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FDA Medwatch Alert: Long-Acting Beta agonists (LABAs) and Inhaled Corticosteroids (ICS): Drug Safety Communication - Boxed Warning About Asthma-Related Death Removed

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by

ISSUE: FDA's most prominent warning, the Boxed Warning, about asthma-related death has been removed from the drug labels of medicines that contain both an ICS and LABA. A FDA review of four large clinical safety trials shows that treating asthma with long-acting beta agonists (LABAs) in combination with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) does not result in significantly more serious asthma-related ...

Sniffing Out the Best Allergy Treatment

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – Seasonal allergies make life miserable for millions of Americans. So, in a bid to ease some of that discomfort, experts from two leading groups of allergists created a task force that has just issued new practice guidelines on the best ways to quell those bothersome symptoms. The consensus? For most people, nasal steroid sprays are the way to go, according to the ...

Childhood Asthma May Encourage Obesity, Study Suggests

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 – A young child with asthma has a greater risk of obesity than one without the chronic respiratory condition, a new study suggests. Among nearly 2,200 elementary school students in California, researchers found that childhood asthma was linked to a 51 percent increased risk of obesity over the next 10 years. "I was surprised it was that substantial," said study senior ...

Mice May Be Key to Kids' Asthma Attacks at School

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Research investigating schoolchildren's asthma attacks has pointed to a tiny foe: mice. Allergens from the rodents can infiltrate the air, the study found, and may be a major cause of asthma attacks in the school environment. It's known that many different allergy triggers – from dust mites to mold to pet dander – can fuel children's asthma symptoms. But most research ...

Fewer Inhaled Steroids May Be OK for Asthmatic Children

Posted 27 May 2016 by

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 – Inhaled steroid therapy is commonly used to treat asthmatic children with persistent, daily wheezing episodes. However, a new study suggests that the powerful medicines may not be needed on a daily basis for kids whose wheezing occurs sporadically, such as when they catch a cold. "It makes sense that these children with frequent symptoms require daily treatment, whereas ...

Asthma Linked to Chronic Migraines in Some People

Posted 11 Dec 2015 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 – People with asthma may be more than twice as likely to develop chronic migraines as those without breathing troubles, a new study suggests. The research included about 4,500 Americans. At the start of the study in 2008, the study volunteers had fewer than 15 migraines a month. One year later, the researchers looked to see how many had chronic migraine – 15 or more ...

Health Tip: Live Better With Asthma

Posted 5 Oct 2015 by

-- By keeping your asthma under control and creating a plan for when attacks strike, asthma doesn't have to ruin your health. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggests: With help from your doctor, create an asthma action plan. It should include steps for taking medication, and what to do if symptoms worsen. Learn about, and avoid, asthma triggers. Get regular medical checkups. ...

Gut Bacteria Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – The presence of four types of gut bacteria in infancy may reduce a child's risk for asthma, Canadian researchers report. Most infants get these bacteria naturally from the environment. But some babies are given antibiotics that kill these bacteria, and some are not exposed to them for various reasons, the researchers said. "We now have particular markers that seem to ...

Secondhand Smoke May Double Risk of Hospitalization for Kids With Asthma

Posted 24 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 – Exposure to secondhand smoke puts children with asthma at nearly double the risk of winding up in the hospital, a new analysis reveals. For these kids, secondhand smoke can worsen symptoms and make their condition more difficult to control. So parents need to be aware of these additional risks, the researchers warned. "Previous studies have linked secondhand smoke ...

Asthma Treatments Fail Older Patients More Often: Study

Posted 12 Jun 2015 by

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 ...

Combo Therapy Best for COPD: Study

Posted 16 Sep 2014 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 – A combination drug therapy aimed at opening the airways and reducing inflammation appears to be the best treatment for older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), especially those with asthma, a new study finds. COPD patients who received a combination of long-acting beta agonists and inhaled corticosteroids were less likely to die or require ...

Few Parents Use Kids' Asthma Meds Correctly: Study

Posted 1 Nov 2013 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 1 – Most adults who help children take inhaled asthma medications don't know all of the steps involved for their proper use, new research finds. Using inhalers improperly often means a child receives too little medication, which can lead to continuing symptoms or worsening asthma, the study authors noted. "Of the 10 steps for accurate technique, we were surprised to learn that only ...

Stopping Controversial Asthma Drugs Could Have Downside: Study

Posted 27 Aug 2012 by

MONDAY, Aug. 27 – It's okay for some patients with asthma to stick with a combination of medications instead of abandoning one because of concerns about complications, a new analysis of existing research suggests. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned that asthma patients who take both long-acting beta-agonist and inhaled corticosteroid medications should be cautious about using them ...

Seniors Undertreated for Asthma, and Many Skip Inhalers: Study

Posted 1 May 2012 by

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 ...

Rapid Asthma Treatment in ER May Prevent Admission

Posted 6 Apr 2012 by

FRIDAY, April 6 – Rapid treatment with asthma medications seems to help reduce hospitalizations among children with asthma, a new study finds. Canadian researchers analyzed data from 406 children and found that those with moderate or severe asthma attacks who received systemic corticosteroids within 75 minutes of arriving at a hospital emergency department were 16 percent less likely to be ...

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