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Don’t Let Back To School Mean Back To Allergy And Asthma Symptoms

For kids with allergies and asthma, summer break from school can also mean a break from their symptoms. When school starts up again in the fall, classrooms are often filled with allergic triggers kids don’t face at home, causing parents to see a return of allergy and asthma symptoms they haven’t seen since school let out for the summer.

“In the fall, allergists see an increase in kids’ visits for allergies and asthma because of a combination of factors,” says allergist Todd Mahr, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “And hospitals see what’s known as the ‘September Spike’ because kids who have been off asthma controller medications for the summer start experiencing flare-ups in the fall. When kids return to school they’re exposed to different allergens – in the classroom, out on the playing fields and in the school cafeteria – many that they probably

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Finger-Prick Blood Test Could Safely Reduce Antibiotic Use In Patients With COPD

A simple finger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics for people with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study by researchers from Cardiff University, University of Oxford and King's College London.

With funding from the National Institute for Health Research, the team demonstrated that using a CRP finger-prick blood test resulted in 20% fewer people using antibiotics for COPD flare-ups.

Importantly, this reduction in antibiotic use did not have a negative effect on patients' recovery over the first two weeks after their consultation at their GP surgery, or on their well-being or use of health care services over the following six months.

Safely reducing the use of antibiotics in this way may help in the battle against antibiotic resistance.

More than a million people in the UK have COPD, which is a

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: New Analysis Shows Drug Slows Down Respiratory Decline

Duchenne muscular dystrophy occurs in boys and is characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness leading to a decline in respiratory function. Strategies to arrest this severe progressive deterioration are needed to extend lives and improve quality of life. Results of three clinical trials using eteplirsen, an exon-skipping antisense oligonucleotide, show promising results, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases.

Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic disorders that results in increasing weakening and breakdown of skeletal muscles. Near absence of dystrophin, a critical protein, results in inflammation, necrosis, and eventual replacement of functional muscle tissue with fibrosis and fat. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a severe type of muscular dystrophy in boys that has a predictable disease course. Muscle weakness usually begins a

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New CT Scan Analysis Predicts Respiratory Illness And Death In COPD

CT scans of the lungs of smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — when analyzed by a mathematical function called airway fractal dimension — can estimate increased risk of death for a group of people who are not otherwise identified as high-risk by conventional tests.

That is a major finding of clinical importance in a Journal of Clinical Investigation study led by senior author Surya Bhatt, M.D., and first author Sandeep Bodduluri, Ph.D. “We showed that a significant number of smokers without airflow obstruction — who would be considered to have mild or no disease by traditional classification schema — can be identified to have high mortality risk based on grouping using fractal dimensions and peribronchial emphysema,” Bhatt said.

Bhatt is associate professor and Bodduluri an instructor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine in the University of A

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