Asthma

Asthma treatment: Steroid vs. placebo

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that patients with mild asthma (12 years and older) received the same benefit from a placebo as they did a steroid inhaler. The...
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Asthma exacerbation

An accurate history reduces risk. By Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN, and Nick Deuz, BSN, RN Yi Rong Huang, a 55-year-old man who speaks only Chinese, comes to the emergency department (ED) for nonradiating substernal chest pain....

Indoor smoking bans reduce children’s asthma ED visits

Emergency departments (EDs) in communities with indoor smoking bans report a 17% decrease in the number of children needing care for asthma attack, according to a study in Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. Read more...
Asthma

Understanding asthma pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management

A chronic inflammatory airway disorder, asthma is marked by airway hyperresponsiveness with recurrent episodes of wheezing, coughing, tightness of the chest, and shortness of breath. Typically, these episodes are associated with airflow obstruction that...

Twitter can help predict asthma-related ED visits

Researchers have created a model to predict approximately how many asthma sufferers would visit the ED at a large hospital in Dallas on a given day, based on an analysis of data from electronic...

When asthma escalates to an emergency

In asthma, airway inflammation leads to airway obstruction, which may be chronic or arise as an acute symptom exacerbation. Asthma signs and symptoms range from mild to severe and may proceed to life-threatening complications,...

Asthmatic teenager lands in the ICU

Alarming findings signal the need for noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation.

OTC asthma inhalers with CFCs will not be available after 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that over-the-counter (OTC) asthma inhalers containing chloroflouorocarbons (CFCs) will no longer be made or sold after Dec. 31, 2011, because of environmental concerns. Read more.

Breastfeeding may prevent childhood asthma symptoms

A study in the European Respiratory Journal found that compared to children who were breastfed for 6 months , those who weren’t breastfed or who were breastfed for fewer than 6 months had a...

Antibiotic prescriptions more common in children on asthma drugs

Children who take an asthma drug are more likely to be prescribed an antibiotic according to a study in Pediatrics. The authors state that focusing efforts to reduce antibiotic use in children treated with...

Study finds LTRA as effective as inhaled steroids in first-line asthma management

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that treatment with a leukotriene-receptor antagonist (LTRA) was as effective as inhaled glucocorticoid therapy as first-line controller therapy in asthma. Read more http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1010846?query=featured_home.

Keeping asthma at bay

NIH has updated its guidelines on asthma diagnosis and treatment. Learn how to help your asthma patients lead fuller lives.

FDA approves new device for asthma

On April 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first medical device that uses radiofrequency energy to treat severe and persistent asthma in adults. The Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty System is intended for...