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Popular Asthma Inhaler Wins FDA Approval

Asthma is a common long-term inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs. It is characterizing by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm. Therefore symptoms include episodes of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness; and shortness of breath. These may occur a few times a day or a few times per week. Depending on the person; they may become worse at night or with exercise. Asthma is…

Airways

Explain The Developmental Process Behind COPD

Airways and Lungs The airways and lungs are affected by a range of diseases, but while some have been well characterized and treated, others such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) are still somewhat of an enigma. This condition is known to involve a variety of progressively deteriorating symptoms such as inflammation of the lungs…

Asthma exacerbation

Antibiotic Use Among Patients Hospitalized For Asthma

Antibiotic use among patients hospitalized for asthma exacerbations may lead to longer hospital stays and increased cost, with no reduction in the risk for treatment failure; These findings are novel, reflect the experience of unselected patients cared for in routine settings; and lend strong support to current guidelines that recommend against the use of antibiotics in the…

Asthma medication

Asthma Controller Step Down Yardstick

When asthma symptoms improve, there’s a reason for celebration by both allergist and patient. But once symptoms are better, how do health care practitioners go about stepping down asthma medication to make sure a patient’s needs are still met. “There is a gap in information when it comes to guiding allergists and other health practitioners…

Digital Intervention: Asthma Control And Medication Adherence

Although inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are well-established as the cornerstone of asthma treatment patient adherence has been consistently shown to be suboptimal. In a 2015 systematic review published in  Respiratory Care, the mean level of ICS adherence ranged from 22% to 63% across the studies included, and poor adherence led to 24% and 60% of exacerbations and asthma-related hospitalizations, respectively.

Free screening for lung cancer can save money while building healthy relationship with patients

A free, simple screening for lung cancer can save patient money while building a healthy relationship for any medical needs they may have in the future. The research, published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, shows the partnership can be beneficial for patients looking for cardiology specialists, family medical care and other health-related issues, as well as for medical facilities that offer the free screening.

Precancerous Lung Lesions Could Lead To New Treatments

The world's first genetic sequencing of precancerous lung lesions could pave the way for very early detection and new treatments report a new study led by UCL researchers. Before lung cancer develops, precancerous lesions are found in the airway, but only half of these will actually become lung cancer, while others will disappear or remain benign without becoming harmful. Under the microscope, the lesions look the same, making it difficult to know which lesions to treat.

Airway Repair In Lungs Damaged By Bacterial Infections

Cancer drugs are able to halt life-threatening bacterial lung infections in mouse models by promoting lung repair, researchers at Duke Health have found. Reporting in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research team said that if the findings are confirmed in human studies, the drugs could point to a new weapon against bacterial pneumonia, which afflicts 50,000.