An itch you can't scratch: Researchers find 'itch receptors' in the throats of mice
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Working with mice, Johns Hopkins researchers report they have found previously known skin itch receptors in the airways that appear to contribute to bronchoconstriction and airway hypersensitivity, hallmarks of asthma and other respiratory disorders. The investigators' experiments in mice suggest that the receptors' activation directly aggravates airway constriction and--if the same process is active in people--may be a promising new target for the development of drug therapies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Making AI Matter in Healthcare
Healthcare is just as prone to fall victim to hype and irrational exuberance as any other complex industry. And the more revolutionary the promise, the more outrageous the overstatements could be. Artificial intelligence has certainly been one of those "next big things" for some time in healthcare. Whether branded as "big data and analytics" or "automated clinical decision support," the results of technology-assisted care, especially in non-clinical and non-emergent settings, have been uneven at best. But a new report indicates AI's time in healthcare is nigh, and technology and policy pioneer...
Source: MDDI - March 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Greg Goth Tags: Software Digital Health Source Type: news

Current Tobacco Smoke Exposure Doesn ’ t Obstruct Peds Airflow
However, prenatal smoking is associated with airflow obstruction among children with asthma (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - March 9, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Nursing, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Thousands Have Died Prematurely From Gas Produced by Diesel Engines, Study Finds
This study shows how much nitrogen dioxide harms health in Germany,” the head of the Federal Office for the Environment, Maria Krautzberger, said. “We should do everything to make our air clean and healthy.” The report found that the number of deaths fell from a peak of 8,157 in 2008, in line with a gradual decline in NO2 emissions in Germany. It took a conservative approach, only examining diseases that have a well-established link with NO2 and excluding the impact in areas where emissions are below 10 micrograms per cubic meter. Still, it found the disease burden was up to 50 percent higher in areas wit...
Source: TIME: Health - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized APH Germany healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Emerging Concepts in Evidence-Based Asthma Management Emerging Concepts in Evidence-Based Asthma Management
Emerging concepts in the management of asthma may lead to new and improved strategies for the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of the disease.Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Serious asthma attacks reduced by temporary quadrupling of steroid inhaler, study finds
(University of Nottingham) Serious asthma attacks in adults can be reduced by a temporary but significant increase in the dose of inhaled steroids during severe episodes of asthma, according to a new UK-wide study led by asthma experts at the University of Nottingham. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New molecular target could help ease asthma
(University of California - Davis Health System) Researchers at UC Davis Health and Albany Medical College have shown that the protein vascular endothelial growth factor A -- or VEGFA -- plays a major role in the inflammation and airway obstruction associated with asthma. The finding may eventually lead to new asthma treatments targeting VEGFA. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Asthma UK: Top 10 triggers of DEADLY asthma attacks - and how to avoid them
ASTHMA UK has revealed the top triggers of deadly asthma attacks, and has urged patients to always carry their inhalers. These are the causes of attacks to avoid, and how to prevent symptoms. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Asthma Attacks Not Stopped by Boosting Inhaled Steroids Asthma Attacks Not Stopped by Boosting Inhaled Steroids
The common practice of quintupling the dose of inhaled glucocorticoids at the first sign of worsening asthma does not prevent exacerbations in children, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Source Type: news

Adamis Pharma ’ s EpiPen alternative succeeds in human factors study
Adamis Pharmaceuticals (NSDQ:ADMP) has positioned its emergency allergy treatment as a cheaper alternative to Mylan‘s (NSDQ:MYL) EpiPen device. The company has also set out to prove that its epinephrine injector is easy to use, even by people using an auto-injector for the first time. Data from a human factors study conducted by Adamis were presented this week at a meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The study found that participants could learn how to successfully use Adamis’ Symjepi device, which was approved by the FDA in June last year. Get the full st...
Source: Mass Device - March 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Clinical Trials Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Respiratory Wall Street Beat adamispharmaceuticals Mylan Source Type: news

Newborns who look like their fathers are healthier at one-year-old
Researchers from Binghamton University, New York, found children who resemble their fathers are significantly less likely to have an asthma attack and visit the doctor or emergency room. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fear and Uncertainty Grip Rohingya Women in India
This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8.The post Fear and Uncertainty Grip Rohingya Women in India appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs India International Women's Day 2018 Jammu and Kashmir Source Type: news

Short-term rise in steroid dose ‘does not’ prevent asthma flare-ups
Temporarily increasing the dosage of inhaled steroids when asthma symptoms begin to worsen does not effectively prevent severe flare-ups, according to US researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 5, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NIH: Asthma flare-ups not prevented by temporary increases to inhaled steroid dose
Temporarily increasing the amount of inhaled steroids that young children take when their asthma symptoms worsen does not prevent severe flare-ups, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health. The findings buck traditional medical practice involving kids with mild-to-moderate asthma. Asthma flare-ups are common among children with asthma and most doctors recommend boosting a patient’s dose of inhaled steroids from low to high at the first sign of coughing and wheezing. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post NIH: Asthma flare-ups not prevented by temporary...
Source: Mass Device - March 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Research & Development Respiratory National Institutes of Health (NIH) Source Type: news

Vitamin D deficiency - FIVE signs that you need more 4p a day ‘sunshine’ supplements
VITAMIN D deficiency increases the risk of cancer, asthma, cardiovascular disease and bone pain. You could be at risk of the condition if you ’re showing any of these five tell-tale signs and symptoms. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Itraconazole and prednisolone are compared for ABPA-complicating asthma treatment
Mon, 03/05/2018 - 15:03News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - March 5, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: ROrritt Source Type: news

Short-term increases in inhaled steroid doses do not prevent asthma flare-ups in children
NIH-funded findings challenge common practice of increasing doses at early signs of worsening symptoms. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - March 5, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Boosting Steroid Dose May Not Reduce Kids' Asthma Flare-Ups
Title: Boosting Steroid Dose May Not Reduce Kids' Asthma Flare-UpsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/3/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/5/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Asthma General)
Source: MedicineNet Asthma General - March 5, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Genetic tests offered by family doctors to target patient treatments
Family doctors will offer genetic tests to find out which medicines work best with individual patients ’ DNA. A pilot scheme for asthma, depression and high cholesterol is being launched in East Anglia. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What are Indications for Allergen-specific Immunotherapy?
Discussion Allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT) is a disease modifying treatment for allergic disease. Sometimes referred to as desensitization, the premise is to expose the patient to small but regular amounts of a specific antigen thereby building tolerance within the patient to the allergen. AIT is often underused because of safety concerns and lack of appropriately trained health care providers and facilities to safely carry out AIT treatment. There are 4 main AIT treatments options currently: SCIT – subcutaneous immunotherapy Allergen is injected into the subcutaneous skin “Shots are effective in treati...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - March 5, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Flu Has ‘ Definitely Peaked ’ Nationally; Remains High In Mass.
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — Flu has been shown the door in the United States. Illness activity peaked and began to decline during the eighth week of the year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly surveillance report indicated Friday. Just 5% of people who visited their doctors did so while complaining of flu-like illness, down from 6.4% the previous week. Caused by viruses, flu is a contagious respiratory illness with mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death. “We have definitely peaked,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said, quickly adding, “that doesn&r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Flu Source Type: news

AAAAI: No Benefit to Upping Inhaled Steroids During Asthma'Yellow Zone '
(MedPage Today) -- Increasing dosage even by factor of four to five did not prevent exacerbations (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - March 3, 2018 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Boosting Steroid Dose May Not Reduce Kids' Asthma Flare-Ups
SATURDAY, March 3, 2018 -- Temporarily boosting the dose of inhaled steroids may not do much to reduce the frequency of severe asthma flare-ups in children, according to two new studies. Short-term increases in inhaled steroids might even be tied to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 3, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

A COPD Pop Quiz: 5 Tricky Questions
Try these 5 questions written by a pulmonologist and based on updates to the GOLD guidelines on how to classify and manage COPD. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 3, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Jonathan Ilowite, MD Tags: Asthma COPD Respiratory Diseases Source Type: news

Progressive Dyspnea & amp; Chronic Cough: One Disease or Two?
Beth is age 52, smokes 2 packs of cigarettes a day, gets breathless in cold weather, and has had " bronchitis " twice this year. What's your diagnosis? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 2, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Jonathan Ilowite, MD Tags: Asthma COPD Respiratory Diseases Source Type: news

Study: Pediatric asthma care can improve with personalized assessment
Improved personalized assessments could increase the accuracy of medications of pediatric asthma patients discharged from hospitals, according to a study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA to Review DUPIXENT(R) (dupilumab) as Potential Treatment for Moderate-to-Severe Asthma
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. and PARIS, March 2, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and Sanofi today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review the supplemental Biolo... Biopharmaceuticals, FDA Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi, DUPIXENT, dupilumab, asthma (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - March 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA to review Dupixent ® (dupilumab) as potential treatment for moderate-to-severe asthma
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review the supplemental Biologics License Application of Dupixent® (dupilumab) as an add-on maintenance treatment in certain adults and adolescents (12 years of age and older) with moderate-to-severe asthma. Per the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, the target action date is October 20, 2018. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - March 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Sanofi Business and Industry Source Type: news

Study shows improving pediatric asthma care is possible
(University of Connecticut) New study findings published in the March issue of Hospital Pediatrics shows improved personalized inpatient assessments can enhance the accuracy of the prescribed asthma therapy a child receives. A physician's asking of the six key asthma control questions can help. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Clinical Presentations and Treatment Implications of Asthma Clinical Presentations and Treatment Implications of Asthma
Dr Aaron Holley comments on a new review of eosinophilic and noneosinophilic asthma.Medscape Critical Care (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - March 1, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Viewpoint Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What do rescue inhalers do?
Using a rescue inhaler can provide relief during an asthma attack, but there are many different types and uses. Learn more about them here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Asthma Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What does reactive airway disease mean?
Reactive airway disease is a term given to symptoms that may indicate an underlying condition. Included is detail on risk factors and related conditions. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Asthma Source Type: news

Female Infertility Tied to Asthma Managed With Rescue Inhalers
No link to infertility for those with former asthma, or for those with asthma preventer medications (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 27, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Female Hormones May Play Part in Asthma
Title: Female Hormones May Play Part in AsthmaCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/26/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/27/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Womens Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Womens Health General - February 27, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA approves label changes for asthma drug Xolair (omalizumab), including describing slightly higher risk of heart and brain adverse events
[9-26-2014] A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of safety studies suggests a slightly increased risk of problems involving the heart and blood vessels supplying the brain among patients being treated with the asthma drug Xolair (omalizumab) than in those who were not treated with Xolair. As a result, we have added information about these potential risks to the drug label. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - February 26, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Environmental Changes Exacerbating Allergy, Asthma Environmental Changes Exacerbating Allergy, Asthma
Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Allergy & Clinical Immunology News Source Type: news

Female Hormones May Play Part in Asthma
MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 -- There may be a link between asthma in women and changes in levels of female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, researchers report. That could help explain why asthma is more common in boys than girls in childhood,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 26, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Summer Camp Tips for Kids With Asthma, Allergies
Title: Summer Camp Tips for Kids With Asthma, AllergiesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/24/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/26/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Allergies General)
Source: MedicineNet Allergies General - February 26, 2018 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Asthma in Children -- United States, 2001-2016 Asthma in Children -- United States, 2001-2016
This report analyzes trends and demographic differences in health outcomes and health care use among children with asthma in the US.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Journal Article Source Type: news

Researchers discover receptor that protects against allergies, asthma
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) A special receptor on cells that line the sinuses, throat and lungs evolved to protect mammals from developing a range of allergies and asthma, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Summer Camp Tips for Kids With Asthma, Allergies
SATURDAY, Feb. 24, 2018 -- Your children may already be looking forward to summer camp. But when it comes to kids with asthma or allergies, parents need to take extra steps in planning their outdoor experience. " Kids with allergies and asthma need... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 24, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Asthma inhaler batches recalled due to dose delivery problem
Three specific lots of asthma inhalers are being recalled, including preventer and emergency relief inhalers, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 22, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

An under-the-radar immune cell shows potential in fight against cancer
(University of British Columbia) One of the rarest of immune cells, Type-2 innate lympoid cells might be a potent weapon in slowing the spread of cancer to other parts of the body. Though known primarily for their role in causing asthma, University of British Columbia scientists found that implanted cancers metastasize much more easily in mice lacking ILC2 cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 22, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Asthma inhalers recalled in device alert
Specific batches of Ventolin Accuhaler and Seretide Accuhaler do not deliver the full dose. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effectiveness of Indoor Allergen Reduction in Management of Asthma
This review evaluates the effectiveness of allergen reduction interventions on asthma outcomes in adults and children. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

GlaxoSmithKline to Use a ‘Breath Biopsy’ Test by Owlstone Medical in a Phase II Clinical Trial of a Respiratory Drug
It has been regularly demonstrated in recent decades that human breath contains elements that could be incorporated into clinical laboratory tests, so the decision to use this “breath biopsy” test in a therapeutic drug trial will be closely watched When a major pharma company pays attention to a breath test, implications for clinical laboratories are […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 21, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations anatomic pathology asthma Billy Boyle biomarkers Breath biopsy platfor Source Type: news

Treatment Change Effects on Asthma Phenotype and Neutrophils Treatment Change Effects on Asthma Phenotype and Neutrophils
A better understanding of how treatment changes affect asthma inflammatory phenotypes and airway neutrophils may help guide asthma treatment strategies.BMC Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Pediatric Acute Asthma Exacerbation Severity Assessment Tool Pediatric Acute Asthma Exacerbation Severity Assessment Tool
An evidence-based asthma assessment tool provides guidance for the assessment and treatment of acute asthma exacerbation in the pediatric primary care setting.Journal of Pediatric Health Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Journal Article Source Type: news

Safety of Tiotropium in Children with Persistent Asthma
Results of the first study to evaluate use of the adult COPD drug in children age 5 years and younger lay fertile ground for future trials. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - February 20, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Veronica Hackethal, MD Tags: Asthma Source Type: news

MicroRNA could help treat cancer and asthma
(Purdue University) MiR-223 shows promise for treating inflammatory disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 20, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news