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Monday 26, Jul 2010

  Treatment involving inhaled steroids useful for COPD management

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Treatment involving inhaled steroids useful for COPD managementChronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is one of the five leading causes of death worldwide, is characterized by an inflammatory response to inhaled fumes such as tobacco smoke that results in breath shortness, limited airflow, and loss of lung function.

Fluticasone propionate, which is an inhaled steroid, could minimize the ability of major pathogens for invading the respiratory epithelium, as per a study by Sebastian Albertí (Institut Universitari d’Investigacions en Ciències de la Salut, IUNICS, Palma de Mallorca, Spain) and colleagues.

Findings of the study are expected to provide implications to physicians all over the world when it comes to treating COPD patients.

Monday 10, May 2010

  Asthmatic children do not get benefited with Nitric Oxide

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Asthmatic children do not get benefited with Nitric OxideThe level of nitric oxide (NO) in the exhaled breath of an asthmatic individual may portend worsening of asthma symptoms besides signifying an imminent attack linked to underlying airway inflammation.

The results were reported in the second issue for January of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, a publication of the American Thoracic Society.

Johan C. de Jongste, M.D., Ph.D., at the Erasmus University Medical Center-Sophia Children’s Hospital in the Netherlands, and colleagues randomized 151 children from 15 academic centers and hospitals with mild to moderate asthma during a 30-week monitoring course.