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Personal Health: The Cost of Not Taking Your Medicine
Nonadherence to prescriptions causes some 125,000 deaths a year in the United States alone. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JANE E. BRODY Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Heart Transplants Asthma Statins (Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs) Source Type: news

Watchdog rap for on-line chemists issuing prescriptions in “seconds”
ON-LINE chemists are issuing prescriptions within “seconds” of receiving questionnaires and have been prescribing asthma inhalers without GP confirmation, says the UK’s leading health watchdog. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boston Medical Center Provides Free Tax Services To Low-Income Families
BOSTON (CBS) – Tuesday is tax day and places like “H&R Block” will be very busy for the next few days. However, people like Carolyn Hamblin are getting free help with their taxes at an unexpected place: Boston Medical Center. Hamblin gets her taxes done at her son’s pediatrician’s office. “They’re doing an excellent job,” said Hamblin. Free tax services accessible within the Boston Medical Center. (WBZ-TV) The program is called StreetCred. It is located within Boston Medical Center and offers free tax services to low income families and hospital employees. It is a unique ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Medical Center Dr. Lucy Marcil Dr. Mallika Marshall Dr. Michael Hole Streetcred tax day Source Type: news

Montreal pioneer in HIV/AIDS research died of asthma attack while swimming
The Miami-Dade County medical examiner's department has released Dr. Mark Wainberg's cause of death. It says the Montreal HIV/AIDS researcher died of an asthma attack that he suffered while swimming Tuesday in Bal Harbour, Fla. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Asthma: Overuse of Oral Steroids Suggests Underuse of Inhalers Asthma: Overuse of Oral Steroids Suggests Underuse of Inhalers
Apparent overuse of oral steroids may be linked to underuse of inhaled corticosteroids for children with asthma, a study of publically insured children suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - April 12, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

There's A Right Way To Clean Your Refrigerator
After a long winter of comfort food, baked goods, and takeout, it’s time to lighten up for spring. Begin by clearing out your refrigerator and cabinets to make room for more nutritious options. Make a Fresh Start You know to get rid of moldy, rotten food, but you could probably use a quick primer on storing produce: Whole fruits and vegetables can remain at room temperature for several hours or a day, chopped fruits or veggies need to be refrigerated within two hours of cutting, and cooked vegetables last only three to four days in the fridge. Note that apples should be kept separately, whether in the crisper or on t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New MyAsthma app can help relieve the stress of asthma management
(University of Nottingham) A new and unique smartphone app to help people with asthma manage their condition has been developed by lung experts at the Nottingham Respiratory Research Unit and the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Nanoparticles permeate lungs to deliver pulmonary drugs
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have developed nanoparticles that can shuttle chemicals through the thick mucus membranes of pulmonary airways to deliver drugs. The team’s work was published in the journal Science Advances.  Traditional therapies for cystic fibrosis, COPD and asthma include inhaled corticosteroids that adhere to the walls of air passages. Thick mucus tends to build up inside such passageways, creating a challenge for any delivery system. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Nanoparticles permeate lungs to deliver pulmonary drugs ap...
Source: Mass Device - April 11, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Pharmaceuticals Research & Development Respiratory Johns Hopkins Source Type: news

Why skipping a pool shower can be bad for your health
Two months ago Sue, 69, from Tewkesbury, who has never suffered from asthma or any other breathing problem in the past, suddenly found herself gasping for breath. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sunshine and Air: What Should You Tell Your Asthmatic Patients About Vitamin D? Sunshine and Air: What Should You Tell Your Asthmatic Patients About Vitamin D?
How much evidence is necessary before we give advice on adjunct therapies?Medscape Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines - April 11, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Viewpoint Source Type: news

Growing up with a pet may boost a baby's bacterial health
Conclusion This subgroup analysis of babies from a large Canadian birth cohort assessed whether exposure to furry pets before and after birth has any impact on infant gut bacteria. Overall it found that exposure to pets while in the womb and after birth was linked with richer and more diverse gut bacteria. The researchers say that several studies in the past, including their own, have found a link between richness of gut bacteria and both the development of allergies and the development of obesity. Therefore these findings may be taken to imply that pet exposure could protect against allergy and obesity in infants – ...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Biologic Mepolizumab Improves Asthma Quality of Life (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Drug already approved as add-on treatment for severe asthma (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - April 10, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Housecall: Spring cleaning and allergies
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Allergy-proof your home Thinking about spring cleaning? If you have hay fever or allergic asthma, it's also a good time to rid your home of what's causing your allergies. Long-term care: Early planning pays off It's best to talk about long-term care early ? before a sudden injury or illness forces [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 10, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

GSK recalls nearly 600,000 asthma inhalers in U.S.
GSK Plc is voluntarily recalling more than 593,000 Ventolin asthma inhalers from U.S. hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers due to a defect that may cause them to deliver fewer doses of the medicine than indicated. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Asthma drug effective against cold-induced hives in small study
Researchers in Germany found in a recent study that a drug used to treat asthma may be effective at treating the skin condition cold urticaria, or cold-induced hives. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to Protect Yourself From Air Pollution
FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 -- Air pollution poses significant health risks, so you need to take steps to protect yourself, an environmental health expert says. Researchers have linked air pollution with health problems such as childhood asthma,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 7, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Nearly 600,000 Asthma Inhalers Recalled
The company says there may be problems with the delivery system (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spring health cheat sheet
As the spring weather approaches, many common winter infections recede. However, warmer temperatures can introduce a new set of health challenges. As trees and flowers bloom and grass grows, susceptible children will start to display symptoms of seasonal allergies, triggering flares of asthma and eczema. And, As children spend more time outdoors, parents also need to watch for exposure to ticks, poison ivy and excess sun. Here are a few tips to keeping your child healthy this spring. Seasonal allergies: What can you do? During allergy season: have your child bathe after spending time outdoors to ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 7, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Carolyn Sax Tags: Health & Wellness Parenting allergies asthma Carolyn Sax conjunctivitis lyme disease sunburn Source Type: news

Health Highlights: April 7, 2017
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Nearly 600,000 Asthma Inhalers Recalled More than 590,000 albuterol inhalers are being recalled by GlaxoSmithKline because there could be... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 7, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Nearly 600,000 Asthma Inhalers Recalled
Title: Nearly 600,000 Asthma Inhalers RecalledCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/7/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/7/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Asthma General)
Source: MedicineNet Asthma General - April 7, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Nearly 600,000 Asthma Inhalers Recalled By GSK
ZEBULON, N.C. (CBS) – More than 593,000 asthma inhalers in the United States have been recalled because of a problem that could cause them to deliver less medication than intended. An FDA document indicates the reason for the recall is a “defective delivery system” due to a leak in the Ventolin inhalers. Reuters reports drugmaker GSK is trying to figure out what caused the problem after an increasing number of complaints, and is pulling the inhalers from hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers. “Though the overall benefit-risk assessment for Ventolin® HFA 200D Inhaler when used at presc...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News Asthma Recall Source Type: news

Health Tip: Asthma and Air Pollution
Title: Health Tip: Asthma and Air PollutionCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/6/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/6/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Asthma General)
Source: MedicineNet Asthma General - April 6, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Drugmaker GSK Recalling Nearly 600,000 Asthma Inhalers in U.S. Drugmaker GSK Recalling Nearly 600,000 Asthma Inhalers in U.S.
GSK Plc is voluntarily recalling more than 593,000 Ventolin asthma inhalers from U.S. hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers due to a defect that may cause them to deliver fewer doses of the medicine than indicated, the British drugmaker said on Tuesday.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - April 5, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Alert Source Type: news

Firefighters warned about heart attack risk
Conclusion This randomised crossover trial aimed to assess whether putting out a fire has an effect on the biological signs of cardiovascular health of firefighters.  By simulating a fire fighting scenario the researchers found that exposure to these conditions increased tendency of the blood to clot, reduced the stretchiness of the blood vessel walls, and caused a slight increase in a marker of heart muscle damage. This trial is thought to be the first assessing this link. Whilst a randomised controlled trial is the best way of investigating this link, there are some limitations to consider. The trial included a...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Source Type: news

The Vast Majority Of Kids Who Die Of The Flu Aren't Vaccinated
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drugmaker GSK recalling nearly 600,000 asthma inhalers in U.S.
(Reuters) - GSK Plc is voluntarily recalling more than 593,000 Ventolin asthma inhalers from U.S. hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers due to a defect that may cause them to deliver fewer doses of the medicine than indicated, the British drugmaker said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Morning after pill 'less reliable' for women over 11 stone
Conclusion Overall the FSRH guideline gives additional clarity around the different types of emergency contraception that should be selected in different circumstances. These recommendations are based on the best level of evidence and expert understanding to date. However, they may change in the future as more evidence comes to light. In particular, related to the issue of weight on the effectiveness of oral emergency contraception, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded in 2014 that the available evidence "was limited and not robust enough to support with certainty a conclusion that oral emergency contrac...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child QA articles Medication Source Type: news

Early life antibiotic use linked to inflammatory gut diseases in adulthood
A new research report involving mice shows that antibiotic use very early in life that alters the normal development/growth of gut bacteria, may contribute to the development of inflammatory bowel disease, and potentially other inflammatory diseases like asthma and multiple sclerosis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 3, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Thermoplasty not cost effective for severe persistent asthma
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - April 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Indoor smoking bans mean fewer ER asthma visits for kids
A recent study published in theAnnals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found that indoor smoking bans are associated with a 17 percent decrease in emergency room visits for children with asthma. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - March 31, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

FDA Declines to Approve Mylan's Generic Of GSK's Advair for Now FDA Declines to Approve Mylan's Generic Of GSK's Advair for Now
Mylan NV said on Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its generic version of GlaxoSmithKline Plc's blockbuster Advair asthma treatment, but provided no details of the agency's concerns or how long the product might be delayed.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - March 31, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Source Type: news

New Drug Review 2016 New Drug Review 2016
2016 brought promising new treatments for diabetes, asthma, psoriasis, schizophrenia, and epilepsy. Learn about their profiles in this review.U.S. Pharmacist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

The Climate Change Problem No One Talks About: Anxiety and Depression
Climate change doesn’t just affect people’s physical health by exacerbating problems like asthma — it can also cause mental health issues like anxiety and depression, according to a new report. Researchers behind the report from the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica say the mental health impacts come both immediately following extreme weather events tied to climate change and gradually as temperatures and sea levels rise over the course of years and decades. Trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression all rank among the ailments linked to climate change, according to the report, ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - March 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized climate change onetime Source Type: news

Clear Air Advocates Decry Trump's Regulation Rollback
(MedPage Today) -- Groups say move will increase asthma, premature death (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - March 30, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

The Elephant Sitting On Your Chest: Asthma & Allergens
“Untitled” by Darren Coleshill is licensed under CC0/span>. From winter into spring, the transition is beautiful. Trees are full of leaves and flowers are in full bloom. In Texas, the bluebonnets grace our highways. The sun is out, shining brightly. Suddenly, some of us start wheezing, coughing, and sneezing. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), allergens in the environment can trigger seasonal allergies and asthma. Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lung and is now the most common chronic disorder in childhood. The prevalence has increased over the years. Acco...
Source: Network News - March 29, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: NN/LM South Central Region Tags: Consumer Health Data General (all entries) Public Health Source Type: news

FDA declines to approve Mylan's generic of GSK's Advair for now
(Reuters) - Mylan NV said on Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its generic version of GlaxoSmithKline Plc's blockbuster Advair asthma treatment, but provided no details of the agency's concerns or how long the product might be delayed. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Active Partners in Research
As companies increasingly integrate patient input into their R&D activities, they are coming to realize that they must also forge strong partnerships with patients and their families if they are to deliver truly patient-centered care. Yet, how do you transform buzzwords like patient engagement, patient voices, patient partnerships from theory into practice?It starts with being more systematic, says Danielle Gerlag, Patient Engagement Lead at  GlaxoSmithKline. “Over the last 10-15 years, we’ve done a lot to get the patient’s voice heard within GSK and there are pockets of excellence where we have ...
Source: EyeForPharma - March 29, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Deirdre Coleman Source Type: news

Asthmatic schoolchildren are 'uncomfortable' using their inhalers
(Queen Mary University of London) Poor asthma control and knowledge are common in children with doctor-diagnosed asthma, according to research by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 29, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

The 6|18 Initiative: Accelerating Evidence into Action
This initiative from the CDC targets six common and costly health conditions - tobacco use, high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes - and 18 proven specific interventions that formed the starting point of discussions with purchasers, payers, and providers. Key actions of this initiative include bringing together health care purchasers, payers, and providers with CDC researchers, economists, and policy analysts to offer opportunities to improve health and control costs with the 6|18 interventions. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - March 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

What are the health benefits of good fungi
‘Fungus is a hugely under-recognised area,' says Professor Christopher Thornton of the University of Exeter. New studies have revealed fungi could help treat conditions such as dermatitis and asthma. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

High fibre diet 'could prevent type 1 diabetes'
Animal trials hint that short-chain fatty acids produced by a fibre-rich diet could protect against early-onset diabetesScientists have raised hope for the prevention of early-onset diabetes in children after a fibre-rich diet was found to protect animals from the disease.More than 20 million people worldwide are affected by juvenile, or type 1, diabetes, which takes hold when the immune system turns on the body and destroys pancreatic cells that make the hormone insulin.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 27, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Diabetes Medical research Science Society Nutrition Asthma Irritable bowel syndrome Digestive disorders Source Type: news

Fibre supplements could help to beat ASTHMA
Researchers from the University of Newcastle in NSW found that fibre supplements altered the gut microbiome in asthmatics which had a positive impact on asthma control. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are tree nut allergies diagnosed too often?
(American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) A new study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows about 50 percent of those who thought they were allergic to all tree nuts were able to pass an oral food challenge without a reaction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Oral Food Challenge Could Help Better Diagnose Patients with Tree Nut Allergy (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Andr é Sofair, MD, MPH Avoiding all tree nuts might not be necessary in people who have a single tree nut allergy, suggests a study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Researchers analyzed data from over 150 tree nut oral food … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - March 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Mourners Pack Church, Streets for Funeral of FDNY Medic Struck by Ambulance
NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of mourners packed a Bronx church Saturday and filled the streets outside for the funeral of an emergency worker who was struck by her own ambulance and killed after the vehicle was stolen. Yadira Arroyo, a 14-year veteran of the New York Fire Department and a mother of five sons, was responding with another emergency medical technician to a routine call Thursday when they were flagged down by a pedestrian about a theft, authorities say. Arroyo got out of the vehicle and a man darted into the driver's seat and ran over her, officials say. Hundreds of uniformed firefighters fill the street a...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Mourners Pack Church, Streets for Funeral of FDNY Medic Struck by Ambulance
NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of mourners packed a Bronx church Saturday and filled the streets outside for the funeral of an emergency worker who was struck by her own ambulance and killed after the vehicle was stolen. Yadira Arroyo, a 14-year veteran of the New York Fire Department and a mother of five sons, was responding with another emergency medical technician to a routine call Thursday when they were flagged down by a pedestrian about a theft, authorities say. Arroyo got out of the vehicle and a man darted into the driver's seat and ran over her, officials say. Hundreds of uniformed firefighters fill the street a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Heavy winter rains are nothing to sneeze at
California experienced record rainfall this year  and may have even made headway against the state’s historic drought. Now that lush landscapes abound and spring is upon us, what does this mean forallergy sufferers?  The wet weather can be a harbinger of intense allergy-relatedsymptoms such as nasal drainage, sinus congestion, headaches and shortness of breath, according toDr. Maria Garcia-Lloret, an allergist withUCLA Health. It ’s not the rain that causes the symptoms, according to Garcia-Lloret, but the rain’s effect on trees, grass and weed pollen.For one thing, the increased plant growth fo...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 24, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Climate friendly asthma inhaler swap encouraged
Nurses and other clinicians should consider swapping asthma patients onto more environmentally friendly types of inhaler, where it is safe to do so, says a professional body. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Severe asthma report - the unmet need and the global challenge
Asthma UK has published Severe asthma: the unmet need and the global challenge. This publication examines the need to improve the prospects for people with severe asthma. The report sets out the challenges of treating this complex condition and the opportunity for the scientific community to come together to make new treatments available more quickly. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New understanding of chronic lung inflammatory diseases unfolding
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Researchers studying chronic inflammation that can lead to the development of lung diseases such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and cancer, are focusing on the role cytokines play in regulating the behavior of fibroblast cells and the extracellular matrix. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news