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Fireworks Can Spark Bump in Air Pollution, Study Finds

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – Most Americans know that fireworks can injure the eyes and hands, but these Fourth of July favorites can also take a toll on the lungs, a new study finds. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found fireworks produce air pollutants, including tiny particles found in the air known as particulate matter. These microscopic particles of dust, dirt, soot, smoke and liquids can get inside the lungs and cause coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. They can also lead to long-term health issues, such as asthma attacks, heart attack, stroke and even death in those with heart or lung disease. Using observations from 315 U.S. air quality-monitoring sites recorded from 1999 to 2013, the NOAA researchers quantified the surge in particulate matter that occurred on the nation's birthday. Specifically, they looked for particles that ... Read more

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Losing Weight May Ease Asthma in Obese People

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Losing weight may help reduce asthma severity in obese adults, a new Canadian study finds. "We were pleased to see significant improvement in asthma symptoms, as well as quality of life for these individuals. This study further supports the need to manage [chronic disorders] to improve patient lives," said study author Dr. Smita Pakhale, from The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa. People who are obese are about 1.5 times more likely to have asthma than those who aren't obese. A 3-unit increase in body mass index – BMI, an estimate of body fat based on weight and height – is associated with a 35 percent increase in the risk of asthma, the researchers said in a news release from the American College of Chest Physicians. A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal weight. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is overweight, while 30 and over is considered obese. The ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Air Is Unhealthy

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Poor outdoor air quality may spur breathing problems among people with asthma or other respiratory issues. The American Lung Association advises: Be aware of the air quality and pollution levels each day in your area. Exercise indoors when air quality is poor, and restrict outdoor playtime for children. Cut down on driving by carpooling, biking or walking to work. Avoid burning wood or trash, and use battery-powered or electric lawn machinery instead of gas-powered devices. Keep indoor air quality healthier by prohibiting smoking at home. Read more

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Asthma Treatments Fail Older Patients More Often: Study

Posted 12 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 – Asthma treatments, especially inhaled corticosteroids, are less likely to work for older patients, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 1,200 patients with mild-to-moderate asthma, and found that treatment failure occurred in about 17 percent of those aged 30 and older, compared with about 10 percent of those younger than 30. Lower lung function and having asthma for a longer time were associated with a higher risk of treatment failure. When the researchers focused on specific therapies, they found that treatment failure increased consistently for every year above age 30 among patients who used inhaled corticosteroids. Patients aged 30 and older who used inhaled corticosteroids, either alone or in combination with other therapies, were more than twice as likely to have treatment failure than those younger than 30, the investigators found. Men and women ... Read more

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Aerobic Exercise Can Help Curb Asthma, Study Shows

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Workouts that really get the heart pumping may help ease asthma in people with the respiratory condition, a new Brazilian study finds. Researchers led by Celso Carvalho of the University of Sao Paolo School of Medicine looked at outcomes for 43 people, aged 20 to 59, with moderate to severe asthma. They were randomly selected to do 30-minute yoga breathing exercises twice a week, or the breathing exercises plus a 35-minute indoor treadmill session twice a week. After three months, those in the treadmill group showed greater reductions in asthma severity and more improvement in their quality of life, according to the study published June 10 in the journal Thorax. For example, Carvalho tested the participants' "bronchial hyperresponsiveness" – the speed at which the airway constricts in asthmatics – and found improvements in people who engaged in aerobic ... Read more

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Soy Supplements Won't Ease Asthma, Study Finds

Posted 26 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – Despite hints from prior research that soy supplements might help asthma patients breathe easier, a major new study finds the nutrient has no beneficial effect on lung function. "This study highlights why it is so important to perform well-designed, placebo-controlled studies when associations are reported between specific nutrients and disease outcomes," study lead author Dr. Lewis Smith, professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said in a university news release. The study, published in the May 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, also highlights the need to focus on overall health – including diet and lifestyle – to manage asthma, rather than on specific approaches such as consuming more soy, he said. "You are what you eat, but that's a whole constellation of foods, not just a single food or a ... Read more

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Can Asthma Protect Men From Prostate Cancer?

Posted 22 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – A new study suggests, but does not prove, that men with asthma may be less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer or to die from the disease. Researchers found that men with asthma were 29 percent less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer. And they were 36 percent less likely to die from the disease, according to the study. However, the findings do not show that asthma protects men from prostate cancer, according to Elizabeth Platz, professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore. "We don't know yet whether the association we see in this observational study is a case of cause and effect," Platz said in a Hopkins news release. The researchers analyzed data from nearly 48,000 American men between the ages of 40 ... Read more

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Environmental Concerns Led to Jump in Cost of Asthma Inhalers: Study

Posted 11 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – Federal action to protect the ozone layer has resulted in a dramatic increase in the cost of asthma inhalers in recent years, according to a new study. In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned asthma inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), substances that contribute to the depletion of ozone in the upper atmosphere. Immediately following the ban, the mean cost of asthma inhalers rose from $13.60 per prescription in 2004 to $25 in 2009, said lead study author Dr. Anupam Jena, an assistant professor of health care policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "We're talking about – at its peak – a 100 percent increase, a doubling of out-of-pocket costs," Jena said. The cost of asthma inhalers decreased slightly in the following months, dropping to an average $21 by the end of 2010, Jena said. Their price has hovered around that ... Read more

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Women Hospitalized for Asthma More Often Than Men

Posted 5 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 – After seeking medical treatment in the emergency room for an asthma attack, women are much more likely than men to need hospitalization, researchers report. Scientists analyzed the likelihood that 2,000 patients treated in the ER for asthma would need to be admitted to the hospital. Although the men and women had similar risk factors for a flare-up of their condition, women were still 60 percent more likely to be hospitalized, according to the study, published May 5 in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "It's long been known that after puberty, asthma is more common in women than men," Dr. James Sublett, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said in a journal news release. "Only 10 percent of the women in this study had been seen by an allergist in the last year," Sublett added. "Those who see an allergist and use ... Read more

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Gene May Play Part in How Kids Respond to Asthma Meds: Study

Posted 22 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 – Researchers say they've identified a gene that affects whether children with asthma respond to corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are the most effective treatment for chronic asthma and acute asthma attacks, but some children don't respond well to the drugs. Researchers analyzed the genomes of 57 children with asthma, and found that the activity of a gene called VNN-1 affected whether they were good or poor responders to corticosteroid treatment. The study was published April 21 in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The gene "may serve as a clinically useful biomarker to identify a subset of difficult-to-treat asthmatic children, and targeting the VNN-1 pathway may be useful as a therapeutic strategy," senior study author Dr. Gurjit Khurana Hershey, director of the Asthma Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a ... Read more

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FDA Approves Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone furoate) for the Treatment of Asthma

Posted 24 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

20 August 2014 – GlaxoSmithKline plc today announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone furoate inhalation powder), a once-daily inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) medicine for maintenance treatment of asthma as prophylactic therapy in patients aged 12 years and older. Arnuity is not indicated for relief of acute bronchospasm. The approved doses are Arnuity Ellipta 100mcg and 200mcg. Arnuity Ellipta is administered once daily via the dry powder inhaler called Ellipta, which is also used across a range of other approved respiratory medicines in the GSK portfolio. Darrell Baker, Senior Vice President & Head, GSK Global Respiratory Franchise, said, “The approval of Arnuity Ellipta is an important development for GSK and our expanding respiratory portfolio. It is the first asthma treatment from our new portfolio to have gained approval in the US a ... Read more

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For Mild Asthma, Daily Steroids May Not Be Needed, Study Says

Posted 11 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 11 – Millions of people with mild to moderate asthma are routinely prescribed daily inhaled steroid medications to control the disease, but a new study suggests that may not be necessary. The study, published Sept. 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found no difference in patient outcomes whether patients took the powerful drugs each day or only when symptoms appeared. "The discovery that these two courses of treatment do not differ significantly could eventually change the way doctors and patients manage asthma, providing an option that is easier to follow and possibly less expensive," lead author Dr. William Calhoun, professor and vice chair for research in internal medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, said in a university news release. "Our findings build on a considerable foundation of research in the field and come at ... Read more

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Inhaled Steroids Lead to Big Drop in Asthma Deaths at Texas Hospital: Study

Posted 15 May 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 15 – Patient education and medication compliance contributed to a 74 percent drop in the number of patients with life-threatening asthma admitted to the intensive care unit at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, researchers report. Their review of 30 years of hospital data focused on patients with severe asthma who didn't respond to standard inhalers. They found that there were 227 patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with 280 episodes of life-threatening asthma between 1980 and 2010. One patient died, but the death was from a different cause after the patient's asthma improved, according to the team at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. "The main reason for the decline in cases is that more of our patients are taking their controller medications, such as inhaled corticosteroids, which reduce the amount of inflammation in the ... Read more

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Seniors Undertreated for Asthma, and Many Skip Inhalers: Study

Posted 1 May 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 1 – Asthma often is misdiagnosed and undertreated in older people, with only 53 percent of those with asthma using prescribed inhalers, a small new study suggests. The study included 77 people, including people both with and without asthma, who were over age 60. Of those with asthma, 89 percent also had allergies to mold, animals or dust mites. The asthma patients were more likely than those without asthma to have hay fever, arthritis, diabetes, higher levels of pain and poor general health than those without asthma. The study appears in the May issue of the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. "Those with asthma reported more infections, physician visits and impact on health, yet only half are regularly treating the disease," lead author and allergist Dr. Andrew Smith said in a journal news release. "Patients should regularly carry and take prescribed asthma ... Read more

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Alternative Therapies Aren't Used as Substitutes for Asthma Meds: Study

Posted 13 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 13 – Almost one in five parents has turned to an alternative or complementary medicine or treatment for their child's asthma, but new research has found that parents are not abandoning traditional treatments in the process. "We found that there were really no differences between the groups that used complementary and alternative medicine and those that didn't [in terms of adherence]. It seems that parents are using these therapies as complementary medicine alongside prescribed asthma treatments," said study author Dr. Julie Philp, a pediatrician and a dermatology resident at the University of California, San Francisco. Results of the study were released online and published in the May issue of Pediatrics. Complementary and alternative medicine includes health care practices that aren't usually included in more conventional medicine. Such treatment may include herbal ... Read more

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