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Illicit Drug Use in Asthma: Heroin, Cocaine, and Marijuana Worsen Symptoms

Illicit Drug Use in Asthma: Heroin, Cocaine, and Marijuana Worsen Symptoms

Inhaling and smoking heroin and cocaine increase the risk for asthma exacerbations and decreased pulmonary function; marijuana is associated with wheezing, cough, and sputum production.

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Illicit Drug Use in Asthma: Heroin, Cocaine, and Marijuana Worsen Symptoms

Illicit Drug Use in Asthma: Heroin, Cocaine, and Marijuana Worsen Symptoms

Inhaling and smoking heroin and cocaine increase the risk for asthma exacerbations and decreased pulmonary function; marijuana is associated with wheezing, cough, and sputum production.

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.

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Labetalol Use Higher in Patients With Asthma and Preeclampsia

Labetalol Use Higher in Patients With Asthma and Preeclampsia

Use of labetalol vs other antihypertensives is linked to increased risk of status asthmaticus.

High Blood Eosinophil Count Linked to Asthma-Related Hospital Readmission

High Blood Eosinophil Count Linked to Asthma-Related Hospital Readmission

A high blood eosinophil count may increase the risk for a second asthma-related hospitalization within 1 year following an initial hospitalization.

Hailie Solution Now Available for Tracking Asthma, COPD Medication Use

Hailie Solution Now Available for Tracking Asthma, COPD Medication Use

Through Bluetooth technology, clinicians and patients will be able to share and monitor inhaler usage.

Biologic Therapy Selection for Severe Asthma: Factors to Consider

Biologic Therapy Selection for Severe Asthma: Factors to Consider

The authors write that once severe asthma is diagnosed, clinicians should determine asthma endotype (Type2-high or Type2-low) to help choose the best therapy for the patient.

Dupilumab reduces systemic glucocorticoid use in severe asthmatics

Patients with severe asthma who are glucocorticoid dependent and treated with dupilumab for 24 weeks used significantly lower doses of glucocorticoids while maintaining asthmatic control compared with patients treated with placebo.

Basophil Levels in Childhood Asthma May Indicate Risk for Future Exacerbations

Basophil Levels in Childhood Asthma May Indicate Risk for Future Exacerbations

Children with asthma and/or wheeze who have a basophil level above 0.18% of the circulating peripheral blood mononuclear cell population have a higher risk for future exacerbations.

COPD and Asthma Overlap: Individual vs Environmental Risk Factors in Women

COPD and Asthma Overlap: Individual vs Environmental Risk Factors in Women

Socioeconomic and lifestyle risk factors had a more significant role in the development of COPD and asthma overlap syndrome in women than air pollution.

Comorbid Asthma Not Associated With Need for Surgery in Crohn Disease

Comorbid Asthma Not Associated With Need for Surgery in Crohn Disease

Asthma was not associated with a risk for intestinal resection surgery in patients with Crohn disease.

Electronic Asthma Action Plans Help Reduce Exacerbations

Electronic Asthma Action Plans Help Reduce Exacerbations

Electronic asthma action plans supported by text messaging services may improve control and reduce exacerbations.

Quality of Life in Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease vs Asthma Only

Quality of Life in Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease vs Asthma Only

Patients with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease had significantly lower levels of depression symptoms and higher quality of life compared with patients with asthma only.

Asthma and Poorly Controlled Asthma May Increase Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Asthma and Poorly Controlled Asthma May Increase Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Individuals with clinician-diagnosed asthma were at an estimated 38% higher risk for atrial fibrillation.

Hailie Sensor Gets FDA Clearance for Additional Asthma Inhalers

Hailie Sensor Gets FDA Clearance for Additional Asthma Inhalers

The Hailie sensor attaches to the asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) inhaler to monitor and help patient adherence.

Asthma Hospitalization Risk in Children From Grass, Weed, and Other Pollens

Asthma Hospitalization Risk in Children From Grass, Weed, and Other Pollens

Grass, other weeds, and unclassified pollen were significantly associated with increased risk for asthma hospitalization in young children.

Illicit Drug Use in Asthma: Heroin, Cocaine, and Marijuana Worsen Symptoms

Illicit Drug Use in Asthma: Heroin, Cocaine, and Marijuana Worsen Symptoms

Inhaling and smoking heroin and cocaine increase the risk for asthma exacerbations and decreased pulmonary function; marijuana is associated with wheezing, cough, and sputum production.

Severe Asthma Risk Increased From Aspergillus fumigatus Sensitization

Severe Asthma Risk Increased From Aspergillus fumigatus Sensitization

Sensitization to Aspergillus fumigatus increased the risk for severe asthma.

Fewer Asthma Exacerbations With LABA Plus Inhaled Glucocorticoid

Fewer Asthma Exacerbations With LABA Plus Inhaled Glucocorticoid

Combination therapy with a long-acting β2-agonist plus an inhaled glucocorticoid for asthma was not associated with a significantly higher risk for serious asthma-related events compared with an inhaled glucocorticoid alone.

Childhood Respiratory Risk Factor Profiles Predict Lung Function, COPD

Childhood Respiratory Risk Factor Profiles Predict Lung Function, COPD

Frequent asthma, bronchitis, allergy demonstrated the strongest association with , lower FEV1, lower FEV1/forced vital capacity, and increased risk for COPD.

Cytokine Profiles of Pregnant Women Predict Asthma in Children

Cytokine Profiles of Pregnant Women Predict Asthma in Children

Cytokines produced by mitogen-stimulated immune cells from pregnant women without asthma were shown to be associated with the development of asthma in their children.

CDC: Wildfire Smoke Poses Health Risks

CDC: Wildfire Smoke Poses Health Risks

The US Centers for Disease Control offers steps to minimize exposure to wildfire smoke, particularly for those with chronic conditions.

Free Vitamin D3 Inferior to Total Concentrations in Predicting Asthma Response

Free Vitamin D3 Inferior to Total Concentrations in Predicting Asthma Response

No associations were found between free concentration vitamin D3 levels and treatment failure or exacerbation rates in adults with asthma

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