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03-12-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Cardiac monitoring foretells clinical deterioration in PAH

Monitoring right ventricular parameters can give advance warning of clinical deterioration in stable patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, research suggests.

24-11-2014 | Respiratory | Article

Stable asthma prevalence masks increase in allergic phenotype

The prevalence of childhood asthma in Sweden appears to have stabilised, with no increase seen between 1996 and 2006, researchers report.

24-11-2014 | Respiratory | Article

Low asthma medication adherence predictors identified in adolescents

Inhaled corticosteroid adherence among adolescents with asthma is low and is associated with a lack of knowledge about treatment and patients’ perceptions about their medicines, show findings of a study published in the Journal of Asthma.

29-10-2014 | Respiratory | Article

Spirometry fails to improve quality of life in asthmatic children

The results of two cluster randomised controlled trials in young asthma patients reveal that regular spirometry and medical review do not significantly affect asthma-related quality of life, report Australian researchers.

29-10-2014 | Respiratory | Article

Asthma risk factors and control markers vary in childhood

Risk factors for asthma subtypes and markers of asthma control vary with age up to preadolescence, a study of a Swedish birth cohort has revealed.

29-10-2014 | Respiratory | Article

Severe childhood asthma linked to COPD in adult life

Children with severe asthma are at an increased risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adult life, show findings of an Australian study.

02-09-2014 | Respiratory | Article

Distinct features of COPD–asthma overlap syndrome identified

US researchers have shown that patients with both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma have more exacerbations, less emphysema and more airway disease than patients with COPD alone.

02-09-2014 | Respiratory | Article

Asthma medication adherence strategies identified

Keeping asthma medication in the bathroom and incorporating its use into daily routines are strategies associated with good medication adherence in older adults with asthma, US research shows.

02-09-2014 | Respiratory | Article

Short-term antiinflammatory treatment may reduce airway hyperresponsiveness

Short-term treatment with budesonide and montelukast may decrease airway hyperresponsiveness to exercise and mannitol challenge in children and adolescents with exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, Swiss study data show.

12-08-2014 | Respiratory | Article

Fluticasone furoate effective in moderate-to-severe asthma

Once daily fluticasone furoate, used at a dose of 100 µg or 200 µg, provides substantial improvements in lung function and asthma control for patients with uncontrolled moderate-to-severe asthma, phase III trial results show.

12-08-2014 | Respiratory | Article

Physiological variables best predict adult asthma phenotypes

Physiological variables are more consistent predictors of adult asthma phenotypes than inflammatory biomarkers, an international team of researchers suggests.

20-07-2014 | Respiratory | Article

Site of eosinophilic inflammation important in asthma control

The site of eosinophilic inflammation, whether local, systemic or both, has a significant effect on lung function, bronchial hyperresponsiveness and asthma control, study findings show.

20-07-2014 | Respiratory | Article

Surrogate marker identified for airway obstruction and asthma control

Researchers have identified a potential biomarker for airway obstruction in patients with asthma that not only reflects airflow limitation but also asthma control.

20-07-2014 | Respiratory | Article

Exercise-induced wheezing risk increases with asthma severity

Exercise-induced wheezing is associated with the severity of asthma, according to the findings of a large, cross-sectional survey conducted in Japanese children.

30-12-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Personalized asthma strategies needed to tackle comorbidities

Results from a German national health survey indicate that asthma patients with multiple comorbidities are at increased risk for unplanned hospital admissions.

26-12-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Perinatal probiotic supplements do not prevent childhood asthma

There is insufficient evidence to support the use of probiotic supplements during pregnancy or infancy to prevent the development of asthma in infants, Canadian researchers report.

22-12-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Older age linked to poor inhaler technique

Poor metered dose inhaler technique is common among older patients with asthma and is associated with reduced controller medication adherence, prospective study findings show.

18-12-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Childhood asthma secondhand smoke education vital

A US study has found that smokers caring for children with asthma often underestimate levels of secondhand smoke exposure.

15-12-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Fat mass not linked to lung function in children with asthma

A study suggests that the relationship between body mass and lung function in children with asthma is more nuanced than previously thought.

10-12-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Early antibiotic use linked to asthma, not atopy

Research from the UK has found a “robust and dose-dependent” association between antibiotic use in the first 2 years of life and subsequent asthma at the age of 7 and a half years.