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Tuesday 02, Nov 2010

  Large corticosteroid doses and asthma exacerbation

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Large corticosteroid doses and asthma exacerbationAccording to a work published in The Cochrane Library this month, there is no evidence to suggest that increasing the dose of inhaled corticosteroids at the onset of an asthma exacerbation as part of a patient-initiated action plan minimizes the need for rescue oral corticosteroids.

Lead researcher Francine Ducharme, who works at the University of Montreal, Canada remarked that keeping to a constant dose has the potential of reinforcing the effectiveness of taking daily inhaled corticosteroids, not only during exacerbations and/or encourage the search for more effective strategies.

ucharme also said that more pediatric studies are needed to guide treatment of exacerbations and the best approach would be all about preventing an exacerbation by ensuring regular use of inhaled corticosteroids.

Friday 30, Jul 2010

  COPD patients could benefit with steroids

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COPD patients could benefit with steroidsReduced mortality risk can be noticed in patients afflicted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) when they are treated with inhaled steroids.

It was remarked by Christine Macie, MD, FCCP, Cambridge Hospital, Ontario, Canada and author of the study that patients on steroids are relatively better protected than those not making use of them.

Dr. Macie also remarked that inhaled corticosteroids could be highly effective to prolong lives of patients with COPD.

Tuesday 27, Jul 2010

  Johns Hopkins experts made call for extra caution

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Johns Hopkins experts made call for extra cautionAccording to Lung disease experts at Johns Hopkins, physicians treating their patients afflicted with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) need to observe extra caution while dealing with them.

It was remarked by lead author and pulmonologist M. Brad Drummond, M.D., M.H.S. that this finding has implications and serves a reminder to COPD patients so that they could take necessary preventive steps for avoiding pneumonia, which doubles their risk of death.

As many as 11 million Americans are afflicted with COPD every year and a big majority of this population belongs to the category of past or present-day smokers.

Sunday 18, Jul 2010

  Inhaled steroids effective for treating COPD

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COPD treatment is facilitated with inhaled steroidsPatients afflicted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD can be effectively treated and experienced reduced mortality risk when treated with inhaled corticosteroids, as per a study appearing in the CHEST, which is a peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).

COPD patients who make use of inhaled corticosteroids benefit from improved survival rates as per Christine Macie, MD, FCCP, Cambridge Hospital, Ontario, Canada and author of this study.

COPD patients administered with inhaled steroids are relatively in a better position than those not using it, as per Dr. Macie. It was also revealed in the study that cardiovascular related deaths were reduced by as much as 38% and a 25% reduced all-cause mortality rate was noticed among patients administered with inhaled corticosteroids within thirty days of discharge from the hospital.

Friday 25, Jun 2010

  Inhaled corticosteroids helpful for COPD patients

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Inhaled corticosteroids helpful for COPD patientsReduced mortality risk is experienced in patients with COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) who are administered with inhaled corticosteroids. This finding was disclosed in a study published in the CHEST, peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).

It was said by Christine Macie, MD, FCCP, Cambridge Hospital, Ontario, Canada and author of the study that inhaled corticosteroids are effective in prolonging lives of patients with COPD.

COPD patients who are using inhaled corticosteroids are relatively better protected than those not making use of them, as per Dr. Macie.

Monday 21, Jun 2010

  Inhaled corticosteroids superior to Sodium Cromoglycate

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Inhaled corticosteroids superior to Sodium CromoglycateAsthma management is easy and effective with inhaled corticosteroids when compared with sodium cromoglycate besides helping in normal functioning of the lungs, as per a study.

The dominance of inhaled corticosteroids increase with moderate low doses when compared to low doses, according to Dr James Guevara, Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine in Philadelphia and lead review author of this study.

It was concluded by Dr Guevara that inhaled corticosteroids are a better option for asthmatic patients than sodium cromoglycate when it comes managing the disease.

Monday 21, Jun 2010

  Asthma patients get extended relief with inhaled steroids

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Asthma patients get extended relief with inhaled steroidsAdults and children afflicted with asthma can exercise better control over the disease with inhaled corticosteroids than with cromolyn, according to a study conducted by James Guevara, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and colleagues.

The researchers made comparisons between inhaled corticosteroids and cromolyn to find the better between the two for providing relief to patients with asthma.

It was revealed by the study that adults and children with asthma and treated with inhaled steroids experienced three fewer severe asthma flare-ups each year on an average and made less use of asthma inhalers when compared to asthma patients treated with cromolyn.

Tuesday 08, Jun 2010

  Some children may not respond as others when treated with asthma medications

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Some children may not respond as others when treated with asthma medicationsSome children with asthma may not be able to derive the same benefits with inhaled corticosteroids as other asthmatic children, as per a new study presented at the American Thoracic Society.

It was found in a study of 914 children with mild to severe asthma that children reporting consistent use of inhaled steroids were 20 percent less likely to report having well-managed asthma than those not using any kind of inhaled steroids, over a period of one year.

The data comes from the Child Asthma Management Program Continuation Study (CAMPCS), one of the largest groups of children with mild to moderate asthma in the nation who were followed for a period of over ten years.

Friday 07, May 2010

  Inhaled steroids for asthma may provide little benefit for some children

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Inhaled steroids for asthma may provide little benefit for some childrenAccording to a new study presented at the American Thoracic Society, some children suffering from asthma may find it difficult to keep their asthma under control with inhaled corticosteroids.

In a study of 914 children with mild to severe asthma, it was found that children who reported consistent use of inhaled steroids were 20 percent less likely to report having well-controlled asthma compared with those not using any inhaled steroids, over a period of one year.

The data comes from the Child Asthma Management Program Continuation Study (CAMPCS), one of the largest groups of children with mild to moderate asthma in the nation who have been followed over a period of 10 years.

Monday 05, Apr 2010

  Corticosteroids useful for offering benefits to COPD patients

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Corticosteroids useful for offering benefits to COPD patientsPatients with COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and being administered with inhaled corticosteroids experienced lower mortality risk than their counterparts not on steroids, as per a new study published in the CHEST, peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).

It was remarked by Christine Macie, MD, FCCP, Cambridge Hospital, Ontario, Canada and author of this study that COPD patients on corticosteroids benefit from longer survival durations.

Dr. Macie also said that patients on inhaled corticosteroids are relatively better positioned to stay protected than those not using them.

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