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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913032/intervention-studies-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-combined-with-long-acting-theophylline-or-long-acting-%C3%AE-2-agonists-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-asthma-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Yan Wang, Ping Chen, Anna Dai, Shengyun Shang, Lingfei Kong
PURPOSE: To evaluate and contrast the therapeutic effect and safety of fluticasone aerosol combined with theophylline tablets in patients with moderate to severe asthma, compared with salmeterol/fluticasone propionate aerosol. METHODS: After a screening period, patients meeting the inclusion criteria were randomly assigned to the experiment group (fluticasone aerosol combined with theophylline tablets) or the control group (salmeterol/fluticasone aerosol combined with placebo tablets) for 12 weeks of treatment...
November 29, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878468/the-risk-of-adverse-pregnancy-outcome-after-first-trimester-exposure-to-h1-antihistamines-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Fatma Etwel, Lauren H Faught, Michael J Rieder, Gideon Koren
INTRODUCTION: H1 antihistamines are used for the treatment of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy as well as the symptomatic relief of asthma, urticaria, allergy, and the common cold. Although they are overall felt to be safe during pregnancy, recently several studies have challenged this assumption, as millions of women are exposed to them in the first trimester. METHODS: Following the guidelines of PRISMA, a systematic review was performed to retrieve all published articles involving H1-antihistamine exposure during pregnancy...
November 22, 2016: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862645/association-between-asthma-control-and-asthma-cost-results-from-a-longitudinal-study-in-a-primary-care-setting
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Hai V Nguyen, Nivedita V Nadkarni, Usha Sankari, Shweta Mital, Weng K Lye, Ngiap C Tan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Asthma control can be assessed with the Asthma Control Test (ACT) and a score of 20 or higher indicates good asthma control. Patients pay for their consultation and treatment in the fee-for-service primary healthcare system in Singapore. We hypothesized that achieving asthma control would result in lower asthma costs through reduced acute exacerbations, fewer physician consultations and lower lost productivity. The study compared the healthcare costs of patients who achieved asthma control and those with suboptimal asthma control based on ACT scores...
November 10, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852260/can-severe-asthmatic-patients-achieve-asthma-control-a-systematic-approach-in-patients-with-difficult-to-control-asthma-followed-in-a-specialized-clinic
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Rodrigo Athanazio, Regina Carvalho-Pinto, Frederico Leon Arrabal Fernandes, Samia Rached, Klaus Rabe, Alberto Cukier, Rafael Stelmach
BACKGROUND: Despite advances in asthma treatment, severe asthma (SA) still results in high morbidity and use of health resources. Our hypothesis was that SA patients would achieve adequate control with a systematic protocol, including oral corticosteroids, budesonide/formoterol maintenance and reliever therapy and a multidisciplinary approach to improve adherence. METHODS: Non-controlled (NC) SA patients were enrolled to receive 2 weeks of oral corticosteroids and 12 weeks of formoterol + budesonide...
November 16, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830250/all-that-glitters-is-not-gold-consumer-health-informatics-and-education-in-the-era-of-social-media-and-health-apps-findings-from-the-yearbook-2016-section-on-consumer-health-informatics
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L Fernandez-Luque, P Staccini
OBJECTIVE: To summarize the state of the art published during the year 2015 in the areas related to consumer health informatics and education with a special emphasis on unintended consequences of applying mobile and social media technologies in that domain. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of articles published in PubMed with a predefined set of queries, which lead to the selection of over 700 potential relevant articles. Section editors screened those papers on the title, abstract, and finally complete paper basis, taking into account the papers' relevance for the section topic...
November 10, 2016: Yearbook of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826961/development-and-validation-of-an-attitudinal-profiling-tool-for-patients-with-asthma
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Aileen David-Wang, David Price, Sang Heon Cho, James Chung Man Ho, Chong Kin Liam, Glenn Neira, Pei Li Teh
PURPOSE: To develop a profiling tool which accurately assigns a patient to the appropriate attitudinal cluster for the management of asthma. METHODS: Attitudinal data from an online survey of 2,467 patients with asthma from 8 Asian countries/region, aged 18-50 years, having had ≥2 prescriptions in the previous 2 years and access to social media was used in a discriminant function analysis to identify a minimal set of questions for the Profiling Tool. A split-sample procedure based on 100 sets of randomly selected estimation and validation sub-samples from the original sample was used to cross-validate the Tool and assess the robustness of its predictive accuracy...
January 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27820743/anticholinergic-drugs-in-asthma-therapy
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Maria D'Amato, Carolina Vitale, Antonio Molino, Maurizia Lanza, Gennaro D'Amato
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Current guidelines recommend a stepwise approach for pharmacological therapy aimed to achieve and maintain asthma control. Despite these recommendations, at least 50% of patients continue to be uncontrolled with risk of asthma exacerbations that can often be serious and are associated with deterioration of quality of life. In recent years, the interest in anticholinergic bronchodilators, which have been primarily used in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, has increased patients with uncontrolled asthma...
January 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817817/subjects-with-well-controlled-asthma-have-similar-health-related-quality-of-life-as-subjects-without-asthma
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Sven-Arne Jansson, Malin Axelsson, Linnea Hedman, Mai Leander, Caroline Stridsman, Eva Rönmark
BACKGROUND: The burden of asthma and rhinitis on health-related quality of life (HRQL) among adults has been assessed mainly in studies of patients seeking health-care, while population-based studies are relatively scarce. The objective of this study was to investigate HRQL among subjects with asthma and rhinitis derived from a random population sample and to identify factors related to impairment of HRQL. METHODS: A randomly selected cohort was invited to participate in a postal questionnaire survey...
November 2016: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27800118/manifesto-on-small-airway-involvement-and-management-in-asthma-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-an-interasma-global-asthma-association-gaa-and-world-allergy-organization-wao-document-endorsed-by-allergic-rhinitis-and-its-impact-on-asthma-aria-and-global
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F Braido, N Scichilone, F Lavorini, O S Usmani, L Dubuske, L P Boulet, R Mosges, C Nunes, M Sanchez-Borges, I J Ansotegui, M Ebisawa, F Levi-Schaffer, L J Rosenwasser, J Bousquet, T Zuberbier, G Walter Canonica, A Cruz, A Yanez, A Yorgancioglu, D Deleanu, G Rodrigo, J Berstein, K Ohta, P Vichyanond, R Pawankar, S N Gonzalez-Diaz, S Nakajima, T Slavyanskaya, A Fink-Wagner, C Baez Loyola, D Ryan, G Passalacqua, J Celedon, J C Ivancevich, K Dobashi, M Zernotti, M Akdis, S Benjaponpitak, S Bonini, W Burks, L Caraballo, Z Awad El-Sayed, S Fineman, P Greenberger, E Hossny, J A Ortega-Martell, H Saito, M Tang, L Zhang
Evidence that enables us to identify, assess, and access the small airways in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has led INTERASMA (Global Asthma Association) and WAO to take a position on the role of the small airways in these diseases. Starting from an extensive literature review, both organizations developed, discussed, and approved the manifesto, which was subsequently approved and endorsed by the chairs of ARIA and GA(2)LEN. The manifesto describes the evidence gathered to date and defines and proposes issues on small airway involvement and management in asthma and COPD with the aim of challenging assumptions, fostering commitment, and bringing about change...
2016: World Allergy Organization Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785007/influence-of-inhaler-technique-on-asthma-and-copd-control-a-multicenter-experience
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Aleksandra Dudvarski Ilic, Vladimir Zugic, Biljana Zvezdin, Ivan Kopitovic, Ivan Cekerevac, Vojislav Cupurdija, Nela Perhoc, Vesna Veljkovic, Aleksandra Barac
BACKGROUND: The successful management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) mostly depends on adherence to inhalation drug therapy, the usage of which is commonly associated with many difficulties in real life. Improvement of patients' adherence to inhalation technique could lead to a better outcome in the treatment of asthma and COPD. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the utility of inhalation technique in clinical and functional control of asthma and COPD during a 3-month follow-up...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774739/physician-agreement-regarding-the-expansion-of-pharmacist-professional-activities-in-the-management-of-patients-with-asthma
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Audrey Tilly-Gratton, Alexandrine Lamontagne, Lucie Blais, Simon L Bacon, Pierre Ernst, Roland Grad, Kim L Lavoie, Martha L McKinney, Eve Desplats, Francine M Ducharme
BACKGROUND: Asthma control remains suboptimal in Canada. Expansion of pharmacist's professional activities offers the opportunity to improve the interdisciplinary management of patients with asthma. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the level of agreement of physicians regarding the expansion of pharmacists' professional activities in the management of asthma patients. METHODS: We conducted a survey of randomly selected Quebec physicians in family medicine, paediatrics and emergency medicine...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773786/monoclonal-antibody-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-asthma-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-with-eosinophilic-inflammation
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John Nixon, Paul Newbold, Tomas Mustelin, Gary P Anderson, Roland Kolbeck
Eosinophils have been linked with asthma for more than a century, but their role has been unclear. This review discusses the roles of eosinophils in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and describes therapeutic antibodies that affect eosinophilia. The aims of pharmacologic treatments for pulmonary conditions are to reduce symptoms, slow decline or improve lung function, and reduce the frequency and severity of exacerbations. Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are important in managing symptoms and exacerbations in asthma and COPD...
October 20, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753839/sy-06-3-role-of-surgical-treatment-of-morbid-obesity
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Wei-Jei Lee
Obesity is a pan-endemic health problem in both developed and developing countries, in both western and eastern countries. It increases risk for many common diseases, including type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, heart disease, stroke, asthma, osteoarthritis, cancers and depression etc.. Although the incidence of obesity in Asia is relatively low, Asian patients tend to have similar incidence of obesity related metabolic syndrome at lower BMI level comparing to Caucasians because of central obesity...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744739/the-role-of-exercise-in-a-weight-loss-program-on-clinical-control-in-obese-adults-with-asthma-a-rct
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Patricia D Freitas, Palmira G Ferreira, Aline G Silva, Rafael Stelmach, Regina M Carvalho-Pinto, Frederico L A Fernandes, Marcio C Mancini, Maria N Sato, Milton A Martins, Celso R F Carvalho
RATIONALE: Clinical control is difficult to achieve in obese patients with asthma. Bariatric surgery has been recommended for weight-loss and to improve asthma control; however, the benefits of nonsurgical interventions have been poorly investigated. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of exercise training in a weight-loss program on asthma control, quality of life, inflammatory biomarkers and lung function. METHODS: Fifty-five obese patients with asthma were randomly assigned to either a weight-loss program + exercise (WL+E group, n=28) or a weight-loss program + sham (WL+S group, n=27) group, where the weight-loss program included nutrition (caloric restriction) and psychological therapies...
July 19, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27736038/multidisciplinary-treatment-in-children-with-problematic-severe-asthma-a-prospective-evaluation
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Marieke Verkleij, Anita Beelen, Bart E van Ewijk, Rinie Geenen
OBJECTIVE: For children with problematic severe asthma, achieving adequate control of asthma is difficult. The aim of this prospective observational study was to evaluate the effects of intensive multidisciplinary inpatient treatment on multiple outcome variables in children with problematic severe asthma. METHODS: Participants were 89 children with problematic severe asthma (mean age 13.6 ± 2.5 years) treated in tertiary care clinics at high altitude (Switzerland) or sea level (Netherlands) and their parents (85 mothers, 55 fathers)...
October 13, 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730200/add-on-laba-in-a-separate-inhaler-as-asthma-step-up-therapy-versus-increased-dose-of-ics-or-ics-laba-combination-inhaler
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David B Price, Gene Colice, Elliot Israel, Nicolas Roche, Dirkje S Postma, Theresa W Guilbert, Willem M C van Aalderen, Jonathan Grigg, Elizabeth V Hillyer, Victoria Thomas, Richard J Martin
Asthma management guidelines recommend adding a long-acting β2-agonist (LABA) or increasing the dose of inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) as step-up therapy for patients with uncontrolled asthma on ICS monotherapy. However, it is uncertain which option works best, which ICS particle size is most effective, and whether LABA should be administered by separate or combination inhalers. This historical, matched cohort study compared asthma-related outcomes for patients (aged 12-80 years) prescribed step-up therapy as a ≥50% extrafine ICS dose increase or add-on LABA, via either a separate inhaler or a fine-particle ICS/LABA fixed-dose combination (FDC) inhaler...
April 2016: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27709465/leukotriene-receptor-antagonists-for-the-treatment-of-asthma-in-elderly-patients
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Hoang Kim Tu Trinh, Ga-Young Ban, Ji-Ho Lee, Hae-Sim Park
Elderly asthma (EA) is regarded as a distinct phenotype of asthma and is associated with age-related changes in airway structure and alterations in lung function and immune responses. EA is difficult to diagnose because of aging and co-morbidities, and overlaps with fixed airway obstructive disease. Novel modalities to differentiate between EA and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are necessary. A multifaceted approach, including clinical history, smoking habits, atopy, and measurement of lung function, is mandatory to differentiate asthma from COPD...
October 2016: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27709308/evaluation-of-the-improvement-effect-of-laser-acupuncture-biostimulation-in-asthmatic-children-by-exhaled-inflammatory-biomarker-level-of-nitric-oxide
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Ola A Dabbous, Mona M Soliman, Nagwa H Mohamed, Magda Y Elseify, Mai S Elsheikh, Asmaa A A Alsharkawy, Manal M Abd Al Aziz
Variable therapy of asthma is not sufficient yet to achieve good asthma control. Therapy decision requires serial investigations. Low-level laser acupuncture is a suitable non-invasive modality of complementary medicine. The exhaled breath condensate (EBC) is easy and useful to evaluate the efficacy of drugs or novel therapy. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of low-level laser biostimulation of acupuncture points on asthma improvement in children. Forty-eight asthmatic children were subdivided into case (laser) group, which received 12 direct contact low-power laser acupuncture sessions (three sessions/week) on specific traditional Chinese acupuncture points for bronchial asthma, and control asthmatic group, which received sham laser acupuncture on the same acupoints and number of sessions of the case (laser) group...
October 5, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27676193/inhaler-technique-in-asthma-how-does-it-relate-to-patients-preferences-and-attitudes-toward-their-inhalers
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Lia Jahedi, Sue R Downie, Bandana Saini, Hak-Kim Chan, Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich
BACKGROUND: Correct inhaler technique can increase medication efficacy, reducing both dose and side effects. Patient preference for inhaler device has not been fully explored, and we hypothesized that if patients have a preference and can choose their inhaler, they might be more likely to use it correctly. Our aim was to determine the preferences, attitudes, and perceptions of patients with asthma toward their inhalers, and to evaluate whether any of these factors were related to inhalation technique...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27672067/effect-of-obesity-and-metabolic-syndrome-on-severity-quality-of-life-sleep-quality-and-inflammatory-markers-in-patients-of-asthma-in-india
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Mandeep Singh, Nitesh Gupta, Raj Kumar
INTRODUCTION: The study aimed to compare the effect of obesity with and without metabolic syndrome on asthma severity, quality of life, sleep quality, sleep disordered breathing and inflammatory markers as compared to non-obese asthma patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 60 asthma patients recruited for the study were divided equally into non-obese (NOA), obese without metabolic syndrome (OANMS) and obese with metabolic syndrome (OAMS) groups. Study cohorts were assessed for severity of asthma, quality of life and quality of sleep using questionnaires and inflammatory markers (FENO, hs-CRP, IL-5, IL-6 and leptin)...
2016: Pneumonologia i Alergologia Polska
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