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Sunday 13, Jun 2010

  Asthma medications may provide more benefit to some children than others

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Asthma medications may provide more benefit to some children than othersMontelukast, one of the most widely prescribed medications for asthma and allergies may provide more benefit to girls and children exposed to tobacco smoke.

This finding was disclosed by researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center in a study that was published online and appeared in an issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics Nathan Rabinovitch, MD, and his colleagues identified two biomarkers that could help physicians in making precise predictions about which all of their asthmatic patients can benefit from montelukast.

Wednesday 28, Apr 2010

  Some kids benefit more than others from asthma medication

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some-kids-benefit-more-than-others-from-asthma-medicationGirls and children who are exposed to smoke of tobacco respond specifically well to montelukast (Singulair), as per researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center.

Two biomarkers that can help physicians in predicting even more precisely which patients would benefit from montelukast were also identified by Associate Professor of Pediatrics Nathan Rabinovitch, MD, and his colleagues.

The study was recently published online and appeared in an issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Thursday 08, Apr 2010

  Hay fever patients can expect relief with steroid nasal sprays

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Hay fever patients can expect relief with steroid nasal spraysFluticasone propionate (Flonase), the corticosteroid nasal spray, is effective in controlling seasonal allergies than a combination of two popular anti-allergy drugs: loratidine (Claritin) and montelukast (Singulair). This finding was disclosed by researchers from the University of Chicago.

This study was presented on March 4 at the 58th annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Robert Naclerio, M.D., professor of surgery at the University of Chicago and director of the study, said that symptom scores for patients on fluticasone were better than those on a combination of two popular anti-allergy drugs.

Tuesday 23, Jun 2009

  Steroid Nasal Spray Effective against Hay Fever

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Steroid Nasal Spray Effective against Hay FeverResearchers from the University of Chicago have found that fluticasone propionate (Flonase), a corticosteroid nasal spray, is more effective than a combination of popular anti-allergy drugs loratidine (Claritin) and montelukast (Singulair) when it comes to controlling seasonal allergies.

The findings of this study were presented at the 58th annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Robert Naclerio, M.D., professor of surgery at the University of Chicago and director of the study, remarked that the measures of inflammation were considerably better for Hay fever patients who were taking fluticasone propionate.

During the study, it was found that the use of nasal spray results in fewer eosinophils in patients’ nasal passages and patients using steroid nasal sprays displayed minimal side-effects and had lower levels of eosinophil cationic protein, an inflammation sign.

Naclerio remarked that fluticasone may be a better first choice for the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis because of its benefits and low cost.