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COPD Deaths Down for Most Americans: CDC

Posted 8 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 – Fewer Americans are dying from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but not black women and the middle-aged, a new government report shows. Between 2000 and 2014, there was a 12 percent overall drop in deaths from the progressive lung disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Report co-author Hanyu Ni said the figures aren't ...

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 ...

Certain COPD Meds Might Raise Heart Risks, Study Says

Posted 20 May 2013 by

MONDAY, May 20 – Long-acting inhaled medications used by millions of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may raise the risk of cardiovascular complications among older patients, a new large Canadian study reveals. The finding centers around patients over age 65 who are prescribed long-acting bronchodilators – either anticholinergics (such as Spiriva) or beta-agonists (such ...

Many Allergic to Fire Ant's Sting Don't Get Preventive Shots

Posted 4 Mar 2013 by

MONDAY, March 4 – For some people, a sting from the ubiquitous fire ant can provoke potentially severe reactions, but a new study finds that only one-third of people with such allergies get shots that can ease the danger. "Patients are fearful of the injections, and often feel that the time investment will never pay off in the long run," said one expert, Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine ...

Allergy 'Rescue' Shots May Work Better in Lower Thigh of Overweight Kids

Posted 25 Feb 2013 by

MONDAY, Feb. 25 – In overweight and obese children who suffer a severe allergic reaction, it may be more effective to inject epinephrine into the lower thigh rather than the upper thigh, according to a new study. Epinephrine is a medication used when a person has a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Epinephrine typically comes in a single-dose, pre-filled automatic ...

Son's Real-Life Drama Leads Comedy Queen to Medical Role

Posted 26 Sep 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26 – Actress Julie Bowen, awarded her second Emmy Sunday for her role in the hit TV comedy "Modern Family," starts a more serious role today: raising awareness about life-threatening childhood allergies. The two-time best supporting actress in a comedy series and mother of three knows firsthand about potentially fatal allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Her oldest son, Oliver ...

More Vigilance Needed to Protect Kids With Food Allergies

Posted 25 Jun 2012 by

MONDAY, June 25 – Many young children who are allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts have serious reactions after accidental exposures caused by misread labels, cross-contact between foods or mistakes in food preparation, a new study finds. The reactions occur in spite of parents being aware of the allergies and educated about the potential seriousness of them – a finding that experts say ...

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 ...

Some Schools Don't Let Kids Carry Asthma Inhalers

Posted 27 Apr 2012 by

FRIDAY, April 27 – Although all 50 states have laws that allow children with asthma to carry inhalers at school and 48 states have laws that let youngsters carry epinephrine pens for serious allergies, experts say that some kids are still being denied access to these lifesaving medications during the school day. "Every school district handles this a little bit different, and for those who don't ...

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 ...

Adrenaline Therapy for Cardiac Arrest Linked to Worse Outcomes

Posted 20 Mar 2012 by

TUESDAY, March 20 – The decades-old practice of treating cardiac arrest patients with epinephrine – adrenaline – might do more harm than good in the long run, suggests a new analysis of hundreds of thousands of cases. Japanese researchers found that cardiac arrest patients given epinephrine were more likely to survive one month, compared with those who didn't get the treatment. But when the ...

More People Need Training in Lifesaving Epinephrine Use, Advocates Say

Posted 9 Feb 2012 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 9 – When Jane Able's 4-year-old daughter, Ellie, was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy, the New Albany, Ohio, mother got trained in using an epinephrine pen and never leaves home without it. The device contains an injectable dose of epinephrine, a hormone that can halt even life-threatening allergic reactions. But it's not only Able who needs to know how to use the device – ...

Asthma Meds Likely Safe During Pregnancy: Study

Posted 20 Jan 2012 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 20 – A new study found no statistically significant link between asthma medication use during pregnancy and common birth defects. However, the study did find a positive association between some rare birth defects and mothers with asthma, and potentially with their medication use. But, the researchers couldn't tease out whether the problem was a loss of oxygen from less than ...

Study Offers Clues to Why Some Don't Benefit From Asthma Drugs

Posted 6 Jan 2012 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 6 – Almost half of patients with mild or moderate asthma may have a different type of disease than those with more severe symptoms, perhaps explaining why common treatments don't work well for them, new research suggests. "We are beginning to understand that different 'flavors' of asthma probably have different molecular mechanisms," said Dr. John Fahy, director of the Airway ...

Use of Asthma Controller Meds on the Rise Among U.S. Kids

Posted 13 Oct 2011 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 13 – The percentage of children with asthma in the United States who use a prescription "controller" medicine has nearly doubled since the late 1990s, a new federal government report finds. The analysis of data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey showed that the use of controller drugs by these children increased from 29 percent in 1997-1998 to 58 percent in 2007-2008, ...

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