloride (BAC) which, by itself, produces bronchospasm that is dose-dependent and cumulative. The bronchoconstrictive effects of BA are greater in patients with more severe airway obstruction and increased airway responsiveness. CONCERNS: Use of BAC-containing albuterol during severe acute asthma exacerbations may antagonize the bronchodilator response to albuterol, prolong treatment, and increase the risk of albuterol-related systemic adverse effects...
March 28, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341172/comparison-of-pediatric-and-adult-systemic-reactions-to-subcutaneous-immunotherapy
#11
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339145/respiratory-syncytial-virus-host-interaction-in-the-pathogenesis-of-bronchiolitis-and-its-impact-on-respiratory-morbidity-in-later-life
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REVIEW
Giovanni A Rossi, Andrew A Colin
Rossi GA, Colin AA(.) Respiratory syncytial virus - host interaction in the pathogenesis of bronchiolitis and its impact on respiratory morbidity in later life. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most common agent of severe airway disease in infants and young children. Large epidemiologic studies have demonstrated a clear relationship between RSV infection and subsequent recurrent wheezing and asthma into childhood, thought to be predominantly related to long-term changes in neuroimmune control of airway tone rather than to allergic sensitization...
March 24, 2017: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328807/associations-of-il-4-il-6-and-il-12-levels-in-peripheral-blood-with-lung-function-cellular-immune-function-and-quality-of-life-in-children-with-moderate-to-severe-asthma
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Ai-Hua Cui, Jing Zhao, Shu-Xiang Liu, Ying-Shuang Hao
BACKGROUND: Pediatric asthma has gained increasing concerns with poorly understood pathogenesis. The purpose of this study was to explore the associations of interleukin-4 (IL-4), IL-6, and IL-12 levels in peripheral blood (PB) with lung function, cellular immune function, and children's quality of life (QOL) with moderate-to-severe asthma. METHODS: A total of 1158 children with moderate-to-severe asthma (the experimental group) and 1075 healthy children (the control group) were recruited for our study...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296746/prevalence-and-clinical-features-of-adult-atopic-dermatitis-in-tertiary-hospitals-of-china
#14
MULTICENTER STUDY
Xin Wang, Xiao-Dong Shi, Lin-Feng Li, Ping Zhou, Yi-Wei Shen, Qing-Kun Song
The prevalence of atopic dermatitis (AD) has increased substantially. Previous studies have focused mostly on pediatric patients, while epidemiological investigation on adult AD has been very limited.The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and clinical features of adult AD in outpatients with dermatitis and eczema in China mainland.A multicenter cross-sectional study was conducted among outpatients with eczema or dermatitis from 39 tertiary hospitals of 15 provinces in China from July 1 to September 30, 2014...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286262/intravenous-magnesium-sulfate-for-bronchiolitis-a-randomized-trial
#15
Khalid Alansari, Rafah Sayyed, Bruce L Davidson, Shahaza Al Jawala, Mohamed Ghadier
BACKGROUND: To determine if intravenous magnesium, useful for severe pediatric asthma, reduces time to medical readiness for discharge in bronchiolitis patients when added to supportive care METHODS: We compared a single dose of 100 mg/kg intravenous magnesium sulfate versus placebo for acute bronchiolitis. Patients received bronchodilator therapy, nebulized hypertonic saline, and 5 days of dexamethasone if there was eczema and/or a family history of asthma. Time to medical readiness for discharge was the primary efficacy outcome...
March 9, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284473/positive-expiratory-pressure-for-the-treatment-of-acute-asthma-exacerbations-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Nidhya Navanandan, Monica Federico, Rakesh D Mistry
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of brief, single administration of positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy in reducing clinical severity and need for additional second-line therapies and hospitalization in children presenting to the emergency department (ED) with acute asthma. STUDY DESIGN: This was a prospective randomized controlled trial of children 2-18 years of age presenting to a tertiary-care academic pediatric ED with moderate-to-severe asthma exacerbations from December 2014 to June 2016...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279683/long-term-pulmonary-complications-in-perinatally-hiv-infected-youth
#17
William T Shearer, Denise L Jacobson, Wendy Yu, George K Siberry, Murli Purswani, Suzanne Siminski, Laurie Butler, Erin Leister, Gwendolyn Scott, Russell B Van Dyke, Ram Yogev, Mary E Paul, Ana Puga, Andrew A Colin, Meyer Kattan
BACKGROUND: Increased incidence and prevalence of asthma have been documented for perinatally HIV-infected youth 10 to 21 years of age compared with HIV-exposed uninfected (HEU) youth. OBJECTIVE: We sought to perform objective pulmonary function tests (PFTs) in HIV-infected and HEU youth with and without diagnosed asthma. METHOD: Asthma was determined in 370 participants (218 HIV-infected and 152 HEU participants) by means of chart review and self-report at 13 sites...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276002/different-cutoff-values-of-methacholine-bronchial-provocation-test-depending-on-age-in-children-with-asthma
#18
Eun Lee, Young-Ho Kim, Seungbong Han, Song-I Yang, Young-Ho Jung, Ju-Hee Seo, Hyo-Bin Kim, So Yeon Lee, Ji-Won Kwon, Soo-Jong Hong
BACKGROUND: Bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) is a fundamental pathophysiological characteristic of asthma. Although several factors such as airway caliber can affect BHR, no study has established age-dependent cutoff values of BHR to methacholine for the diagnosis of asthma in children. We investigated the cutoff values of the methacholine challenge test (MCT) in the diagnosis of asthma according to age. METHODS: A total of 2383 individuals aged from 6 to 15 years old were included in this study...
March 8, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261576/personalized-medicine-in-allergic-asthma-at-the-crossroads-of-allergen-immunotherapy-and-biologicals
#19
REVIEW
Benedikt Fritzsching
Major allergic disease can be viewed as clinical syndromes rather than discrete disease entities. Emerging evidence indicates that allergic asthma includes several disease phenotypes. Immunological deviation toward high T helper cell type 2 cytokine levels has been demonstrated for a subgroup of pediatric asthma patients, and now, several novel monoclonal antibodies have been approved for treatment of this subgroup as a stratified approach of "personalized" medicine in allergy. Introduction of component-based IgE testing before allergen immunotherapy (AIT), i...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257631/clinical-practice-recommendations-for-allergen-specific-immunotherapy-in-children-the-italian-consensus-report
#20
REVIEW
Giovanni Battista Pajno, Roberto Bernardini, Diego Peroni, Stefania Arasi, Alberto Martelli, Massimo Landi, Giovanni Passalacqua, Antonella Muraro, Stefania La Grutta, Alessandro Fiocchi, Luciana Indinnimeo, Carlo Caffarelli, Elisabetta Calamelli, Pasquale Comberiati, Marzia Duse
Allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT) is currently recognized as a clinically effective treatment for allergic diseases, with a unique disease-modifying effect. AIT was introduced in clinical practice one century ago, and performed in the early years with allergenic extracts of poor quality and definition. After the mechanism of allergic reaction were recognized, the practice of AIT was refined, leading to remarkable improvement in the efficacy and safety profile of the treatment. Currently AIT is accepted and routinely prescribed worldwide for respiratory allergies and hymenoptera venom allergy...
January 23, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
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