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Potential new risk for sleep apnea identified: Asthma

Researchers have identified a potential new risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea: asthma.
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Milk - good or bad for asthma | Asthma Foundation

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Dairy products like milk are promoted as part of a healthy diet in supporting growth and calcium consumption, but is it advisable to restrict dairy products to help asthma?

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Flu epidemic - the risk for Australians with asthma | Asthma Foundation

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You may have heard recent reports that the U.S. has suffered a bad flu season this year; so much so, it has been classed officially as an epidemic, killing hundreds more people than last year. Fortunately, it appears their flu season is winding down, but for us that means trouble could be on the way.

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Urgent GP call! Identify and vaccinate patients at higher risk of pneumococcal pneumonia - News

Urgent GP call! Identify and vaccinate patients at higher risk of pneumococcal pneumonia - News | Respiratory Conditions News | Scoop.it
Before April 2011, all patients aged 65 years were eligible to receive a pneumococcal vaccination and a second vaccination at 70 years of age through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
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Monday's medical myth: dairy products exacerbate asthma

Monday's medical myth: dairy products exacerbate asthma | Respiratory Conditions News | Scoop.it
Dairy products are good for the bones, so we’re encouraged to have regular serves of (reduced-fat) milk cheese and yogurt. But can they make asthma and allergies worse?
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Participate in asthma research | Asthma Foundation

Participate in asthma research | Asthma Foundation | Respiratory Conditions News | Scoop.it

Some research studies conducted to find possible causes or treatments for asthma, or to investigate social or psychological aspects of the condition, require human involvement. These are known as clinical trials.

Clinical trials are research studies that are carefully designed to answer specific questions concerning the safety and effectiveness of a drug, treatment, or diagnostic method, or to find ways to improve patients' quality of life.

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Ask the expert - vitamins | Asthma Foundation

Ask the expert - vitamins | Asthma Foundation | Respiratory Conditions News | Scoop.it

There’s lots of advertising around for supplements that seem to help any health problems. Which vitamins or supplements can improve my asthma?

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Comparison of Physician, BioMarker and Symptom-Based Strategies for Adjustment of Inhaled Corticosteroid Therapy in Adults with Asthma

Among adults with mild to moderate persistent asthma controlled with low-dose inhaled corticosteroid therapy, the use of either biomarker-based or symptom-based adjustment of inhaled corticosteroids was not superior to physician assessment–based adjustment of inhaled corticosteroids in time to treatment failure.

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Intermittent regimens of iron supplementation during pregnancy | Cochrane Summaries

The present systematic review is the most comprehensive summary of the evidence assessing the benefits and harms of intermittent iron supplementation regimens in pregnant women on haematological and pregnancy outcomes. The findings suggest that intermittent iron+folic acid regimens produce similar maternal and infant outcomes at birth as daily supplementation but are associated with fewer side effects. Women receiving daily supplements had increased risk of developing high levels of Hb in mid and late pregnancy but were less likely to present mild anaemia near term. Although the evidence is limited and the quality of the trials was low or very low, intermittent may be a feasible alternative to daily iron supplementation among those pregnant women who are not anaemic and have adequate antenatal care.

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Do weight loss programs have beneficial effects on asthma outcomes in people with asthma? | Cochrane Summaries

We included four completed studies conducted amongst adults (n = 197). Two were published as abstracts, and two as full articles. Interventions included supervised physical activity, low calorie diet and anti-obesity drugs (singly or in combination), and were compared to usual care (two studies), low calorie diet (one study), while one study had three intervention arms (physical activity versus low calorie diet versus a combination of the two). Two studies were conducted in high-income countries, while two were conducted in upper, middle-income countries.

All studies had an unclear risk of selection and a high risk of detection bias. One of the studies found a statistically significant reduction in symptoms scores in treatment compared to control groups: the difference between groups in total St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) score was −10 units (95% CI -18 to−1; P = 0.02). One study showed reduction in doses of rescue medication in treatment compared with control groups in the short term. Weight loss was associated with some improvement in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) and forced vital capacity (FVC) in one study, which was statistically significant, but clinically unimportant; there was no improvement in peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR). No data were reported on health care utilization and adverse effects. One study reported statistically significant weight loss in the treatment group compared to controls with no intervention, which was still significant at one year follow-up.

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Asthma and obesity: does weight loss improve asthma control? a systematic review.

The authors concluded that overweight and obese adults with asthma experience a high symptomatic remission rate and significant improvements in asthma control, including objective measures of disease activity, after weight loss. Although these positive effects of weight loss on asthma-related health outcomes seem not to be accompanied by remission or improvements in markers of eosinophilic airway inflammation, it has potentially important implications for the future burden of asthma.

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Risk of pneumonia associated with use of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers: systematic review and meta-analysis | BMJ

The best evidence available points towards a putative protective role of ACE inhibitors but not ARBs in risk of pneumonia. Patient populations that may benefit most are those with previous stroke and Asian patients. ACE inhibitors were also associated with a decrease in pneumonia related mortality, but the data lacked strength.

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Of influenza, flu, potions and key opinion leaders

Welcome to Facts about Flu – Our week-long series of articles about influenza.Ever wonder why the flu, coughs and colds that you suffered from in your youth have become a monster killer that rolls out…...
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Ask the expert: Is there a link between air quality and the prevalence of asthma

Professor Connie Katelaris looks at whether there is a link between air quality and the prevalence of asthma
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Research findings: weight loss treatment for asthma | Asthma Foundation

Research findings: weight loss treatment for asthma | Asthma Foundation | Respiratory Conditions News | Scoop.it

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When we talk about asthma treatments, we tend to think of medications, but new research shows that maybe losing a few kilos could make a big difference too.

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Disease connection discovery could point to better health - News

Disease connection discovery could point to better health - News | Respiratory Conditions News | Scoop.it
Medical information and Health advice on diseases, symptoms, drugs and treatments. 3D animations, Doctor and Patient Videos, blogs, forums, medical tools and more.
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Certain Jobs May Still Pose Risk for Asthma: MedlinePlus

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Certain Jobs May Still Pose Risk for Asthma.  Exposure to chemicals at work causes many cases of asthma, especially for plumbers, spray painters and hair stylists, a new study finds.

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Asthma at Christmas time | Asthma Foundation

Christmas is just around the corner and it is that time of the year when people are busy with celebrations, holidays and preparation for the perfect Christmas. Unfortunately, along with the festive season come some particular asthma triggers. 

During this season if you forget about your daily routine, your preventer medication and don’t follow your asthma action plan, those Christmas triggers could really spoil your celebrations, so here’s a few tips to help you enjoy every moment. 

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Botox and asthma | Asthma Foundation

 

Since 2002, Botox, the trade name for botulinum toxin, has been most commonly associated with cosmetic procedures used to reduce facial wrinkles by blocking messages from nerves to muscles, stopping the muscles from contracting. We do know that Botox has other medical applications too. It’s current and potential uses include the treatment of chronic migraines, eye conditions, movement disorders, excessive sweating as well as many others. It is an area in which there is a lot of research being conducted.

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Asthma kids risk mental health - News

Asthma kids risk mental health - News | Respiratory Conditions News | Scoop.it
A new study has found that young children with severe or persistent asthma are at higher risk of developing many common mental health problems.
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Tiotropium for managing COPD | Cochrane Summaries

This review shows that tiotropium treatment was associated with a significant improvement in patients' quality of life and it reduced the risk of exacerbations, with a number needed to treat to benefit (NNTB) of 16 to prevent one exacerbation. Tiotropium also reduced exacerbations leading to hospitalisation but no significant difference was found for hospitalisation of any cause or mortality. Thus, tiotropium appears to be a reasonable choice for the management of patients with stable COPD, as proposed in guidelines. The review however, shows that tiotropium delivered via the Respimat soft mist inhaler was associated with a significantly increased risk of mortality compared with placebo, which calls for caution with this device whilst awaiting the results of an ongoing head-to-head trial comparing tiotropium delivery devices and doses.

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Inhaled steroids for stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease | Cochrane Summaries

Patients and clinicians should balance the potential benefits of inhaled steroids in COPD (reduced rate of exacerbations, reduced rate of decline in quality of life and possibly reduced rate of decline in FEV1) against the potential side effects (oropharyngeal candidiasis and hoarseness, and risk of pneumonia).

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AM - Concern about over prescription of asthma medication 04/08/2012

AM - Concern about over prescription of asthma medication 04/08/2012 | Respiratory Conditions News | Scoop.it

Asthma experts are concerned that many doctors are unnecessarily prescribing children preventative medication.

An article in the medical journal Australian Prescriber says strong medications are too often used as first-line therapy.

They're known as combination therapies; that means medication that combines inhaled steroids with drugs which reduce inflammation.

Our reporter Will Ockenden spoke to Professor Peter van Asperen, head of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Sydney's Westmead Children's Hospital.

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Vitamin D Deficiency and Poor Lung Function

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with poorer lung function in children with asthma treated with inhaled corticosteroids, according to researchers in Boston, USA.

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