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Friday 01, Jan 2010

  Inhaled corticosteroids minimize asthma attacks’ severity in preschoolers

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Inhaled corticosteroids minimize asthma attacks' severity in preschoolersThe largest study of its kind on preschoolers has suggested that high doses of inhaled corticosteroids as preventive treatment is very much effective for minimizing the severity and time duration of asthma attacks, which are triggered by colds.

This 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 research team was able to find that high doses of corticosteroids (fluticasone), when administered in an inhaled form up to ten days at the onset of a cold can minimize the count of moderate or severe asthma attacks that require emergency oral steroids.

Friday 01, Jan 2010

  COPD mortality risk minimized by inhaled corticosteroids

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COPD mortality risk minimized by inhaled corticosteroidsAccording to a study, a significantly reduced mortality risk may be seen in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and using inhaled corticosteroids.

It was shown by the research that patients receiving inhaled corticosteroids within 30 days of hospital discharge had a twenty-five percent minimized all-cause mortality rate while numbers of cardiovascular-pertaining death alone in patients using steroids paired with beta-agonist were reduced by thirty-eight percent.

Author Christine Macie, MD, FCCP, Cambridge Hospital, Ontario, Canada, remarked that this study analyzed the effect of inhaled corticosteroids on survival and the study results suggest that survival is longer in patients using inhaled corticosteroids.

Sunday 06, Dec 2009

  Experts recommend call for greater caution while prescribing inhaled corticosteroids

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Experts recommend call for greater caution while prescribing inhaled corticosteroids  Lung disease experts at Johns Hopkins have recommended a call for following greater caution while prescribing inhaled corticosteroids to people suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

The call was made immediately after it was found that some of the most commonly used anti-inflammatory medications used to treat COPD can increase the risk of pneumonia by a full third.

Pulmonologist M. Brad Drummond, M.D., M.H.S., who led the study, remarked that the findings of this study are believed to serve as an urgent reminder to all those patients with severe lung disease to take necessary steps for reducing the risk of catching pneumonia, which can double their risk of dying.

 



Monday 30, Nov 2009

  Not all asthmatic children respond to steroid treatment

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Not all asthmatic children respond to steroid treatmentSome children may face problems while responding to steroid treatment for reducing the occurrence and severity of asthma attacks, as per a new study presented at the American Thoracic Society.

It was remarked by researcher Gregory Sawicki, M.D. of Children’s Hospital in Boston that this study highlighted the fact that not all children react to inhaled corticosteroids in the same manner.

It is considered that results of this study would prove beneficial in developing and implementing an improved asthma treatment option, especially in cases without any positive results in the past.

 

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.

 


Wednesday 25, Nov 2009

  Inhaled steroids may not do the trick for every child with asthma

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Inhaled steroids may not do the trick for every child with asthmaAccording to a study that was presented at the American Thoracic Society, there may be times when inhaled steroids recommended for an asthmatic child may not be as effective as thought.

It was also revealed by this study that this treatment result may be due to the fact that some children are less responsive to steroid treatment than others, a fact that was brought into notice by Gregory Sawicki, M.D. of Children’s Hospital in Boston.

It is believed that findings of this study will prove to be beneficial for members of the medical fraternity while prescribing inhaled steroids to young asthmatic patients and controlling asthma in their patients with little or no success.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday 18, Nov 2009

  John Hopkins experts advise greater caution for COPD sufferers

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John Hopkins experts advise greater caution for COPD sufferersLung disease experts at Johns Hopkins have advocated for greater caution in prescribing inhaled corticosteroids for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) sufferers.

This call for caution came after evidence suggested that inhaled corticosteroids, one of the most widely used anti-inflammatory medications, increase the risk of pneumonia by a full third.

This study is expected to provide a great relief to existing 120,000 Americans suffering from COPD, which is expected to become the nation’s third leading cause of death in the United States by the year 2020.

 


Friday 06, Nov 2009

  Inhaled Corticosteroids effective than Sodium Cromoglycate for asthma treatment

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Inhaled Corticosteroids effective than Sodium Cromoglycate for asthma treatmentInhaled corticosteroids are far better than sodium cromoglycate for controlling asthma besides enhancing quality of lung function to a considerable extent, as per a recent study.

It was remarked by Dr James Guevara, Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine in Philadelphia and lead review author of this study that the untamed superiority of inhaled corticosteroids appears to improve with moderately low doses, as compared to low doses.

It was concluded by Dr Guevara that asthma can be effectively controlled by corticosteroids as compared to sodium cromoglycate and can be prescribed by medical practitioners to their patients fighting with asthma.

It is believed that the finding of this study would prove beneficial to approximately one million asthma patients in the United States alone.

 

 

 

Wednesday 07, Oct 2009

  LABA medications, inhaled steroids, and asthma

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LABA medications, inhaled steroids, and asthmaAccording to a new review of recent studies, a combination of airway-opening drugs and inhaled steroids with inflammation-reducing properties works better when it comes to the prevention of severe asthma attacks than a normal dose of steroids alone.

It was proved, however, that higher doses of steroids prove to be as effective as the combination therapy for preventing asthma attacks as per a second review.

Jerry Krishnan, M.D., an asthma researcher and assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said that he believes that there is a tendency for the initiation of combination therapy with LABAs (long acting beta-2 agonists) and inhaled corticosteroids.

Thursday 24, Sep 2009

  Call for greater caution for prescribing inhaled corticosteroids

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Call for greater caution for prescribing inhaled corticosteroidsLung disease experts at Johns Hopkins have made a call for greater caution for prescribing inhaled corticosteroids to people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). This call was made after evidence was found that the widely used anti-inflammatory medications tend to raise the risk of pneumonia by a full third.

It is believed that more than 11 million Americans are living with COPD and a vast majority of this population belongs to the former or current smokers’ category.

According to pulmonologist M. Brad Drummond, M.D., M.H.S., who led the study, these new findings are expected to serve as a reminder to all those people with severe lung disease to plan and take steps that can minimize the chances of getting pneumonia, which doubles their risk of dying.

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