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Tuesday 20, Jul 2010

  Identification of new treatment form for asthma

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Identification of new treatment form for asthmaA potential form of treatment has been identified by researchers as per a small study in Thorax. The treatment method is related to the use of a powerful immune system chemical for providing relief to patients afflicted with severe asthma; this chemical is present in large quantities in patients with asthma.

It is important to note that the severe form of asthma is rare and afflicts 1 in every 10 asthmatic individuals and high doses of steroids in a progressive manner are required for controlling the disease symptoms.

The chemical, Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha), was examined by the research team. TNF alpha is found in many chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and psoriasis.

Thursday 13, May 2010

  Prospective new treatment for severe asthma

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Prospective new treatment for severe asthmaA prospective new treatment approach has been uncovered by researchers to treat severe asthma by blocking a powerful immune system chemical that is present in large quantities in patients, according to a small study in Thorax.

Severe asthma though rare can be noticed in around one in every ten asthmatics and progressively higher doses of steroids are required to be administered in an attempt to control symptoms.

The research team investigated tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha) that is found in many chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and psoriasis.

Thursday 22, Apr 2010

  Senior citizens at risk for unattended asthma

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Senior citizens at risk for unattended asthmaA recent study of elderly people at John Hopkins found that many of them have either moderate or severe asthma, which has been under-diagnosed or unattended.

Karen Huss, DNSc, RN, a nurse researcher and associate professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, said asthma can result in reduced quality of life for elderly people.

The study was supported by the Fund for Geriatric Medicine and Nursing of The Johns Hopkins University and by Greer Laboratories, Inc. Other authors were P.L. Naumann, MSN; P.J. Mason, MSN; P.P. Nanda, MPH; R.W. Huss, M.D., C.M. Smith, BS; and R.G. Hamilton, PhD.

Tuesday 30, Mar 2010

  New treatment option for curing severe asthma

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New treatment option for curing severe asthmaAccording to a small study in Thorax, blocking a powerful immune system chemical that is present in large quantities in patients with the severe form of the disease can help in curing severe asthma.

It is believed that around one in ten asthmatics suffers from this severe form of asthma that usually requires progressively higher doses of steroids for controlling the disease symptoms.

The authors noted that this form of treatment can be seen as a potentially new avenue of treatment for severe asthma though further research will be required before this approach can be recommended.

Wednesday 30, Dec 2009

  New approach for treating severe asthma identified

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New approach for treating severe asthma identifiedAccording to a small study, a potential new treatment approach for treating severe asthma has been identified. This approach is aimed at blockage of a powerful immune system chemical that is present in large quantities in patients with severe form of asthma.

It is considered that one in every ten asthmatics suffers from the severe form of the disease that occasionally requires progressively higher doses of steroids in an attempt to control symptoms.

The authors caution that further research is required before this approach can be recommended at any stage but that does not mean, in any way, that this approach is not a potentially new avenue of treatment for severe asthma.

Friday 26, Jun 2009

  Severe Asthma Attacks being treated with Steroids

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Severe Asthma Attacks being treated with SteroidsAs per a recently concluded study, a combination of airway-opening drugs and inhaled inflammation-reducing steroids is better than a standalone dosage of steroids to prevent severe asthma attacks.

It was also mentioned in the study that higher dosages of steroids alone can prove to be effective just as the combination.

Muireann Ni Chroinin, M.D., of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in England, and colleagues reported that asthma patients who used long acting beta-2 agonist (LABA) drugs in combination with inhaled steroids fared better than those who did not.

The study reported that the rate of severe attacks with a combination of airway-opening drugs and inhaled inflammation-reducing steroids or higher doses of steroids alone helping in reducing the rate of severe asthma attacks by as much as 5 percent, from 27 percent to 22 percent.

Jerry Krishnan, M.D., an asthma researcher and assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, remarked that there is a tendency among the doctors to initiate the combination therapy of airway-opening drugs and inhaled inflammation-reducing steroids rather than persisting with steroids alone in the initial stages and combining it with LABA drugs at a later stage.