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Thursday 12, Aug 2010

  Treatment based on steroid received differently by young asthmatic patients

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Treatment based on steroid received differently by young asthmatic patientsNew study results have suggested that some children suffering with asthma may respond differently to steroids when compared to other asthmatic children, according to a new study presented at the American Thoracic Society.

It was remarked by Gregory Sawicki, M.D. of Children’s Hospital in Boston that young children tend to demonstrate the same negative response to high doses of steroids as adult asthmatic patients.

Sawicki further said that results of this study suggest that not every child afflicted with asthma shows same response to treatment based on steroids.

Monday 16, Nov 2009

  Asthma Management in an effective manner

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Asthma Management in an effective mannerIf asthmatic people can follow the latest guidelines from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) were presented during the Annual Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) for controlling asthma, serious symptoms and disability can be avoided to a great extent.

Michael B. Foggs, M.D chief of asthma, allergy and immunology, Advocate Health Care, Chicago, remarked that asthma can be termed as a chronic ailment that can be managed so that associated symptoms can be controlled and severe attacks can be prevented.

It was remarked by Carlos Camargo, M.D., DrPH, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, that the guidelines rightly emphasize the difference between acute and chronic asthma management.


Friday 12, Jun 2009

  Inhaled Steroids offer benefits beyond the lung

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Inhaled Steroids offer benefits beyond the lungAs per a recently concluded study, older asthmatic women using inhaled steroids are less likely to die from any ailment over five years when compared to women not using any inhaled steroids.

It was reported by Dr. Carlos A. Camargo Jr., from Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and colleagues that two recent studies from Canada suggested that inhaled steroid treatment can have benefits beyond the lung.

It was remarked that the apparent non-pulmonary benefits of inhaled steroids remained strong after the involved researchers controlled for varying factors that had the abilities to possibly influence the research results.

These findings suggested that the long-term benefits of an early inhaled steroid therapy have the unique ability to go well beyond asthma management in an effective manner.

Wednesday 10, Jun 2009

  Asthma Drugs to be continued for Continued Benefit

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Asthma Drugs to be continued for Continued BenefitAs per a new study, children who were administered with steroids to treat asthma in the past have not shown those improvements after stopping the steroid treatment. The results were observed after the Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) clinical trial announced its findings on more than 1,000 children in the age group of 5-12 years.

It was found that children, who are now in their late teens, administered with steroid treatment in the past and stopped now showed no differences in asthma management when they were compared with children who received the placebo.

Robert C. Strunk, M.D., a Washington University pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and lead author of the study, remarked that it was interesting to notice that children appeared to do better with the passage of age.

Inhaled corticosteroids such as budesonide have been known to be one of the most effective forms of anti-inflammatory treatments for asthma management via improving pulmonary function.

The study suggested that if a patient is cured from asthma after using steroid treatment, he should not stop using asthma medications or think that asthma is completely cured. It was found during the study that continued benefits of steroid medications require continued usage.

Tuesday 09, Jun 2009

  Treating Asthma with Inhaled Steroids

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Treating Asthma with Inhaled SteroidsAs per a latest study, inhaled steroids have the ability to bring great improvements in the overall care and management of patients suffering from asthma. The findings of this study was revealed by Stanley Szefler, M.D., lead author on the paper and Head of Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology at National Jewish Medical and Research Center.

Szefler said that patients may respond differently when administered with inhaled steroids and other therapies may be considered if low to medium doses of inhaled steroids fail to offer clear benefits to them.

The study was conducted by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes Asthma Clinical Research Network and was able to found that low to medium dosages of inhaled steroids are generally more than enough to improve functions of the lungs in patients with persistent asthma.

It was suggested by the study that patients who have been taking high doses of inhaled steroids need to be monitored to determine whether the benefits of such high doses outweigh risks for adverse effects.

This initial study is considered to be quite important as it was able to highlight considerable variations in responses to the medications. Along with this, the study also prompted a whole new research area that has the ability to improve asthma management.