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Could Cancer Drug Gleevec Help With Severe Asthma?

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – A leukemia drug might also effectively treat severe asthma, a small-scale clinical trial suggests. Gleevec (imatinib) reduced the "twitchiness" of airways, making them less likely to reflexively constrict when exposed to an allergen or asthma trigger, said senior researcher Dr. Elliot Israel. "We showed we could decrease the amount of airway twitchiness by a third," Israel said. "That's a substantial change, and that was significant compared with the placebo group." Israel is director of the respiratory therapy department at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The drug also improved overall airway function, an effect researchers hadn't expected, Israel said. People whose severe asthma isn't controlled despite use of high-dose steroid medications are at risk of declining lung function and poor quality of life, the researchers said in background notes. But, ... Read more

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Obamacare a Win-Win for Poorer Adults: Study

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – Low-income Americans have gained access to medical care and improved their health under the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansions, a new study says. "With Congress debating major changes to the Affordable Care Act, especially for people on Medicaid and with pre-existing conditions, it's critical for policymakers to understand what's at risk. Our study shows that the ACA continues to improve medical care and health among low-income patients and those with chronic illnesses," said study author Benjamin Sommers. He's an associate professor of health policy and economics at Harvard University's School of Public Health. The researchers found that people who obtained health coverage under Medicaid or through the federal insurance marketplace had reduced out-of-pocket spending, better access to primary care and preventive services, and improved self-reported ... Read more

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Vitamin D Unlikely to Reduce Risk of Asthma, Allergies or Eczema

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – Vitamin D supplements aren't likely to reduce the risk of asthma, allergies or the skin condition eczema in children or adults, a new study finds. Previous research had suggested that low vitamin D levels were linked with these "atopic" conditions. For the new study, Canadian researchers analyzed data from more than 100,000 people to determine if this was true. The investigators found no statistically significant differences in rates of asthma, allergies or eczema between people with low or normal levels of vitamin D. The results were published online May 9 in the journal PLoS Medicine. "Our findings suggest that previous associations between low vitamin D and atopic disease could be due to spurious associations with other factors," lead study author Despoina Manousaki said in a journal news release. Manousaki is a doctoral student at Lady Davis Institute, the ... Read more

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Testosterone May Protect Men From Allergic Asthma

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – Testosterone – the male sex hormone – may be the reason why so many more women have asthma than men, new research suggests. The study found that testosterone suppresses an immune system cell involved in allergic asthma. Allergic asthma is an inflammatory condition that causes the airways to swell, making it hard to breathe. The swelling and inflammation is triggered by an allergic reaction. Before puberty, the condition is more common among boys than girls. Afterwards, however, it is twice as prevalent and more severe among women than men, the researchers explained. "There is a very interesting clinical observation that women are more affected and develop more severe asthma than men, and so we tried to understand why this was happening," said study leader Cyril Seillet, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia. The international team of ... Read more

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Take Control of Your Asthma

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 6, 2017 – Many resources can help people with asthma manage triggers and symptoms, an allergist says. "It's time to make people aware of useful tools to help control asthma," said Dr. Stephen Tilles, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). People sometimes think their asthma is under control when it really isn't, Tilles said in a college news release. The ACAAI offers the following advice: The "Rule of Twos" is a handy gauge for patients. Signs that your asthma is not under control: You have asthma symptoms or use an inhaler more than twice a week; you wake up at night with symptoms more than twice a month; or you refill your quick-relief medication more than twice a year. These are other signs: You have unusual or hard-to-diagnose symptoms; have had a life-threatening asthma attack or have been hospitalized; or have hay fever or sinus ... Read more

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Thunderstorms Can Trigger Asthma Flares, Study Finds

Posted 1 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 1, 2017 – Rain often helps people with allergies or allergic asthma by bringing pollen to the ground. But a new study says that's not necessarily the case with thunderstorms, which may actually trigger asthma outbreaks. For example, a 2016 thunderstorm asthma outbreak in Australia occurred when high grass pollen concentrations were dispersed by strong winds. This resulted in multiple deaths and a surge of people seeking medical help for breathing problems. The authors of the new study explained that rainfall and high humidity rupture pollen particles. Thunderstorm electrical activity further fragments the particles. And strong winds can spread pollen ahead of the storm. A combination of several of these factors can lead to asthma outbreaks. "Thunderstorm asthma is a very complex phenomenon and involves interactions of allergens like grass pollens, thunderstorms and ... Read more

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Summer Camp Prep for Kids With Allergies, Asthma

Posted 1 May 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 29, 2017 – Heading to summer camp for the first time is always a little unnerving. But for a child with allergies or asthma, there are special concerns. For these children, a few precautions can make summer camp a safe and fun experience, said Dr. Stephen Tilles, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "Summer camp is often a child's first big activity away from home – whether it's a day or overnight camp," Tilles said in a college news release. "And every kid should have the opportunity to spread their wings and try something new without worrying about their health," he added. Tilles offered the following tips: Talk with camp staff to find out how physically active children will be, how meals are handled, and how the camp will respond if your child has a medical emergency. Outline your expectations, such as how you want your child's ... Read more

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Many Students Reluctant to Use Asthma Inhalers at School

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – The thought of having to pull out an inhaler in the middle of school might stop some kids with asthma from breathing better, a study of British schoolchildren suggests. An online survey of almost 700 students with asthma showed that nearly 50 percent reported poor asthma control. With asthma, the lungs and airways become inflamed when exposed to triggers that can include pollen, catching a cold or having a respiratory infection. Childhood asthma can interfere with play, sports, school and sleep. Unmanaged asthma can cause dangerous asthma attacks. Inhalers that contain short- and long-acting medications can help keep those attacks from happening, the study authors noted. But the survey found that more than 42 percent of schoolchildren with a short-acting beta agonist inhaler said they didn't feel comfortable using it at school. In addition, more than 29 percent ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Asthma Doesn't Improve

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you've followed your asthma treatment plan without improvement, it's time to have a conversation with your doctor. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests asking: If you could have another illness with similar symptoms. Your doctor may perform additional tests. If there is something environmental that's triggering your symptoms, such as dust mites, animal dander, mold or exercise. If your symptoms worsen at work, what might be responsible? If you should try a different medication. Read more

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4 in 10 Americans Still Breathe Dirty Air

Posted 19 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Air quality in the United States is improving overall, but not enough for the nearly 40 percent of Americans who live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution. That's the conclusion of the American Lung Association's annual report, which shows that 125 million Americans were exposed to high levels of either ozone or particle pollution in 2013-15. This puts them at risk for premature death and other serious health threats such as lung cancer, asthma attacks, cardiovascular damage, and developmental and reproductive problems, the report said. "This year's 'State of the Air' report is a testament to the success of the Clean Air Act, which has reduced air pollution in much of the nation," Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, said in a news release from the organization. "As a result, Americans' lung health is far better ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Indoor Air Clean

Posted 15 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Indoor air may contain allergens that make you sneeze and wheeze, and your eyes turn red. The Mayo Clinic says here's what you can do to clean up the air inside your home: On days when there's a lot of pollen floating around outside, close the windows and run the air conditioning. Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter on your forced air heating and cooling systems, and change it regularly. Run a dehumidifier. Frequently vacuum your floors. Make sure the appliance uses a HEPA filter. Read more

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Mite-Proof Bedding May Help Curb Asthma Attacks: Study

Posted 10 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Children with asthma have fewer flare-ups when their beds have mite-proof covers, a new study suggests. Dust mites are one of the most common asthma triggers. The study included 284 children in England with asthma and dust mite allergy. Their mattresses and pillows were encased with mite-proof or placebo covers. They were tracked for a year. During that time, about 29 percent of the kids with mite-proof covers had a severe flare-up that led to a hospital visit, compared to about 42 percent of the other kids. Children with protective bedding also went much longer before having a flare-up that led to an emergency room visit or hospital stay for treatment with systemic corticosteroids. But they did not have a significantly lower risk of flare-ups that were treated outside the hospital with only an oral corticosteroid. The researchers said the bedcovers may not ... Read more

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Banishing Asthma-Inducing Mice Allergens on the Cheap

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – Professional pest management may not be needed to control asthma in kids with a mouse allergy, researchers say. Mice are a common cause of asthma flare-ups in low-income urban neighborhoods, according to prior research. In this new study, scientists found that teaching families how to reduce mice allergens on their own can help control children's asthma symptoms about as well as paying an outside expert to do the job. "Our findings suggest that giving families good instructions about how to reduce the mouse allergens that trigger asthma in their children may be enough to get the job done and, consequently, improve asthma symptoms," said study lead author Dr. Elizabeth Matsui. She's a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. About 7 million children in the United States have asthma – a chronic lung disease that ... Read more

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City Tax on Cars Cut Pollution, Kids' Asthma Risk

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – A tax designed to reduce mid-city traffic in Stockholm, Sweden, was tied to a reduction in asthma attacks in children, a new study suggests. "The key takeaways of this paper are that health gains can be realized through efforts to lower air pollution, and that we need to be patient in waiting for the complete picture to emerge," said study author Emilia Simeonova, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. After Stockholm introduced the "congestion tax" as an experiment in 2006 to discourage people from driving in the center of the city, traffic flow got better and air pollution levels fell by 5 to 10 percent. The tax was made into law in 2007. The tax costs drivers the U.S. equivalent of $2.60 when they drive in certain areas of the city at congested times of the workday. The tax is collected through scanners that gather license plate ... Read more

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Obesity May Raise Girls' Risk of Asthma, Allergies

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Obese girls may face a significantly higher risk for developing allergies, a new study suggests. But the researchers found the opposite was true for obese boys: They may actually face a slightly diminished risk for asthma, food allergies and eczema when compared to normal-weight boys. "We found a direct increase in the number of atopic [allergic] diseases associated with obesity in urban female children and teenagers, but not in males," said study co-author Dr. Sairaman Nagarajan. He's a resident physician in the department of pediatrics at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City. "These results were highly significant, even after adjusting for the effects of age and race," he said. Nagarajan and his colleagues were scheduled to present their findings Monday at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), in Atlanta. ... Read more

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