Poor outcome of #SARS-CoV-2 infection in patients with severe #asthma on biologic therapy

It is unclear whether asthma and asthma medications increase or decrease the risk of severe COVID-19, and this is particularly true for patients with severe asthma receiving biologics. Objectives The aim of this study was to assess incidence and disease course of COVID-19 in patients with severe asthma on biologic therapy (omalizumab, mepolizumab, reslizumab, benralizumab, dupilumab), as compared with COVID-19 data from the general Dutch … Continue reading Poor outcome of #SARS-CoV-2 infection in patients with severe #asthma on biologic therapy

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Managing #Asthma in Adolescents and Adults 2020 Asthma Guideline Update From the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program

Asthma is a major public health problem worldwide and is associated with excess morbidity, mortality, and economic costs associated with lost productivity. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program has released the 2020 Asthma Guideline Update with updated evidence-based recommendations for treatment of patients with asthma.. ..From 20 572 identified references, 475 were included in the 6 systematic reviews to form the evidence basis for these … Continue reading Managing #Asthma in Adolescents and Adults 2020 Asthma Guideline Update From the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program

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Multimorbidity in #asthma, association with allergy, inflammatory markers and symptom burden, results from the Swedish GA2LEN study

..Subjects with asthma, rhinitis and eczema were more likely to be sensitised to seasonal allergens (67 vs 32%, p<0.001), food allergens (54 vs. 18%, p<0.001) and to have a higher degree of sensitisation than subjects with only asthma (23 vs 10%, p<0.001). Subjects with allergic multimorbidity more often had allergic reactions to food (28 vs 10%, p=0.002), more respiratory symptoms and anxiety/depression (40% vs, 14%, … Continue reading Multimorbidity in #asthma, association with allergy, inflammatory markers and symptom burden, results from the Swedish GA2LEN study

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#Emergency Visits for #Thunderstorm-Related Respiratory Illnesses Among Older Adults

Thunderstorm-related atmospheric changes are expected to increase in severity with rising global temperatures. Although large-scale evidence is limited, vulnerable populations, such as older adults or those with common chronic respiratory diseases, like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are expected to be susceptible to negative health effects from these changes.The objective of this study was to determine whether increases in emergency department (ED) visits … Continue reading #Emergency Visits for #Thunderstorm-Related Respiratory Illnesses Among Older Adults

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American Academy of Pediatrics – Section on Pediatric #Pulmonology and #Sleep Medicine

1. Avoid stepping up asthma therapy (adding new drugs or going to higher doses) before assessing adherence, appropriateness of device, and technique with current asthma medications. 2. Do not use LABA/steroid combination drugs as initial therapy for intermittent or mild persistent asthma. 3. Avoid administering nebulized medications by “blow by,” or placing the mask or nebulizer tubing near the child’s nose and mouth rather than … Continue reading American Academy of Pediatrics – Section on Pediatric #Pulmonology and #Sleep Medicine

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Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy Identifies the β-Adrenoceptor Agonist Salbutamol As a Direct Inhibitor of Tau Filament Formation in Vitro

Potential drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may be found by identifying compounds that block the assembly of the microtubule-associated protein tau into neurofibrillar tangles associated with neuron destabilization and cell death. Here, a small library of structurally diverse compounds was screened in vitro for the ability to inhibit tau aggregation, using high-throughput synchrotron radiation circular dichroism as a novel tool to monitor the structural … Continue reading Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy Identifies the β-Adrenoceptor Agonist Salbutamol As a Direct Inhibitor of Tau Filament Formation in Vitro

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Associations of #sleep duration with patient-reported outcomes and healthcare use in U.S. adults with #asthma

..Asthma was identified by self-report. Habitual hours of sleep duration were categorized as short (≤5), normal (6-8), and long (≥9). Multivariate regression analyses were used to examine the associations between sleep duration and patient-reported outcomes and healthcare use. Results Of the 1389 adults with asthma, 26% reported short sleep duration, 66% reported normal sleep duration, and 8% reported long sleep duration. Those with short sleep … Continue reading Associations of #sleep duration with patient-reported outcomes and healthcare use in U.S. adults with #asthma

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Sputum #microbiome profiles identify severe #asthma phenotypes of relative stability at 12-18 months

..Data were available for 100 severe asthma subjects (median age: 55 yrs, 42% males). Two microbiome-driven clusters were identified, characterized by differences in asthma onset, smoking status, residential locations, percentage of blood and/or sputum neutrophils and macrophages, lung spirometry, and concurrent asthma medications (all p-values <.05). Cluster 2 patients displayed a commensal-deficient bacterial profile which was associated with worse asthma outcomes compared to cluster 1. … Continue reading Sputum #microbiome profiles identify severe #asthma phenotypes of relative stability at 12-18 months

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Persistent #Asthma is Associated with Increased Risk for Incident Atrial #Fibrillation in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)

Asthma and atrial fibrillation (AF) share an underlying inflammatory pathophysiology. We hypothesized that persistent asthmatics are at higher risk for developing AF and that this association would be attenuated by adjustment for baseline markers of systemic inflammation. ..Persistent asthma was defined as asthma requiring use of controller medications. Intermittent asthma was defined as asthma without use of controller medications.. ..In risk-factor adjusted models, persistent asthmatics … Continue reading Persistent #Asthma is Associated with Increased Risk for Incident Atrial #Fibrillation in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)

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Sex Steroid #Hormones and #Asthma in a Nationwide Study of U.S. Adults

Women have a higher burden of asthma than men. Although sex hormones may explain sex differences in asthma, their role is unclear.. ..Free testosterone levels in the fourth quartile were associated with lower odds of current asthma in women (odds ratio [OR] for the fourth quartile [Q4] vs. Q1, 0.56; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.39–0.80). Given an interaction between obesity and sex hormones on current … Continue reading Sex Steroid #Hormones and #Asthma in a Nationwide Study of U.S. Adults

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Fatty #Airways: Implications for #Obstructive Disease

Epidemiological studies report that overweight or obese asthmatic subjects have more severe disease than those of a healthy weight. We postulated accumulation of adipose tissue within the airway wall may occur in overweight patients and contribute to airway pathology ..BMI ranged from 15 to 45 (kg·m−2) and was greater in NFA (p<0.05). Adipose tissue was identified in the outer wall of large airways (Pbm>6 mm), but … Continue reading Fatty #Airways: Implications for #Obstructive Disease

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Association of Occupational Exposure to #Disinfectants With Incidence of Chronic Obstructive #Pulmonary Disease Among US Female Nurses

Exposure to disinfectants in health care workers has been associated with respiratory health outcomes, including asthma. Weekly use of disinfectants to clean surfaces only (16 786 [22.9%] of participants exposed) and to clean medical instruments (13 899 [19.0%] exposed) was associated with COPD incidence, with adjusted hazard ratios of 1.38 (95% CI, 1.13-1.68) for cleaning surfaces only and 1.31 (95% CI, 1.07-1.61) for cleaning medical … Continue reading Association of Occupational Exposure to #Disinfectants With Incidence of Chronic Obstructive #Pulmonary Disease Among US Female Nurses

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