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Steroid Shots Seem Less Effective in Severe Knee OA
(MedPage Today) -- Presence of synovitis may not predict steroid therapy success (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - May 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Don't Repeal Me, Please!
I am luckier than most. After 20 years of having multiple sclerosis I am still relatively healthy. I have a spot on my foot which is mildly numb most of the time and markedly numb when I have an exacerbation. This is damage I got from not treating an exacerbation with steroid therapy. Sometimes when I am dancing I can feel weakness in my legs, but I still dance. I will always dance. Heat and I have a love/hate relationship. I love a sauna in January. That first sweat is such a cleansing feeling. But a prolonged heat wave in summer will sap me like an iPhone battery. I have extreme vertigo whenever I ride a canoe, an amusem...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effect of Inhaled Corticosteroids in Steroid-Naive COPD Effect of Inhaled Corticosteroids in Steroid-Naive COPD
Explore the impact of inhaled corticosteroids on blood eosinophil levels among COPD patients who have not previously received steroid therapy.BMJ Open Respiratory Research (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - November 17, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Radiotherapy 'provides no benefit for secondary brain tumours'
Conclusion This valuable trial questions the use of whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) for people with non-small cell lung cancer that has spread to the brain. It shows the poor outlook in these people, with average survival time only being about nine weeks regardless of treatment. Providing WBRT alongside standard care adds only about four to five days to life when adjusted for quality of life. But the possible side effects of radiotherapy, which include drowsiness, hair loss and nausea, can seem unnecessarily harsh when life expectancy is already short. The trial had many strengths, however: It had a good sample size....
Source: NHS News Feed - September 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Medical practice Source Type: news

Intranasal Steroids Underused for Chronic Rhinosinusitis Intranasal Steroids Underused for Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Topical intranasal steroid therapy is underused in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis despite consistent recommendations supporting it, researchers from Canada report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - September 2, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Allergy & Clinical Immunology News Source Type: news

Recommended daily treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis underused
Topical intranasal steroid therapy continues to be underused for patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) despite practice guidelines that recommend daily use, according to a study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 25, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Fewer Inhaled Steroids May Be OK for Asthmatic Children
FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 -- Inhaled steroid therapy is commonly used to treat asthmatic children with persistent, daily wheezing episodes. However, a new study suggests that the powerful medicines may not be needed on a daily basis for kids whose... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 27, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Hear me roar: A mother hunts down answers for her son
If it’s true that raising boys is not for the fainthearted, then Nicole Laws is truly lionhearted. A nurturer and a protector, beautiful and strong, this mother of four boys will hunt down the best solution to a problem … no matter what stands in her way. Mason was born on Jan. 28, 2011, in Syracuse, New York. A month premature, he struggled with eating and breathing, but Nicole wasn’t overly worried. “This was our fourth child. The first three had reflux, so I was thinking, ‘This will be a piece of cake!’” Mason was observed for a few days at the local hospital and sent home. Unf...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 10, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Center for Airway Disorders Dr. John Lee Dr. Rachel Rosen Dr. Reza Rahbar Dr. Umakanth Khatwa laryngeal cleft Source Type: news

New study highlights diabetes link to glucocorticoid treatments for arthritis
A new UK study has provided insights into the potential risk of diabetes that exists for arthritis patients who are being treated with glucocorticoid therapy.This type of steroid therapy is a well-established therapeutic option that is prescribed to around half of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. However, it is a known risk factor for developing diabetes.The new research, led by the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology at the University of Manchester, looked at the records of more than 20,000 patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the UK, and provided fresh evidence about how this association works.A greater ris...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 4, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

What Genetics are Associated with Multiple Sclerosis?
Discussion Multiple sclerosis (MS) is “a chronic degenerative, often episodic disease of the central nervous system marked by patchy destruction of the myelin that surrounds and insulates nerve fibers, usually appearing in young adulthood and manifested by one or more mild to severe neural and muscular impairments, as spastic weakness in one or more limbs, local sensory losses, bladder dysfunction, or visual disturbances.” It is a chronic disease and therefore symptoms must occur more than once. The first episode is called an acute demyelinating attack. Fifteen to forty-five percent of children with their first...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 4, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Synovial Tissue Volume May Be Tx Target in Knee OA (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Synovitis shrunk following steroid therapy and its uctuation was tied with severity of knee pain. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - July 13, 2015 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Smoking Tied to Impaired Response to Graves' Ophthalmopathy TreatmentSmoking Tied to Impaired Response to Graves' Ophthalmopathy Treatment
Current and former smokers with Graves' ophthalmopathy (GO) have a worse response to intravenous steroid therapy than do patients who never smoked, according to new findings. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines - July 6, 2015 Category: Opthalmology Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

and Pulmonary Infection in a Patient on Long-Term Steroid Treatment: Case Report and Literature Review
This article describes a very rare case of Aspergillus and Nocardia co-infection in a patient on long-term steroid therapy and reviews the clinical and epidemiologic characteristics associated with both opportunistic pathogens. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - February 17, 2015 Category: Microbiology Authors: Guldeep Uppal, Raghava Potula, Allan L. Truant Source Type: news

How Does Pediatric Psoriasis Present?
Discussion Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease that is chronic and relapsing with periods of remission. It occurs in genetically susceptible persons and is felt to be triggered by environmental factors including infection (especially Group A, β-hemolytic streptococcus), emotional and physical stress, and skin irritation including friction, rubbing, pressure and scratching. It is common in patients with certain HLA types including HLA-Cw*0602, HLA-Cw6, IL-15 plus others. It occurs in about 1% of the general population with two age-onset peaks: 16-22 years and ~60 years, but can occur at any age. Some studies show...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 14, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Group Advises on High-Dose Steroid Therapy (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- A new set of recommendations from the European League Against Rheumatism has gathered the best available evidence on the safe use of medium- to high-dose glucocorticoids in rheumatic diseases, but major gaps in knowledge remain. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - November 6, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Expert Q&A: Childhood Vaccine Safety
WebMD Health News By Kathleen Doheny Reviewed by Jennifer Shu, MD For parents, childhood vaccines are a source of reassurance — protecting your child against disease naturally helps you sleep better at night — but also anxiety about side effects and reactions. With misinformation about vaccines and health problems, it can be difficult for a parent to sort it all out. For help, WebMD turned to the CDC’s Frank DeStefano, MD, MPH, director of its immunization safety office. Are there dangerous side effects or reactions to childhood vaccines? Fortunately, dangerous side effects or reactions to vaccines are fe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mreal197 Tags: WebMD News Source Type: news

RA: Only 1 in 5 Patients Take Oral Meds as PrescribedRA: Only 1 in 5 Patients Take Oral Meds as Prescribed
Only 20% of patients with RA took at least 80% of prescribed doses; overall adherence to oral DMARDs and steroid therapy ranged from 58% to 71%. Nonadherent patients had significantly worse outcomes. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Shorter Duration Steroid Therapy May Offer Similar Effectiveness In Reducing COPD Exacerbations
Among patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) requiring hospital admission, a 5-day glucocorticoid treatment course was non-inferior (not worse than) to a 14-day course with regard to re-exacerbation during 6 months of follow-up, according to a study published online by JAMA. The study is being released early online to coincide with its presentation at the American Thoracic Society international conference... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: COPD Source Type: news

Steroid therapy impedes Duchenne’s cardiomyopathy
Steroid therapy is associated with a considerable reduction in all-cause mortality and new-onset and progressive cardiomyopathy in patients with the debilitating X-linked disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - February 11, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Antibiotics enhance COPD treatment
Patients hospitalized with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may benefit from the addition of antibiotics to systemic steroid therapy, research suggests. (Source: MedWire News - Respiratory)
Source: MedWire News - Respiratory - January 18, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news