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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.

Monday 29, Mar 2010

  Combo inhaler effective for simplifying asthma treatment

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Combo inhaler effective for simplifying asthma treatment  A new treatment option may help people with chronic asthma to manage their condition with a single prescribed inhaler that contains two medicines, as per a review.

Lead reviewer Christopher Cates, M.D., at the Community Health Sciences of St. George’s at the University of London, said that most asthma patients default on inhaled corticosteroids as inhaled steroids do not bring immediate difference to asthma symptoms.

Carlos Camargo, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, specializes in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, remarked that this single-inhaler therapy is an interesting approach to treat chronic asthma.

Thursday 11, Mar 2010

  Inadequate asthma management among children

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Inadequate asthma management among childrenAccording to a review appearing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, inadequate asthma control is present in 26% to 45% of children despite the fact that asthma is one of the most common of all chronic diseases among children.

This review was produced as an initiative of the Canadian Thoracic Society and provided key points to distinguish between transient asthma and chronic asthma in preschoolers and how to manage both asthma forms.

The review is expected to offer invaluable insights to practitioners and relief to their young asthmatic patients.

Thursday 25, Feb 2010

  Asthma management for preschoolers

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Asthma management for preschoolersAsthma is one of most common chronic diseases and a major reason for admissions to hospitals in young children yet 26-45 percent of children face inadequate asthma control, as per a review in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

The review was produced as an initiative of the Canadian Thoracic Society and incorporated the latest scientific information obtained from randomized controlled trials since the Canadian Pediatric Asthma Consensus Guidelines were published in 2003.

It was stated by the authors that more research is required for evaluating the effectiveness of treatment options in young children.

Friday 19, Feb 2010

  High risk young asthmatics can benefit from inhaled corticosteroids

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High risk young asthmatics can benefit from inhaled corticosteroids  According to results from the Childhood Asthma Research and Education (CARE) Network supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), breathing problems in pre-school-aged children at high risk for asthma can be reduced to a considerable extent when inhaled corticosteroids are used on a daily basis.

It was also noted that corticosteroids are not effective for preventing the development of persistent asthma in these children.

The PEAK study results support extending the use of inhaled corticosteroids to pre-school children at high risk for asthma.

Wednesday 27, Jan 2010

  Asthma management simplified by combo inhaler

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Asthma management simplified by combo inhalerAccording to a recently concluded review, patients suffering from may have a new treatment option allowing them to effectively manage their condition with a single prescribed inhaler that contains two medicines.

It is important to note that asthma patients presently make use of maintenance or preventive medication on a regular basis for controlling symptoms and improving lung function.

This review appeared in an issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates research in all aspects of health care.

Carlos Camargo, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and specializing in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said that this single inhaler therapy is a new and interesting approach to chronic asthma treatment.

Friday 22, Jan 2010

  Sleep quality improves with tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery

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Sleep quality improves with tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgeryAccording to a Saint Louis University study, sleep problems of 80-90 percent children suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be effectively treated with a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery.

This study was the largest to date and focused on potential factors such as age and ethnicity, which may have an effect on OSA diagnosis and surgery impact.

Ron Mitchell, M.D., professor of pediatric otolaryngology at Saint Louis University and the study’s author, said that OSA has a significant impact on life quality of children, much like chronic asthma or rheumatoid arthritis.

It was emphasized by Dr. Mitchell that children scoring way outside normal parameters on behavioral measures were the greatest beneficiaries of the surgery.


Sunday 03, Jan 2010

  Asthma treatment methodology simplified by combination inhaler

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Asthma treatment methodology simplified by combination inhalerAccording to a new review, chronic asthma patients can have a new treatment option allowing them to manage their ailment in an effective manner with a single prescribed inhaler that contains two medicines.

In the recent past, researchers have been examining the usage of both beta2-agonist (formoterol) and a low-dose corticosteroid (budesonide) in a single inhaler and this review evaluated the new inhaler’s effectiveness.

Carlos Camargo, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, remarked that the single-inhaler therapy is a new approach to chronic asthma treatment that works but requires further study.

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.