Allergies & Asthma
The 24-hour news cycle is just as important to medicine as it is to politics, finance, or sports. At MedPage Today, new information is posted daily, but keeping up can be a challenge. As an aid for our readers and for a little amusement, here is a 10-question quiz based on the news of the
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Today is the anniversary of my Granny’s death and my Uncle’s. I have many stories about my Granny which make me laugh and make me cry but today I wanted to share a few of those here. Granny during her birthday celebration when we made her try beer that my Dad was involved in. It
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Barbecue can return to the menu for individuals with “alpha-gal” syndrome — severe allergic reactions to the alpha-galactose saccharide found in red meat — with FDA approval Monday of pigs engineered to lack an enzyme considered key to the condition. Developed by a company called Revivicor, the “GalSafe” pigs might also have therapeutic potential as
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No one likes pain and I mean physical pain. We do what we can to limit ourselves from getting pain or alleviate the pain we feel. A pain word cloud with some of the terms I would use to describe my life with chronic pain (taken from google) I have lived with chronic pain related
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It’s no secret that there’s a lot of wasteful spending in healthcare, and patients have become increasingly frustrated by this as their insurance premiums have skyrocketed. Yet unnecessary procedures are still performed every day in the U.S. — and sometimes patients are harmed as a result. MedPage Today‘s Enterprise & Investigative Reporting team needs your
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New therapies and devices for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were approved in 2020 and researchers continued to explore expanding the definition of disease beyond spirometry. But 2020 was dominated by the struggles managing the care of highly vulnerable COPD patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID Paradox The delivery of routine components of COPD care,
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The coronavirus pandemic has been a particularly scary time for children with asthma and their parents, but there is growing evidence that as a group kids with asthma are not only doing OK during COVID-19, but may actually be doing better. A study in Annals of the American Thoracic Society documented a steep drop in
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“While doctors have long believed that dementia presents in the checkbook, our study helps show that these financial symptoms are common and span years before and after diagnosis.” — Lauren Hersch Nicholas, PhD, MPP, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, on research showing difficulties with finances were evident long before dementia diagnosis. “Hospitals, they want
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New guidelines from the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) — the agency’s first update since 2007 — take account of new management options including single maintenance and reliever therapy (SMART) and long-acting muscarinic antagonists (LAMAs). As has long been standard practice, the foundation for
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Note that some links may require registration or subscription. Pfizer and BioNTech announced emergency authorization from the United Kingdom for their COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows invited FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, to come explain why his agency hasn’t yet granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s
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I am really proud to have become a Cochrane Consumer Champion. Without sounding cliche I never imagined “my journey” in patient and public involvement (PPI) with the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research would take me to where I am now. What started as reviewing a few patient information sheets has led to being a
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2020 has been a really challenging year for everyone. After the initial worry of COVID-19 was over I then started to think about what I would do while we waited for the pandemic to be over. The government advised those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to shield and protect ourselves from the virus. Shielding meant
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Perspectives of being a younger person in the Intensive Care Unit. Over the years I written about my experiences in ICU in a very factual manner but I have never really spoken about the true impact it has had on me and even now I don’t really tell people all the details of some things.
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Are we ever happy with how we look? As a species it seems we are always looking for ways to improve our bodies wether it is our weight, physique, hair you name it there is probably a method out there to help you try and achieve what you are looking for. Even if you think
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Treatment with the investigational anti-IgE biologic ligelizumab was generally effective in patients with H1 antihistamine-unresponsive chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) who did not achieve complete symptom control with omalizumab (Xolair), an exploratory analysis of a phase IIb extension study showed. In a subset of omalizumab-treated patients with a score greater than 0 on the 7-day urticaria
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Owning a dog while pregnant appeared to shape children’s immune systems well into adolescence, a researcher reported. In a cohort of 1,193 mother-child pairs in southeast Michigan, the area under the curve for immunoglobulin E levels over ages 10-14 (“IgE trajectory”) was 28.8% lower in children with prenatal pet exposure vs children whose mothers kept
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Omalizumab (Xolair) maintained efficacy for chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps, a researcher reported. In an open-label extension study of two, 24-week clinical trials, omalizumab was associated with significant improvements in nasal polyp scores (mean change -0.97, 95% CI -1.25 to -0.69), nasal congestion scores (mean change -0.99, 95% CI -1.14 to -0.83), and Sino-Nasal Outcome
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