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Sunday 26, Sep 2010

  Inhaler type used in treatment of asthma termed crucial

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Inhaler type used in treatment of asthma termed crucialAsthma is one of the most prevalent diseases in today’s times with more than 5 million people being affected with the disease in the United Kingdom alone.

According to a major study in the UK that was highlighted by the researchers examining the medical records of 900,000 asthma patients across the UK, non-prescription of the most suitable inhalers is the biggest reason why asthma sufferers are dying needlessly.

The study compared asthma control levels and the need and quantity of doctor appointments for patients making use of different devices and it was disclosed that asthma patients had far better control over their disease by making use of inhalers they would activate by breathing in, when compared with the traditional devices commonly recommended by medical practitioners.

Wednesday 31, Mar 2010

  Asthma control in Preschoolers

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Asthma control in PreschoolersAccording to a review in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), asthma is the commonest of all chronic diseases in children besides being a prime reason for hospital admissions yet there is lack of asthma control in 26 to 45 percent of children.

The review offered key insights to differentiate between transient asthma and chronic asthma in preschoolers and information on managing both types.

More research is required to examine the effectiveness of treatments in young children, as per the study authors.

Thursday 04, Feb 2010

  Continuing benefits possible only with regular asthma medications

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continuing-benefits-possible-only-with-regular-asthma-medicationsChildren whose asthma improved while being administered with steroids for a continuing period of time need to continue the use else improvements may not be experienced after stopping use of steroids, as per results from a comprehensive childhood asthma study.

This study appeared in the Journal of Pediatrics and the researchers were able to find out that children now in their late teens and administered with steroids during the trial showed no differences in terms of asthma control with the children receiving placebo.

It was remarked by Robert C. Strunk, M.D., a Washington University pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and lead author of the study that asthma management gets better for children as they grow older since the airways get bigger.

Wednesday 10, Jun 2009

  Cells mediating steroid-resistance Asthma identified

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Cells mediating steroid-resistance Asthma identifiedChildren’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC researchers have claimed to identify cells that are likely to play an important role in some forms of steroid-resistant asthma, which is a complication that has the effect of making treatment more challenging.

Jay K. Kolls, MD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Immunology at Children’s Hospital and study’s senior author, remarked that the identification of T Helper Type 17 (Th17), a lineage of cells, can help scientists to develop new forms of treatment to control asthma in an effective manner. These findings are likely to benefit more than 11 million of Americans who have been diagnosed with steroid-resistant asthma.

The findings have been seen as positive steps in finding a potential new target for development of drugs that can finally lead to effective asthma control and management. It is believed that these latest findings have the potential to change the methods of treating steroid-resistant asthma in a better way.