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Sunday 24, Jan 2010

  Severity of asthma attacks minimized by inhaled corticosteroids

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Severity of asthma attacks minimized by inhaled corticosteroidsIn the largest study of its kind on preschoolers, it was noted that high doses of inhaled corticosteroids are effective for minimizing the severity and duration of asthma attacks triggered by colds

The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and led by Dr. Francine Ducharme, assistant director of clinical research at the Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center and a pediatrics professor at the Université de Montréal.

The involved researchers still need to confirm if children can make up for slight growth retardation as the average growth rate of the untreated children was about 6.5 cm as opposed to 6.0 cm in the children treated with fluticasone, the corticosteroid.

Thursday 31, Dec 2009

  People with mild, persistent asthma now can expect great relief

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People with mild, persistent asthma now can expect great reliefAccording to a new research, asthmatics with mild asthma can effectively manage their ailment with a twice-daily use of inhaled steroids or switching to a daily pill.

Stephen P. Peters, M.D., Ph.D., lead author and a professor of pediatrics, internal medicine-pulmonary and associate director of the Center for Human Genomics, remarked that this is good news for asthma patients with a mild and persistent form of the disease as it offers them more choices when it comes to disease management.

The results were reported in the May 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Peters said that the study suggests that patients administered with twice-daily fluticasone and managing their ailment effectively may be switched to once-daily flucitasone/salmeterol without increased rates of treatment failure. He also said that montelukast, which fairs poorly when compared to inhaled medications, may still be considered as an option as a majority of patients also did well on this treatment.

Monday 29, Jun 2009

  Nasal Spray more effective than Antihistamine

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Nasal Spray more effective than AntihistamineA steroid nasal spray is far effective than antihistamine pills when it comes to quashing symptoms of allergy as per a recent study.

During the study, it was revealed that Flonase, nasal spray fluticasone, helps in relieving allergy symptoms far better than Claritin, antihistamine loratadine. Fluticasone is a corticosteroid preparation that fights against symptoms of allergy by minimizing the level of inflammation that happens in the nose when an individual is exposed against allergy triggers such as dust mites.

Dr. Robert M. Naclerio and his colleagues at the University of Chicago in Illinois remarked that patients with seasonal allergies are always advised to take steroid nasal sprays or antihistamines on a daily basis but they tend to overrule the advice.

Saturday 23, May 2009

  Inhaled corticosteroids minimizes severity of asthma attacks

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Inhaled corticosteroids minimizes severity of asthma attacksAs per the largest study of its kind on preschoolers, it was found that preventive treatment with high doses of inhaled corticosteroids is effective in minimizing the time duration & severity of asthma attacks that are triggered by cold.

The research, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, revealed that high doses of corticosteroids (fluticasone) inhaled at the onset of a cold and consumed for a minimum of ten days, significantly minimizes the number of moderate as well as severe attacks of asthma requiring emergency oral steroids.

This study was led by Dr. Francine Ducharme, Assistant Director of Clinical Research at the Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center and a Pediatrics Professor at the Université de Montréal.

It was revealed in the study that the average growth rate of untreated preschoolers was approximately 6.5 cm as opposed to approximately 6.0 cm in the children treated with corticosteroids (fluticasone). The scientists seem to be interested in ascertaining both the treatment efficacy and side-effects for this study before confirming whether the preschoolers will be able to make up for the slight growth retardation.