Tag Archives: Allergy/asthma prevention

WHAT PATIENTS REALLY THINK ABOUT ASTHMA GUIDELINES

FCAAIA Notes:  The first national guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of asthma were published in 1993, with updates and revisions more recently.  Guidelines are just that-they are not rules or laws.  But, they are evidence based recommendations to help … Continue reading

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PREDICTIVE FACTORS FOR MODERATE OR SEVERE EXACERBATIONS IN ASTHMA PATIENTS RECEIVING OUTPATIENT CARE

FCAAIA Notes: This study tells us that the best predictor of having a moderate or severe asthma exacerbation is a history of a previous such flare.  Incorrect inhaler technique was also predictive. Of course, correct inhaler technique is a subset … Continue reading

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IS RESPONSE TO ALLERGY IMMUNOTHERAPY PREDICTABLE?

FCAAIA Notes: Allergen immunotherapy (IT) is the only disease-modifying treatment and thus the only potential cure for allergies. People respond at different rates to different extents, but it is a highly effective treatment. For IT to be helpful, you need … Continue reading

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IS THERE A ROLE FOR WEIGHT LOSS IN OBESE PATIENTS WITH ASTHMA?

FCAAIA Notes: Weight loss and good physical conditioning are so important in virtually every aspect of health that we should not just concentrate on asthma. It is pretty clear that obesity contributes to diminished respiratory status with more shortness of … Continue reading

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STRATEGIES TO ALTER THE NATURAL HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: I guess one of the best ways to avoid having asthma is to choose the right parents, as asthma and other allergic disease are more common in children whose parents have allergies. Of course, as shown in this … Continue reading

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EFFECTIVENESS OF AIR PURIFIER ON HEALTH OUTCOMES AND INDOOR PARTICLES IN HOMES OF CHILDREN WITH ALLERGIC DISEASES IN FRESNO, CALIFORNIA: A PILOT STUDY

FCAAIA Notes: Air pollution is not just an outdoor problem. In fact, many patients neglect the effect that air pollution can have inside their homes. Air purifiers are useful for some people with asthma or allergies, but not others.  This … Continue reading

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EARLY INTRODUCTION OF EGG, PEANUT LOWERS RISK FOR ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: The EAT (Enquiring About Tolerance) study  was published early this year by the same researchers in London who published the LEAP and LEAP-On studies.  This meta-analysis confirms the findings of EAT giving us assurance that its findings are … Continue reading

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ACETAMINOPHEN VS. IBUPROFEN: WHICH IS SAFER FOR CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA?

FCAAIA Notes: A few years ago, there was some discussion in the literature (that has since faded away) as to whether early use of acetaminophen (Tylenol and other brands) was a risk factor for developing asthma. More than 3 years … Continue reading

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VITAMIN D MECHANISM IN CORTICOSTEROID-RESISTANT ASTHMA DISCOVERED

FCAAIA Notes: Vitamin D is a hot topic in medicine, not just in allergy and immunology.  Like many hot topics that have come and gone over the years, it is not a panacea and we still have a lot to … Continue reading

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PRENATAL FISH OIL DOES NOT REDUCE IGE-ASSOCIATED ALLERGIES IN CHILDREN

FCAAIA Notes: About 4 years ago, I posted an abstract indicating that giving infant’s fish oil did not decrease their incidence of allergic disease (“Fish Oil Does Not Prevent Early Allergies in Infants). In this study, the children of women … Continue reading

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