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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813449/influenza-virus-infections-among-patients-attending-emergency-department-according-to-main-reason-to-presenting-to-ed-a-3-year-prospective-observational-study-during-seasonal-epidemic-periods
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Enrique Casalino, Stephanie Antoniol, Nadhira Fidouh, Christophe Choquet, Jean-Christophe Lucet, Xavier Duval, Benoit Visseaux, Laurent Pereira
OBJECTIVE: The role of influenza virus in patients presenting at ED during seasonal-epidemic periods has not previously been specified. Our objective was to determine its frequency according to clinical presentation. METHODS: This is a prospective observational study conducted during three-consecutive seasonal Influenza epidemics (2013-2015), including patients presenting i) community-acquired pneumonia (CAP); ii) severe acute symptoms (SAS): respiratory failure (RF), hemodynamic failure (HF), cardiac failure (CF), and miscellaneous symptoms (M); iii) symptoms suggesting influenza (PSSI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804700/abridged-version-of-the-awmf-guideline-for-the-medical-clinical-diagnostics-of-indoor-mould-exposure-s2k-guideline-of-the-german-society-of-hygiene-environmental-medicine-and-preventive-medicine-ghup-in-collaboration-with-the-german-association-of-allergists
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Gerhard A Wiesmüller, Birger Heinzow, Ute Aurbach, Karl-Christian Bergmann, Albrecht Bufe, Walter Buzina, Oliver A Cornely, Steffen Engelhart, Guido Fischer, Thomas Gabrio, Werner Heinz, Caroline E W Herr, Jörg Kleine-Tebbe, Ludger Klimek, Martin Köberle, Herbert Lichtnecker, Thomas Lob-Corzilius, Rolf Merget, Norbert Mülleneisen, Dennis Nowak, Uta Rabe, Monika Raulf, Hans Peter Seidl, Jens-Oliver Steiß, Regine Szewszyk, Peter Thomas, Kerttu Valtanen, Julia Hurraß
This article is an abridged version of the AWMF mould guideline "Medical clinical diagnostics of indoor mould exposure" presented in April 2016 by the German Society of Hygiene, Environmental Medicine and Preventive Medicine (Gesellschaft für Hygiene, Umweltmedizin und Präventivmedizin, GHUP), in collaboration with the above-mentioned scientific medical societies, German and Austrian societies, medical associations and experts. Indoor mould growth is a potential health risk, even if a quantitative and/or causal relationship between the occurrence of individual mould species and health problems has yet to be established...
2017: Allergo Journal International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791280/oxidative-stress-and-bronchial-asthma-in-children-causes-or-consequences
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Milos Jesenak, Maria Zelieskova, Eva Babusikova
Bronchial asthma is one of the most common chronic inflammatory diseases of the airways. In the pathogenesis of this disease, the interplay among the genes, intrinsic, and extrinsic factors are crucial. Various combinations of the involved factors determine and modify the final clinical phenotype/endotype of asthma. Oxidative stress results from an imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species and the capacity of antioxidant defense mechanisms. It was shown that oxidative damage of biomolecules is strongly involved in the asthmatic inflammation...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790809/clinical-characteristics-of-chronic-bronchitic-emphysematous-and-acos-phenotypes-in-copd-patients-with-frequent-exacerbations
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Yusheng Cheng, Xiongwen Tu, Linlin Pan, Shuai Lu, Ming Xing, Linlin Li, Xingwu Chen
PURPOSE: Chronic bronchitis (CB), emphysematous (EM) and asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap syndrome (ACOS) phenotypes in COPD are well recognized. This study aimed to investigate distinguishing characteristics of these phenotypes in COPD patients with frequent exacerbations (FE). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was carried out. COPD patients with acute exacerbations were consecutively reviewed from November 2015 to October 2016...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771627/treatment-of-preschool-children-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-with-wheeze-with-azithromycin-a-placebo-controlled-randomized-trial
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Piush J Mandhane, Patricia Paredes Zambrano de Silbernagel, Yin Nwe Aung, Janie Williamson, Bonita E Lee, Sheldon Spier, Mary Noseworthy, William R Craig, David W Johnson
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics are frequently used to treat wheezing children. Macrolides may be effective in treating bronchiolitis and asthma. METHOD: We completed a prospective, double-blinded, randomized placebo-control trial of azithromycin among pre-school children (12 to 60 months of age) presenting to the emergency department with wheeze. Patients were randomized to receive either five days of azithromycin or placebo. Primary outcome was time to resolution of respiratory symptoms after treatment initiation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765890/fine-particulate-matter-aggravates-allergic-airway-inflammation-through-thymic-stromal-lymphopoietin-activation-in-mice
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Yan Liu, Gan-Zhu Feng, Qiang Du, Xiao-Xiang Jin, Xing-Ran Du
Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) has been linked to exacerbation of allergic airway inflammation in mice. However, the mechanism underlying exposure to PM2.5 and subsequent and adverse effects remains to be fully elucidated. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the effects of PM2.5 by different levels on airway inflammation in mouse models of in allergic and steroid‑resistant asthma. BALB/c mice were nasally instilled with PBS (control) or 10, 31.6 or 100 µg PM2.5, and randomly assigned into nine groups...
July 26, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765717/assessing-the-performance-and-satisfaction-of-medical-residents-utilizing-standardized-patient-versus-mannequin-simulated-training
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Ali A Alsaad, Swetha Davuluri, Vandana Y Bhide, Amy M Lannen, Michael J Maniaci
BACKGROUND: Conducting simulations of rapidly decompensating patients are a key part of internal medicine (IM) residency training. Traditionally, mannequins have been the simulation tool used in these scenarios. OBJECTIVE: To compare IM residents' performance and assess realism in specific-simulated decompensating patient scenarios using standardized patients (SPs) as compared to mannequin. METHODS: Nineteen IM residents were randomized to undergo simulations using either a mannequin or an SP...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759285/systematic-review-and-content-analysis-of-asthma-knowledge-questionnaires-a-focus-on-knowledge-surrounding-acute-exacerbation-management
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Kate FitzGerald, Tsz Chun Pang, Vicky Kritikos, Bandana Saini, Rebekah Jane Moles
Objectives Asthma education is a key component of asthma management. Asthma education around management of a person who is having an acute exacerbation of asthma (often referred to as asthma first-aid training) is important, particularly in a school setting. There is no gold standard assessment of asthma knowledge and no specific tool to measure knowledge of asthma first-aid. Our aim was to identify asthma knowledge questionnaires and perform a content analysis. We were interested in evaluating the number, the type and the format of asthma first aid questions...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745850/noninvasive-ventilation-for-patients-in-acute-respiratory-distress-an-update-digest
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Nikita Joshi, Molly K Estes, Kayla Shipley, Hyun-Chul Danny Lee, Milana Zaurova
Over the last 20 years, noninvasive ventilation (NIV) strategies have been used with increasing frequency. The ease of use of NIV makes it applicable to patients presenting in a variety of types of respiratory distress. In this review, the physiology of positive pressure ventilation is discussed, including indications, contraindications, and options for mask type and fit. Characteristics of patients who are most likely to benefit from NIV are reviewed, including those in respiratory distress from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation and cardiogenic pulmonary edema...
February 22, 2017: Emergency Medicine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737932/ins-and-outs-in-environmental-and-occupational-safety-studies-of-asthma-and-engineered-nanomaterials
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Marina A Dobrovolskaia, Michael R Shurin, Valerian E Kagan, Anna A Shvedova
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 25 million Americans suffer from asthma. The disease total annual cost is about $56 billion and includes both the direct and indirect costs of medications, hospital stays, missed work, and decreased productivity. Air pollution with xenobiotics, bacterial agents, and industrial nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, contribute to the exacerbation of this condition and are a point of particular attention in environmental toxicology as well as in occupational health and safety research...
July 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737507/leukotrienes-and-sex-strange-bedfellows
#11
Lewis J Smith
Leukotrienes are proinflammatory lipid mediators that have been shown to be upregulated in several diseases, including asthma, aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD), inflammatory bowel disease, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Leukotrienes have been explored as therapeutic targets for these diseases and others; however, leukotriene inhibitors have had limited success in the clinic. There are noted differences in the incidence of leukotriene-mediated diseases in males and females, but sex as a factor in the response to leukotriene inhibitors has not been fully explored...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734637/-asthma-and-heroin-use
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Michel Underner, Jean Perriot, Gérard Peiffer, Nematollah Jaafari
INTRODUCTION: Heroin use can be responsible for many respiratory complications including asthma. OBJECTIVES: Systematic literature review of data on asthma in heroin users. DOCUMENTARY SOURCES: Medline(®), on the period 1980-2017 with the following keywords: keywords: "asthma" or "bronchospasm" and "heroin" or "opiate" or "opiates", limits "title/abstract"; the selected languages were English or French. Among 97 articles, 67 abstracts have given use to a dual reading to select 23 studies...
July 19, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732831/initiating-or-changing-to-a-fixed-dose-combination-of-fluticasone-propionate-formoterol-over-fluticasone-propionate-salmeterol-a-real-life-effectiveness-and-cost-impact-evaluation
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Simon Wan Yau Ming, John Haughney, Iain Small, Stephanie Wolfe, John Hamill, Kevin Gruffydd-Jones, Cathal Daly, Joan B Soriano, Elizabeth Gardener, Derek Skinner, Martina Stagno d'Alcontres, David B Price
OBJECTIVE: Asthma has a substantial impact on quality of life and health care resources. The identification of a more cost-effective, yet equally efficacious, treatment could positively influence the economic burden of this disease. Fluticasone propionate/Formoterol (FP/FOR) may be as effective as Fluticasone Salmeterol (FP/SAL). We evaluated non-inferiority of asthma control in terms of the proportion of patients free from exacerbations, and conducted a cost impact analysis. METHODS: This historical, matched cohort database study evaluated two treatment groups in the Optimum Patient Care Research Database in the UK: 1) an FP/FOR cohort of patients initiating treatment with FP/FOR or changing from FP/SAL to FP/FOR and; 2) an FP/SAL cohort comprising patients initiating, or remaining on FP/SAL pMDI combination therapy...
August 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700253/house-dust-mite-induced-allergic-airway-disease-is-independent-of-ige-and-fc%C3%A9-ri%C3%AE
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Christopher G McKnight, Joseph A Jude, Zhenqi Zhu, Reynold A Panettieri, Fred D Finkelman
IgE contributes to disease exacerbations but not to baseline airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in human asthma. In rodent allergic airway disease (AAD), mast cell and IgE dependence for the induction of AHR has only been observed when mice are immunized with a relatively weak allergen without adjuvant. To evaluate the role of IgE in murine AAD that is induced by a potent allergen, we inoculated BALB/c and FVB/N background wild-type, and IgE- or FcεRIα-deficient mice intratracheally with large or limiting doses of house dust mite extract (HDM) and evaluated AHR, pulmonary eosinophilia, goblet cell metaplasia, serum IgE, and lung mastocytosis...
July 12, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696802/correlation-of-induced-sputum-eosinophil-levels-with-clinical-parameters-in-mild-and-moderate-persistent-asthma-in-children-aged-7-18%C3%A2-years
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Prachi Kansal, Devki Nandan, Sheetal Agarwal, Neha Patharia, Narendra Arya
BACKGROUND: Treatment decisions in asthma are currently based on clinical assessment and spirometry. Sputum eosinophil, being a marker of airway inflammation, can serve as a tool for assessing severity and response to treatment in asthma patients. OBJECTIVES: To measure eosinophil percentage in induced sputum in children with asthma and correlate it with clinical asthma parameters. METHODS: A prospective observational study was performed at tertiary care hospital on 91 children aged 7-18 years with newly diagnosed mild or moderate persistent asthma...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693055/-the-relationship-between-smoking-status-and-epidermiology-of-asthma-in-people-aged-over-14-years-in-china
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Y Nong, J T Lin, P Chen, X Zhou, H Y Wan, K S Yin, L J Ma, C G Wu, J Li, C T Liu, N Su, G L Liu, H Xie, W Tang, M Huang, Y H Chen, L J Liu, Y Song, X L Chen, Y M Zhang, W Y Wang, W Li, L C Sun
Objective: To study the relationship between bronchial asthma and smoking status in Chinese people. Methods: Asthma epidemiological survey and stratified-cluster-random method survey were performed in residents over 14 years in 8 provinces (cities) of China from February 2010 to August 2012. Asthma was diagnosed based upon case history, clinical signs and lung function test. Smoking status was investigated by questionnaire. Results: Sampling population was 180 099 and 164 215 were valid. A total of 2 034 subjects were diagnosed as asthma including 79 692 men and 84 523 women...
July 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689842/asthma-exacerbations-pathogenesis-prevention-and-treatment
#17
Jamee R Castillo, Stephen P Peters, William W Busse
Guideline-based management of asthma focuses on disease severity and choosing the appropriate medical therapy to control symptoms and reduce the risk of exacerbations. However, irrespective of asthma severity and often despite optimal medical therapy, patients may experience acute exacerbations of symptoms and a loss of disease control. Asthma exacerbations are most commonly triggered by viral respiratory infections, particularly with human rhinovirus. Given the importance of these events to asthma morbidity and health care costs, we will review common inciting factors for asthma exacerbations and approaches to prevent and treat these events...
July 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687462/the-effect-of-tiotropium-in-combination-with-olodaterol-on-house-dust-mite-induced-allergic-airway-disease
#18
Gerrit John-Schuster, Stan de Kleijn, Yolanda van Wijck, Veerle Kremer, Hermelijn H Smits, Michael P Pieper, Pieter S Hiemstra, Christian Taube
One of the major goals of asthma therapy is to maintain asthma control and prevent acute exacerbations. Long-acting bronchodilators are regularly used for the treatment of asthma patients and in clinical studies the anti-cholinergic tiotropium has recently been shown to reduce exacerbations in patients with asthma. So far it is unclear how tiotropium exerts this effect. For this purpose, we designed an allergen-driven rechallenge model of allergic airway inflammation in mice, to assess the effectiveness of tiotropium and the long-acting β-2 adrenoceptor agonist olodaterol on allergen-induced exacerbations of airway disease...
August 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684600/frontline-science-corticotropin-releasing-factor-receptor-subtype-1-is-a-critical-modulator-of-mast-cell-degranulation-and-stress-induced-pathophysiology
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Saravanan Ayyadurai, Amelia J Gibson, Susan D'Costa, Elizabeth L Overman, Laura J Sommerville, Ashwini C Poopal, Emily Mackey, Yihang Li, Adam J Moeser
Life stress is a major risk factor in the onset and exacerbation of mast cell-associated diseases, including allergy/anaphylaxis, asthma, and irritable bowel syndrome. Although it is known that mast cells are highly activated upon stressful events, the mechanisms by which stress modulates mast cell function and disease pathophysiology remains poorly understood. Here, we investigated the role of corticotropin-releasing factor receptor subtype 1 (CRF1) in mast cell degranulation and associated disease pathophysiology...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680509/association-between-transported-asian-dust-and-outdoor-fungal-concentration-during-winter-in-a-rural-area-of-western-japan
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Kyoko Iwata, Masanari Watanabe, Jun Kurai, Naoto Burioka, Sachiko Nakamoto, Degejirihu Hantan, Eiji Shimizu
BACKGROUND: Recently, Asian dust (AD) has become a serious health problem and several studies have clearly proven that AD can aggravate asthma. However, it remains unclear as to which components of AD have a strong effect on the asthma exacerbation caused by AD exposure. Outdoor fungi can increase emergency department visits and hospitalization for asthma exacerbation and can aggravate asthma symptoms. Therefore, this study was aimed at investigating the relationship between AD and outdoor fungi and determining the potential of fungi to cause airborne particulate matter (PM)-related inflammatory responses...
2017: Genes and Environment: the Official Journal of the Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society
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