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Sunday 26, Sep 2010

  Inhaler type used in treatment of asthma termed crucial

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Inhaler type used in treatment of asthma termed crucialAsthma is one of the most prevalent diseases in today’s times with more than 5 million people being affected with the disease in the United Kingdom alone.

According to a major study in the UK that was highlighted by the researchers examining the medical records of 900,000 asthma patients across the UK, non-prescription of the most suitable inhalers is the biggest reason why asthma sufferers are dying needlessly.

The study compared asthma control levels and the need and quantity of doctor appointments for patients making use of different devices and it was disclosed that asthma patients had far better control over their disease by making use of inhalers they would activate by breathing in, when compared with the traditional devices commonly recommended by medical practitioners.

Tuesday 06, Apr 2010

  Inhaled steroids superior to cromolyn for treating asthma

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Inhaled steroids superior to cromolyn for treating asthmaAdults and children suffering from asthma can exercise a better control over the complication when inhaled steroids are administered compared to cromolyn administration.

This finding was disclosed by a recent study conducted by James Guevara, M.D., of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine and colleagues that made comparisons between inhaled corticosteroids and cromolyn to find better of the two.

It was suggested by the study that asthmatic patients administered with steroids perform better on lung function tests besides making lesser use of inhalers than those on cromolyn.

Tuesday 16, Feb 2010

  Inhaled corticosteroids provide more benefits than cromolyn for asthma patients

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Inhaled corticosteroids provide more benefits than cromolyn for asthma patientsA review of studies that were aimed at making comparisons between two asthma treatment options: inhaled corticosteroids and cromolyn has found that asthmatic patients, both adults and children, can exercise a better control and breathe deeper while being on corticosteroids.

James Guevara, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and colleagues found out that patients administered with corticosteroids make lesser use of life-saving “inhalers” than their counterparts on cromolyn and even scored better on lung function tests.

Guevara and colleagues noted that the benefits and superiority of inhaled corticosteroids are more than that of cromolyn, irrespective of the severity level of asthma. It was also noted that the results were so decisive that there is absolutely no further need to warrant any more studies to make similar comparisons.

Saturday 28, Nov 2009

  Inhaled corticosteroids can treat symptoms of asthma

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Inhaled corticosteroids can treat symptoms of asthmaAsthmatic children and adults can exercise a better control over asthma and breathe deeper, as per a new review of recently concluded studies comparing inhaled corticosteroids and the medicine cromolyn.

James Guevara, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and colleagues were of the view that patients suffering from asthma and treated with steroids enjoy an advantage of scoring higher in lung function tests. It was remarked that the use of inhaled corticosteroids help asthmatic patients to make lesser use of inhalers than patients who makes use of cromolyn.

Guevara and colleagues further remarked that inhaled corticosteroids are any day better than cromolyn irrespective of the severity level of asthma and said that the obtained results are so decisive that there is need to warrant any further studies on this matter.

 


Tuesday 26, May 2009

  Steroids helpful in minimizing chances of asthma attack relapse

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Steroids helpful in minimizing chances of asthma attack relapseResearchers have found that a short course of corticosteroids to asthma patients after discharge from hospital can minimize the chances of a relapse. It was also found that administering steroids to them also minimized the usage of inhalers; the associated benefits tend to last for approximately a period of three weeks.

The study, which was undertaken by a team of researchers including Professor Brian Rowe and Carol Spooner, was a part of the Cochrane Systematic Review.

Spooner remarked that this review strongly supports the usage of systemic corticosteroids in the treatment of outpatients who were discharged from hospital after an asthma attack. The application of corticosteroid therapy was found to be an effective form of treatment for patients with acute asthma. The findings of this review are expected to offer relief to patients suffering from acute asthma and are seen as positive findings by the medical fraternity.