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COPD, Asthma, or Asthma COPD Overlap Syndrome: Diagnostic Challenges

COPD, Asthma, or Asthma COPD Overlap Syndrome: Diagnostic Challenges

Emerging guidelines for diagnosing and treating asthma COPD overlap syndrome will help clinicians better manage patients and prevent serious adverse effects.

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COPD, Asthma, or Asthma COPD Overlap Syndrome: Diagnostic Challenges

COPD, Asthma, or Asthma COPD Overlap Syndrome: Diagnostic Challenges

Emerging guidelines for diagnosing and treating asthma COPD overlap syndrome will help clinicians better manage patients and prevent serious adverse effects.

Breathing New Life Into COPD and Asthma Therapy With Statins

Breathing New Life Into COPD and Asthma Therapy With Statins

Statins have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects, which could reduce exacerbations of both asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Prevent Treatment Nonadherence in Asthma, COPD: Build Strong Patient Relationships

Prevent Treatment Nonadherence in Asthma, COPD: Build Strong Patient Relationships

Patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have especially high rates of nonadherence, even in comparison with other chronic diseases.

Asthma Development in Early Childhood May Hinge on Early Life Stress

Asthma Development in Early Childhood May Hinge on Early Life Stress

Prenatal and early life stress, including societal stress, have been implicated in the development of asthma and other allergic diseases in children.

Volatile Organic Compound Analysis in Pediatric Asthma: A New Clinical Tool

Volatile Organic Compound Analysis in Pediatric Asthma: A New Clinical Tool

Analyzing volatile organic compounds in pediatric patients with asthma shows promise for disease diagnosis and management.

Precision Medicine May Pave the Way for Better Treatment in Asthma, COPD

Precision Medicine May Pave the Way for Better Treatment in Asthma, COPD

At a research seminar held by the European Respiratory Society in February 2017, a group of investigators discussed how precision medicine may improve treatment in asthma and COPD.

Role of E-Cigarettes in Asthma Development and Exacerbation

Role of E-Cigarettes in Asthma Development and Exacerbation

Smokers with asthma have been encouraged to switch from conventional to electronic cigarettes, but the latter may still cause respiratory damage.

The Potential Pitfalls of Machine Learning Algorithms in Medicine

The Potential Pitfalls of Machine Learning Algorithms in Medicine

The ability of machine learning programs to diagnose medical conditions and predict outcomes is discussed in an opinion article.

Asthma Control With Mobile Health Initiatives

Asthma Control With Mobile Health Initiatives

Mobile devices may help patients with asthma better manage and control their disease.

Asthma Management During Pregnancy: How to Benefit Both Mothers and Infants

Asthma Management During Pregnancy: How to Benefit Both Mothers and Infants

Although some pregnant women discontinue their asthma medications for fear of fetal drug toxicity, they may be putting their babies at greater risk.

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Various Perinatal Risks Associated With Maternal Asthma Diagnosis

Various Perinatal Risks Associated With Maternal Asthma Diagnosis

Women with a diagnosis of asthma may have a higher risk for preterm birth, and their infants may have an increased risk for perinatal mortality, low birth weight, fetal growth restriction, and asphyxia.

Omalizumab Inhibits Respiratory Reactions During Aspirin Desensitization

Omalizumab Inhibits Respiratory Reactions During Aspirin Desensitization

In patients with aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease, treatment with omalizumab resulted in "clinically silent" aspirin desensitization.

Asthma Exacerbation Risk With As-Needed Budesonide-Formoterol vs Maintenance Budesonide

Asthma Exacerbation Risk With As-Needed Budesonide-Formoterol vs Maintenance Budesonide

Budesonide-formoterol as needed was not inferior compared with budesonide maintenance therapy in terms of severe asthma exacerbation rates, but may be inferior for controlling symptoms.

Greater Use of Tobacco Products Among Youth With Asthma

Greater Use of Tobacco Products Among Youth With Asthma

E-cigarettes are the most commonly used product in middle and high school students with or without asthma.

Effectiveness of Budesonide-Formoterol vs Terbutaline in Asthma Symptom Control

Effectiveness of Budesonide-Formoterol vs Terbutaline in Asthma Symptom Control

There was a 60% lower rate of severe asthma exacerbations in individuals treated with budesonide-formoterol compared with individuals treated with terbutaline as needed.

Asthma-Associated Chemicals in Hair Products for Black Women Raise Concerns

Asthma-Associated Chemicals in Hair Products for Black Women Raise Concerns

Chemicals linked with endocrine disruption and asthma identified in hair products used by black women and children.

Budesonide Improved Epithelial Barrier Function in Asthma

Budesonide Improved Epithelial Barrier Function in Asthma

Researchers evaluated barrier dysfunction by exposing viral models to budesonide, montelukast, formoterol, or a combination.

Inhaled Interferon-Beta 1a Does Not Reduce Severe Asthma Exacerbations

Inhaled Interferon-Beta 1a Does Not Reduce Severe Asthma Exacerbations

Inhaled interferon-beta 1 a did not significantly reduce acute asthma exacerbations during respiratory viral infections.

Longer Hospital Stay, Higher Costs With Unwarranted Antibiotics in Asthma Exacerbations

Longer Hospital Stay, Higher Costs With Unwarranted Antibiotics in Asthma Exacerbations

Longer stay and higher costs were associated with antibiotic administration in adults hospitalized for an asthma exacerbation without documented evidence of a lung infection.

Morning vs Evening ICS Dosing in Asthma: Efficacies Compared

Morning vs Evening ICS Dosing in Asthma: Efficacies Compared

Inhaled corticosteroids for asthma dosed once daily in the evening appeared to offer some benefit in trough FEV1 and morning peak expiratory flow.

Anxiety, Depression Associated With Poor Self-Perceived Asthma Control

Anxiety, Depression Associated With Poor Self-Perceived Asthma Control

Investigators conducted a prospective survey to examine the association between asthma symptom severity and symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Overweight, Obesity Linked to Asthma Development in Children and Adolescents

Overweight, Obesity Linked to Asthma Development in Children and Adolescents

Overweight or obese children are more likely to develop new onset asthma compared with normal weight controls.

Antibiotic Use During Pregnancy May Increase Risk for Childhood Asthma

Antibiotic Use During Pregnancy May Increase Risk for Childhood Asthma

Researchers examined the association of timing, frequency, and class of antibiotic use during pregnancy on the development of childhood asthma.

Sertraline Not Beneficial for Symptomatic Chronic Breathlessness

Sertraline Not Beneficial for Symptomatic Chronic Breathlessness

Sertraline does not prove to be beneficial for relief of chronic breathlessness.

Efficacy, Safety of Dupilumab in Corticosteroid-Dependent Severe Asthma

Efficacy, Safety of Dupilumab in Corticosteroid-Dependent Severe Asthma

Subcutaneous dupilumab significantly reduced the use of oral corticosteroids in patients with corticosteroid-dependent severe asthma.

Lung Function in Severe Asthma Improved With Benralizumab

Lung Function in Severe Asthma Improved With Benralizumab

Peak expiratory flow increases were greater with benralizumab than placebo in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma.

Asthma Risk Increased for Premenopausal Women Using Oral Contraceptives

Asthma Risk Increased for Premenopausal Women Using Oral Contraceptives

Oral contraceptive use in women of reproductive age may increase the risk for lifetime asthma.

Vitamin D Supplementation Improves Asthma Control

Vitamin D Supplementation Improves Asthma Control

In individuals with asthma and vitamin D deficiency, vitamin D supplementation improved asthma control.

Macrolides for Asthma Management: An Updated Review

Macrolides for Asthma Management: An Updated Review

While macrolides had no direct effect on lung function, their use significantly improved asthma control and quality of life in patients with asthma.

Prevalence of Obese, Allergic Asthma Phenotypes Examined in US Children

Prevalence of Obese, Allergic Asthma Phenotypes Examined in US Children

The study authors examined data obtained from the 2007-2008 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) to determine the prevalence, risk factors, as well as the severity of asthma phenotypes.

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