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Effect of tobacco control policies on perinatal and child health: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Review of 41 studies found implementation of smoke-free legislation was linked to reductions in rates of preterm birth, hospital attendance for asthma exacerbations, and rates of hospital attendance for all respiratory tract infections and for lower respiratory tract infections.
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Conclusions These findings could help inform the evaluation of interventions to prevent and manage noncommunicable chronic diseases and their potential to control costs among the vulnerable Medicaid population.
Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
Study found fracture risk is not significantly increased with daily inhaled steroids in children with asthma compared with no steroid use; the authors encourage use when indicated.Medscape Medical News
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news
Benralizumab, an interleukin-5 receptor inhibitor, targets and rapidly depletes eosinophils and is the first respiratory biologic with an 8-week maintenance dosing schedule.FDA Approvals
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Alert Source Type: news
Conclusion Multifunctional mHealth apps have good potential in the control of asthma and in improving the quality of life in such patients compared with traditional interventions. Further studies are needed to identify the effectiveness of these interventions on outcomes related to medication adherence and costs....
Source: Applied Clinical Informatics - Category: Information Technology Source Type: research
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new asthma medicine developed by AstraZeneca. The drug, called Fasenra, was approved for the add-on maintenance treatment of patients with severe asthma aged 12 years and older with an eosinophilic phenotype. Eosinophils are a type of disease-fighting white blood cell. A phenotype is the composite of an organism's observable characteristics or traits. Asthma affects an estimated 315 million individuals worldwide, and up to 10 percents of asthma patients…
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A study by McMaster University in Canada found having eczema alone does not raise asthma and allergies risks. But infants with a certain anitbody are at higher risk.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Authors: Renaud-Picard B, Toussaint J, Leclercq A, Reeb J, Kessler L, Toti F, Kessler R Abstract Microparticles (MP) are plasmic membrane fragments released from cells after physiological stimulation or stress conditions like inflammation or infection. Their production is correlated to the rate of cell apoptosis. All types of cells can produce MP but they are produced mainly by platelets, endothelial cells, and leukocytes. They carry many bio-active molecules on their surface, specific to the parental cell, giving them the ability to be biomarkers and bio-effectors. MP are present in circulating blood, tissues and ...
Source: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Rev Mal Respir Source Type: research
LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca has achieved another milestone in rebuilding its drug portfolio with U.S. approval of a drug for severe asthma as the company battles to put patent losses on older medicines behind it.
Source: Reuters: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Authors: Sutherland MF, Portelli EL, Collins AL, Rahman MA, McDonald CF PMID: 29129175 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Medical Journal of Australia - Category: General Medicine Tags: Med J Aust Source Type: research
Authors: Hoy RF, Brims F Abstract Occupational exposures are an important determinant of respiratory health. International estimates note that about 15% of adult-onset asthma, 15% of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and 10-30% of lung cancer may be attributable to hazardous occupational exposures. One-quarter of working asthmatics either have had their asthma caused by work or adversely affected by workplace conditions. Recently, cases of historical occupational lung diseases have been noted to occur with new exposures, such as cases of silicosis in workers fabricating kitchen benchtops from artificial stone p...
Source: Medical Journal of Australia - Category: General Medicine Tags: Med J Aust Source Type: research
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