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Improvement of Asthma in Asthma Children: £2 Million Received for The Study

Researchers from the Queen Mary University of London have been awarded £2 million to study how to improve asthma in African children. The investment from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is part of its Global Health Research Program and will fund the three-year project 'Achieving Control of Asthma in Children In Africa' (ACACIA) taking place in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Pediatric asthma: Strategies to Reduce Kids Readmission at Hospitals

Pediatric asthma takes a heavy toll on patients and families alike. Affecting more than 7 million children in the U.S., it's the most common nonsurgical diagnosis for pediatric hospital admission, with costs of more than $570 million annually.

Understanding how to care for these young patients has significantly improved in the last several decades, leading the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to issue evidence-based guidelines on pediatric asthma in 1990. Despite knowing more about this respiratory ailment, overall morbidity–measured by attack rates, pediatric emergency department visits or hospitalizations–has not decreased over the last decade.

Asthma Outcomes Varied Despite Overall Improvements in Care

Asthma outcomes still vary widely across England and appear to be influenced by region and affluence despite falling rates of asthma deaths, emergency hospital admissions and prevalence, suggests a study published in the journal Thorax. However, it appears that amongst younger people, asthma deaths rates are falling in the poorest parts of the population compared with the wealthiest.

Healthcare Access: Low-Income HIV Patients Suffer

Quebecers are not created equal when it comes to accessing anti-retroviral treatment (ART) for HIV and AIDS, a long-term study undertaken by a team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal has revealed.

Researchers observed that HIV-infected persons who count on social assistance and other income security programs in Quebec do not have early access to ART due to their presumed lower socio-economic status.

Lonliness Leads To Poor Health Among Seniors

The current study does not support the view that, independently of health status, older patients with lower levels of social support place greater demands on ambulatory care. Future research on social relationships would benefit from a consensus on clinically relevant concepts to measure.