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Gennaro D'Amato, Carolina Vitale, Antonio Molino, Anna Stanziola, Alessandro Sanduzzi, Alessandro Vatrella, Mauro Mormile, Maurizia Lanza, Giovanna Calabrese, Leonardo Antonicelli, Maria D'Amato
Despite major advances in the treatment of asthma and the development of several asthma guidelines, people still die of asthma currently. According to WHO estimates, approximately 250,000 people die prematurely each year from asthma. Trends of asthma mortality rates vary very widely across countries, age and ethnic groups. Several risk factors have been associated with asthma mortality, including a history of near-fatal asthma requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation, hospitalization or emergency care visit for asthma in the past year, currently using or having recently stopped using oral corticosteroids (a marker of event severity), not currently using inhaled corticosteroids, a history of psychiatric disease or psychosocial problems, poor adherence with asthma medications and/or poor adherence with (or lack of) a written asthma action plan, food allergy in a patient with asthma...
2016: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
Steven L Shein, Richard H Speicher, Alexandre T Rotta
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
José Colleti Junior, Werther Brunow de Carvalho
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
Adrian R Martineau, Christopher J Cates, Mitsuyoshi Urashima, Megan Jensen, Alex P Griffiths, Ulugbek Nurmatov, Aziz Sheikh, Chris J Griffiths
BACKGROUND: Several clinical trials of vitamin D to prevent asthma exacerbation and improve asthma control have been conducted in children and adults, but a meta-analysis restricted to double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trials of this intervention is lacking. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of administration of vitamin D and its hydroxylated metabolites in reducing the risk of severe asthma exacerbations (defined as those requiring treatment with systemic corticosteroids) and improving asthma symptom control...
September 5, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Hongmei Qiao, Huanji Cheng, Li Liu, Jianing Yin
Rhabdomyolysis is a rare but potentially fatal complication of status asthmaticus. Since the first case was reported in 1978, only a few dozen cases have been described till date. We performed a literature review with the aim to characterize the pathophysiological basis of the occurrence of rhabdomyolysis in patients with status asthmaticus. Excessive exertion of respiratory muscles, hypoxia and acidosis, electrolyte imbalance, infections, some drugs used for asthma control, use of mechanical ventilation, prolonged cardiopulmonary resuscitation, higher age of the patient and some underlying diseases or genetic factors appear to be involved in its causation...
2016: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Jennifer E Fergeson, Shiven S Patel, Richard F Lockey
Asthma affects about 300 million people globally and accounts for 1 in every 250 deaths in the world. Approximately 12 million people in the United States each year experience an acute exacerbation of their asthma, a quarter of which require hospitalization. Acute asthma should be differentiated from poor asthma control. Patients with acute asthma will exhibit increasing shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing, and/or wheezing. In contrast, poor asthma control typically presents with a diurnal variability in airflow and is a characteristic that is usually not seen during an acute exacerbation...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Seok Jeong Lee, Yong Sung Cha, Chun Sung Byun, Sang-Ha Kim, Myoung Kyu Lee, Suk Joong Yong, Won-Yeon Lee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Njira Lugogo, Christian Domingo, Pascal Chanez, Richard Leigh, Martyn J Gilson, Robert G Price, Steven W Yancey, Hector G Ortega
PURPOSE: Patients with severe eosinophilic asthma often experience recurrent asthma exacerbations despite intensive inhaled corticosteroid therapy. In 2 previous double-blind studies (MENSA [NCT01691521] and SIRIUS [NCT01691508]), treatment with intravenous or subcutaneous mepolizumab was associated with significantly reduced annualized exacerbation rates and oral corticosteroid (OCS) requirements compared with placebo. The purpose of this study was to assess the long-term safety and efficacy of subcutaneous mepolizumab treatment in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma...
September 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Erik Backhaus, Stefan Berg, Rune Andersson, Gunilla Ockborn, Petter Malmström, Mats Dahl, Salmir Nasic, Birger Trollfors
BACKGROUND: Incidence, manifestations and case-fatality rate (CFR) of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) vary with age and comorbidities. New vaccines, changing age distribution, prolonged survival among immunocompromised patients and improved sepsis management have created a need for an update of basic facts to inform vaccine recommendations. METHODS: Age, gender and comorbidities were related to manifestations and death for 2977 consecutive patients with IPD in a Swedish region with 1...
August 3, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
G D'Amato, C Vitale, M Lanza, A Sanduzzi, A Molino, M Mormile, A Vatrella, M B Bilò, L Antonicelli, M Bresciani, C Micheletto, A Vaghi, M D'Amato
Near-fatal asthma (NFA) is described as acute asthma associated with a respiratory arrest or arterial carbon dioxide tension greater than 50 mmHg, with or without altered consciousness, requiring mechanical ventilation. Risk factors for near fatal asthma have not been fully elucidated. In 80-85% of all fatal events, a phenotype, characterized by eosinophilic inflammation associated with gradual deterioration occurring in patients with severe and poorly controlled asthma, has been identified. Regarding to the management, acute severe asthma remains a significant clinical problem, which needs to be identified to facilitate early and appropriate therapeutic interventions...
July 2016: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
James M Smoliga, Zahra S Mohseni, Jeffrey D Berwager, Eric J Hegedus
KEY POINTS: "Dyspnoea" during exercise is a common complaint in seemingly otherwise healthy athletes, which may be associated with fatigue and underperformance.Because dyspnoea is an general term and may be caused by numerous factors, ranging from poor aerobic fitness to serious, potentially fatal respiratory and nonrespiratory pathologies, it is important for clinicians to obtain an appropriate case history and ask relevant exercise-specific questions to fully characterise the nature of the complaint so that a targeted diagnostic plan can be developed...
June 2016: Breathe
Sarah K Sasse, Mohammed O Altonsy, Vineela Kadiyala, Gaoyuan Cao, Reynold A Panettieri, Anthony N Gerber
Airway smooth muscle is a major target tissue for glucocorticoid (GC)-based asthma therapies, however, molecular mechanisms through which the GC receptor (GR) exerts therapeutic effects in this key airway cell type have not been fully elucidated. We previously identified the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) inhibitor, A20 (TNFAIP3), as a mediator of cytokine repression by glucocorticoids (GCs) in airway epithelial cells and defined cooperative regulation of anti-inflammatory genes by GR and NF-κB as a key mechanistic underpinning of airway epithelial GR function...
August 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Kuang-Yu Wei, Shan-Yueh Chang, Sheng-Huei Wang, Her-Young Su, Chen-Liang Tsai
Life-threatening refractory metabolic acidosis due to starvation ketoacidosis is rarely reported, even among nondiabetic pregnant women, and may be overlooked. Furthermore, stressful situations may increase the acidosis severity.In the present case, a nondiabetic multiparous woman was admitted for a near-fatal asthma attack and vomiting during the third trimester of pregnancy. She was intubated and rapidly developed high anion gap metabolic acidosis. We diagnosed the patient with starvation ketoacidosis based on vomiting with concomitant periods of stress during pregnancy and the absence of other causes of high anion gap metabolic acidosis...
June 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Alf Kozian, Thomas Schilling, Thomas Hachenberg
In daily practice, acute and chronic pulmonary diseases are common issues presenting to the anesthetist. Respiratory physiology in general is affected by both general and regional anesthesia, which results in an increased number of perioperative complications in pulmonary risk patients. Therefore, anesthetic management of patients with bronchial asthma needs to address different clinical topics: the physical appearance of pulmonary disease, type and extent of surgical intervention as well as effects of therapeutic drugs, anesthetics and mechanical ventilation on respiratory function...
June 2016: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
Francesco Menzella, Mirco Lusuardi, Gloria Montanari, Carla Galeone, Nicola Facciolongo, Luigi Zucchi
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways with variable clinical severity from very mild and occasional symptoms to recurrent critical exacerbations, at risk of fatal or near-fatal outcome, in a small percentage of patients. Within the different inflammatory cascades involved in asthma, eosinophils play a central role in the pathogenesis and largely influence disease severity. Interleukin-5 (IL-5) is the main cytokine controlling eosinophil activity and proliferation at the site of inflammation...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Antonio Moreno, Fernando Pineda, Javier Alcover, David Rodríguez, Ricardo Palacios, Eduardo Martínez-Naves
PURPOSE: Hypersensitivity to fungi is associated with rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma. For some fungi, such as Alternaria alternata (A. alternata), the symptoms of asthma are persistent, increasing disease severity and the risk of fatal outcomes. There are a large number of species of fungi but knowledge of them remains limited. This, together with the difficulties in obtaining adequate standardized extracts, means that there remain significant challenges in the diagnosis and immunotherapy of allergy associated with fungi...
September 2016: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
Xiang Dong, Nan Huang, Wenjing Li, Lintao Hu, Xiaolong Wang, Yin Wang, Ning Xiang, Guanghui Liu, Rongfei Zhu
PURPOSE: The incidence of allergen specific immunotherapy-related systemic reactions (SRs) varies among different studies, and many factors are likely to contribute to SRs. This study aims to investigate the incidence, characteristics, and risk factors of SRs to standardize dust mite-specific subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) in Central China. METHODS: All patients receiving standardized dust mites (100-100,000 SQ-U/mL; Alutard SQ, Hørsholn, Denmark) immunotherapy were followed up...
September 2016: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
Michael H Smolensky, Ramon C Hermida, Alain Reinberg, Linda Sackett-Lundeen, Francesco Portaluppi
Biological processes are organized in time as innate rhythms defined by the period (τ), phase (peak [Φ] and trough time), amplitude (A, peak-trough difference) and mean level. The human time structure in its entirety is comprised of ultradian (τ < 20 h), circadian (20 h > τ < 28 h) and infradian (τ > 28 h) bioperiodicities. The circadian time structure (CTS) of human beings, which is more complicated than in lower animals, is orchestrated and staged by a brain central multioscillator system that includes a prominent pacemaker - the suprachiasmatic nuclei of the hypothalamus...
2016: Chronobiology International
Steven L Shein, Richard H Speicher, José Oliva Proença Filho, Benjamin Gaston, Alexandre T Rotta
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2016: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
Kathleen Carlson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2016: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
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