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Delayed NICE guidance on asthma diagnosis may cause problems for GPs

NICE guidance on diagnosing asthma could be published this week after nearly five years in development, but looks set to clash with existing advice - potentially leaving GPs unclear over best practice.
Source: GP Online News - Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.8 Respiratory Problems Source Type: news

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Authors: Mansuet-Lupo A, Lococo F, Larousserie F, Alifano M, Saliceti R Abstract Mediastinal tumors are heterogeneous and the diagnosis depends on their location in the mediastinum. The most frequent tumors are germinal tumor, lymphoma and thymoma. The clinical and radiological aspects are often not sufficient to orient the diagnosis and biopsy is necessary to confirmed it. Here, we present a rare case of an anterior mediastinal mass incidentally detected in a 63 years old man during assessment for asthma. The lesion was presumptively diagnosed as a thymic epithelial tumor based on location and radiological charact...
Source: Pathologica - Category: Pathology Tags: Pathologica Source Type: research
AbstractEosinophilic esophagitis and asthma are frequently found as comorbid conditions in children and adults along with other manifestations of atopic diathesis. These two conditions have similar T helper 2 responses-driven pathophysiology and share common management strategies such as using systemic corticosteroids and targeted anti-cytokine biologic therapies. Review of the literature finds that asthma is often a comorbid condition in eosinophilic esophagitis in both children and adults; however, the EoE-asthma relationship remains poorly characterized mechanistically and clinically. EoE and asthma commonly share sever...
Source: Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
In this study published in July 2017, researchers looked at the vitamin D levels and cognitive function in patients who experienced psychosis. They found an association between low levels of vitamin D and decreased processing speed and verbal fluency. The authors suggested the next step should be randomized controlled trials of vitamin D supplementation in those with psychosis and vitamin D deficiency. Another study, published in Psychiatry Research in August 2017, looked at whether vitamin B12, homocysteine folic acid, and vitamin D might be connected to childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Fifty-two children an...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Alternative and Nutritional Supplements Brain and Behavior Health-related Memory and Perception Mental Health and Wellness Brain Disorder Mental Illness Vitamin D Vitamin Deficiency Source Type: blogs
Authors: Rank M, Landman N, Harootunian G, Winscott M, Jain N, Frey K, Wilson G, Drewek R, Parra-Roide L, Wilson C, Smoldt R, Cortese D Abstract OBJECTIVE: To describe the variation in asthma quality and costs among children with different Medicaid insurance plans. METHODS: We used 2013 data from the Center for Health Information and Research, which houses a database that includes individuals who have Medicaid insurance in Arizona. We analyzed children ages 2-17 years-old who lived in Maricopa County, Arizona. Asthma medication ratio (AMR, a measure of appropriate asthma medication use), outpatient follow-...
Source: Journal of Asthma - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research
Authors: Garcia M, Le Moal G, Cadranel J, Roblot F, Godet C PMID: 29451812 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Asthma - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research
Authors: van Kampen V, Sander I, Merget R, Brüning T, Raulf M Abstract Usually the diagnosis of baker's asthma is based on specific inhalation challenge with flours. To a certain extent the concentration of specific IgE to flour predicts the outcome of challenge test in bakers. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the ratio of specific IgE (sIgE) to total IgE (tIgE) improves challenge test prediction in comparison to sIgE alone. Ninety-five bakers with work-related respiratory symptoms were challenged with rye flour. Total IgE, sIgE, and the sIgE/tIgE ratio were determined. Receiver operator character...
Source: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology - Category: Research Tags: Adv Exp Med Biol Source Type: research
In a new study, the combination of hands-on in school asthma therapy and telemedicine visits proved a successful model that could be scaleable.
Source: ConsultantLive - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Asthma Source Type: news
Asthma is one of the commonest chronic conditions in children and can occasionally be fatal. Little has changed regarding the risk factors for children dying from asthma in the last 30 years. The majority of deaths from asthma occur in children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. These should be preventable with better education of families, oversight of medication adherence and improved communication between health care professionals and families. More needs to be done to deliver basic messages more effectively about asthma management to the most vulnerable in communities around the world.
Source: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
The potency of T regulatory (TREG) cells to inhibit T helper (Th)-driven immune cell responses has been linked to increased intracellular cyclic-AMP (cAMP) levels of TREG cells. In an ovalbumin (OVA)-driven al...
Source: BMC Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
Publication date: 17 February 2018 Source:New Scientist, Volume 237, Issue 3165
Source: New Scientist - Category: Science Source Type: research
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