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Tuesday 08, Jun 2010

  Traditional persistent cough treatment may not be always effective

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Traditional persistent cough treatment may not be always effectiveAccording to two new reviews of previous medical studies, the traditional treatment option for persistent cough cannot be considered as an effective option as a whole.

The first review suggested that the antibiotic treatment could be helpful for children with moist cough lasting for a period more than ten days while the second review suggested that children with persistent cough should not be treated with corticosteroids that are commonly prescribed for treating asthma patients.

From News-Medical.Net:

In their review of moist cough — coughs that sound as if there is mucus in the throat or lungs — Julie Marchant, M.D., of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, and colleagues found that a week-long course of antibiotics resulted in the cough’s disappearance in one of every three children treated. The antibiotics kept the cough from becoming worse in one of every four children treated.

Another earlier study conducted by Marchant suggests that bacterial bronchitis is common in children with this type of persistent cough, and “this may explain the findings of this review that antibiotics appear to be beneficial for prolonged moist cough in children,” Marchant says.

This reviews appeared in an issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research.

Friday 07, May 2010

  Traditional treatment of persistent cough may not be totally effective

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Traditional treatment of persistent cough may not be totally effectiveThe traditional medical treatment form of persistent cough may not prove to the most effective as per two new reviews of previous medical studies.

It was concluded by the first review that antibiotic treatment may prove useful to children with moist cough lasting for a period more than ten days. The second review suggested that children with persistent drug coughs must not be treated with corticosteroids, which are normally prescribed for treating asthma patients.

This reviews appeared in an issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research.

Wednesday 28, Apr 2010

  Acute asthma symptoms can be tackled by antibiotic

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acute-asthma-symptoms-can-be-tackled-by-antibioticTelithromycin, an antibiotic made by sanofi-aventis and not currently used for treating asthma, can prove useful in treating acute asthma attacks and was recently termed as a potentially new method to help asthma patients by researchers.

The antibiotic can hasten the recovery time of patients who have had attacks of asthma by three days besides reducing the associated symptoms and improving lung function. Presently, steroids are used to control inflammation of the lungs.

The study investigated 278 patients at 70 centers around the world, including St Mary’s Hospital, London and the team included researchers from Imperial College London, the University of Milan, the University of Auckland, the National Jewish Medical Centre, USA, G.R. Micro Ltd, London, and sanofi-aventis, USA.

Saturday 17, Apr 2010

  New antibiotic identified to speed up asthma recovery

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New antibiotic identified to speed up asthma recoveryA relatively new type of antibiotic has been identified that can provide quick relief from an attack of asthma, as per a study. It was, however, noted that more research is required before this antibiotic can be prescribed.

Asthma is a chronic ailment that affects millions around the world and leads to airway inflammation and disruptions in breathing.

Antibiotics are usually not recommended for treating asthma but some physicians prescribe them to patients suffering from asthma and experiencing respiratory problems, which are possibly because of bacterial infections.

Wednesday 03, Jun 2009

  STEROIDS FOR CURING INFECTIOUS DISEASES

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STEROIDS FOR CURING INFECTIOUS DISEASESResearchers have taken up a study stating that unlike the anabolic steroids, there is another kind of steroids known as corticosteroids which are used to decrease the rate of inflammation caused by a bacterial infection. Everybody stays under the impression that steroids are very harmful and ineffective but after studying its positive results to treat pneumonia proved that it is no more an unsafe option to use.

Scientists have found that using a combination of steroids and antibiotics cured pneumonia to a very high level as compared to the one treated only with antibiotics. there was an immense reduction in the inflammation of lungs when studied on a mice infected with a bacterial pneumonia.

Though antimicrobials still remain the primary therapy to cure pneumonia like diseases, still after lot of studies on steroids scientists found the importance of using them as a inflammatory reduction element in the treatment.

Also it was found that that this combination is very effective to patients also suffering from asthma. Although Dr. Hardy, one of the scientists from UT Southwestern Medical Center says it’s too early to decide whether to recommend this since still much work needs to be done by clinical trials.

Monday 01, Jun 2009

  Combination of Antibiotic and Steroids for Sinus Treatment

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Combination of Antibiotic and Steroids for Sinus TreatmentAccording to a study of JAMA, a combination of antibiotic and steroids is useful for treating acute sinusitis with less than severe symptoms.

Acute sinusitis is a sinus infection that is a common clinical problem with symptoms similar to other illnesses, and is often observed in general masses. Researchers showed that anti-inflammatory drugs such as topical steroids are quite beneficial in cases of acute sinusitis.

To determine the effectiveness of the antibiotic amoxicillin and topical steroid budesonide in acute maxillary sinusitis, Ian G. Williamson, M.D., of the University of Southampton, England, and colleagues conducted a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial.

240 adults were divided into four groups, antibiotic and nasal steroid (500 mg of amoxicillin 3 times per day for 7 days and 200 ìg of budesonide in each nostril once per day for 10 days); placebo antibiotic and nasal steroid; antibiotic and placebo nasal steroid; placebo antibiotic and placebo nasal steroid.

All this showed that the nasal steroids were effective to patients who had less severe symptoms of sinusitis.