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Wednesday 16, Jun 2010

  Relief from summer allergens with coping strategies

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Relief from summer allergens with coping strategiesPeople suffering from allergies may have experienced respite with springtime mountain cedars and tree pollens subsiding but summer times are here and this may mean trouble again.

However, allergy suffers can avoid allergies to a significant extent by putting a limit on outdoor exposure during peak times, closing the windows, air conditioning, and mask wearing, according to Dr. David Khan, associate professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

It is worth nothing here that though heat doesn’t influence amount of pollen in the air but it does stimulate the formation of ground-level ozone, which could exacerbate symptoms of allergy.

Wednesday 26, May 2010

  Diabetic retinopathy can be slowed down by steroid injections

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Diabetic retinopathy can be slowed down by steroid injectionsPatients suffering from diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that can cause vision loss and blindness, can finally have some relief coming their way.

According to a report in the December issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, injecting triamcinolone (corticosteroid) directly into the eye can slow down the disease progression.

This finding was disclosed by Neil M. Bressler, M.D., of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and colleagues in the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network.

Saturday 22, May 2010

  Herbal creams for treating eczema may include steroids

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Herbal creams for treating eczema may include steroidsScientists from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffied, UK, have found that ‘herbal creams’ used to treat eczema may have steroids in them. It is worth noting here that patients using steroids in the long run can experience permanent damages.

The scientists called for strict regulations of herbal medicines to treat eczema after found that most of these medicines included steroids.

This finding is expected to provide invaluable insights to medical practitioners treating patients suffering from eczema.

Monday 17, May 2010

  Continuing steroid doses associated with cerebral palsy

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Continuing steroid doses associated with cerebral palsyRepeated courses of a corticosteroid called betamethasone that is used for improving the survival of unborn premature babies could possibly increase the risk of cerebral palsy in those children.

This finding was revealed as part of results from a multi-center study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by Ronald Wapner, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Columbia University Medical Center and attending obstetrician and gynecologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia.

This research was supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health and the study results were published in an issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Tuesday 11, May 2010

  Single steroid dose can do wonders for treating sore throat

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Single steroid dose can do wonders for treating sore throatA study published on bmj.com has reported that a single dose of corticosteroid drugs together with antibiotics can be used for alleviating pain and this treatment is more effective than with antibiotics alone. However, it was not indicated that this finding holds equally good for children with sore throat.

Dr Matthew Thompson at the University of Oxford and collaborators expected the premise that corticosteroids can successfully ease sore throat symptoms because of their anti-inflammatory effects.

It was acknowledged by an associated editorial that steroids can minimize pain in the first day but the editorial cautioned about lack of information on the possible harmful effects.

Saturday 01, May 2010

  Research findings presented on asthma

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Research findings presented on asthmaResearchers examining inhaled steroids and children suffering from asthma, as well as asthma and obesity have presented their findings from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Asthma Clinical Research Networks at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference in San Francisco.

Wayne Morgan, M.D., of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson, presented new data at the ATS meeting, said that asthma can be controlled but cannot be eliminated.

Two of these presentations consisted of new research findings from the Prevention of Early Asthma in Kids (PEAK) study, which is examining the effect of inhaled corticosteroid therapy on asthmatic children.

Wednesday 28, Apr 2010

  Coping strategies offered for relief from summer allergens

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Coping strategies offered for relief from summer allergens  Allergy sufferers can finally have some respite as springtime mountain cedars and tree pollens have generally subsided but summertime is here.

Dr. David Khan, associate professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, said limiting outdoor exposure during peak times, closing the windows, air conditioning, and mask wearing can help people avoid allergies to a significant extent.

Even though heat does not influence pollen amount in the air, it does stimulates the formation of ground-level ozone that can exacerbate symptoms of allergy.

Sunday 25, Apr 2010

  Steroids superior to antihistamines for treating allergies

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Steroids superior to antihistamines for treating allergiesResearchers from the University of Chicago have demonstrated that corticosteroid-based nasal sprays are superior to antihistamines when used “as needed” for treating seasonal allergies.

The finding, which was published in the November 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggests that the present guidelines and prescription patterns flavoring the usage of antihistamines as the first-line treatment to treat mild or moderate allergies need to be changed.

Robert Naclerio, M.D., chief of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Chicago and director of the study, said more people will be benefited and health costs will be reduced by changing the present guidelines to match patient practice.

Saturday 24, Apr 2010

  High doses of steroids can lead to improvement in asthmatic children

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High doses of steroids can lead to improvement in asthmatic childrenChildren who are suffering from asthma and report continued symptoms while using low-dose inhaled corticosteroids can expect benefit from increasing the doses or adding one of two asthma drugs, as per a new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and other institutions.

The study called BADGER (Best ADd-on therapy Giving Effective Responses) could allow physicians to predict which of the available options will help a patient the most.

Robert C. Strunk, M.D., and Leonard B. Bacharier, M.D., both Washington University pediatric asthma specialists at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, were coauthors on the study, published online March 2, 2010, by the New England Journal of Medicine and presented the same day at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s annual meeting in New Orleans.

Saturday 24, Apr 2010

  Risk of pneumonia can increase dramatically with inhaled corticosteroids

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Risk of pneumonia can increase dramatically with inhaled corticosteroidsA great sense of caution has been recommended by lung disease experts at John Hopkins when it comes to prescribing inhaled corticosteroid drugs to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

This caution call was made after evidence was found suggesting that a widely used anti-inflammatory medication increases the risk of pneumonia by a full third.

It was remarked by the researchers that it is not clear why the corticosteroid treatment increases the risk but it is suspected that it is because corticosteroids suppress the immune system.

Pulmonologist M. Brad Drummond, M.D., M.H.S., led the study and was supported by Eddy Fan, M.D.; other researchers involved in this study, conducted solely at Hopkins, were Elliott Dasenbrook, M.D., M.H.S.; Marshall Pitz, M.D., M.H.S., now at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada; and David Murphy, M.D.

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