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Thousands of children put at risk by asthma medication

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ASTHMA experts fear thousands of Australian children are using unnecessary and potentially dangerous asthma medications, and are calling for a review of the alarming frequency with which the drugs are prescribed.

 

The drugs, called long-acting beta2 agonists, can be taken by themselves but are commonly found in combination puffers such as Seretide and Symbicort.

 


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PPI Ineffective for Asthma Control in Children With No GERD Symptoms - AAFP News Now

PPI Ineffective for Asthma Control in Children With No GERD Symptoms - AAFP News Now | Asthma | Scoop.it

Curator's Note:  Many physicians have long considered gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD) to be a factor in poorly controlled asthma in children. The clinical trial just reported in JAMA compared placebo to a proton-pump inhibitor (anti-reflux medication) in children with asthma. They found that, unless children "had symptoms of reflux," their asthma did not benefit from treating reflux.

 

But NOTE:  chronic cough and night-time cough are both "symptoms of reflux". These are also symptoms of asthma. Therefore, it can be difficult to separate them. As a result, I have a hard time taking anything useful away from this study.

 

From my own decade of treating children with respiratory symptoms and reflux, I "cure" a surprising number of children of their "asthma" using a simple trial of Zantac (generic: ranitidine) - a relatively safe anti-reflux medication. More recently, I have had families return to clinic reporting that they have had great success reducing their child's need for asthma inhalers, by using DGL lozenges - a 'natural' anti-reflux and anti-inflammatory. Anyway, the link here is to an article about the report in the revered Journal of the Americal Medical Association (JAMA). For what that's worth:

 

"PPI Ineffective for Asthma Control in Children With No GERD Symptoms | AAFP News / By Lisa Curran | An acid reflux drug frequently prescribed for children with poorly controlled asthma does not improve asthma control if the child has no symptoms of..."


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Asthma symptoms could be aggravated by imbalance problems

Anxiety and imbalance are closely related. Muscles and joints are controlled by signals from the brain, which are, in turn, sent from stimuli from the eyes and inner ear. This function is also controlled by the limbic system in the brain, which is additionally responsible for emotions, such as anxiety.

 

Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-09-asthma-symptoms-aggravated-imbalance-problems.html#jCp


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Children's Asthma Not Eased by Anti-Reflux Drug - Voice of America

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USA TODAYChildren's Asthma Not Eased by Anti-Reflux DrugVoice of AmericaJanuary 25, 2012 Children's Asthma Not Eased by Anti-Reflux Drug Carol Pearson | Washington Asthma is a chronic disorder that makes it difficult to breathe.
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Understanding The Signs & Symptoms of Asthma in Children | Asthma Treatment Tips

Asthma Treatment Tips - Asthma affects the small tubes (airways) that carry air in and out of the lungs, also known as the bronchi.
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