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IMMUNOTHERAPY IN ALLERGIC RHINITIS AND LOWER AIRWAY OUTCOMES

FCAAIA Notes: I have written about the upper-lower airway connection in this blog many times.  Most young people with asthma have allergies and 20-60% of those with allergies will develop asthma.  The two conditions can be thought of as the … Continue reading

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ASTHMA TREATMENT VARIES WIDELY BETWEEN PRIMARY, SPECIALIZED CARE

FCAAIA Notes: There have numerous studies over the last 25 years showing that specialists’ care of asthma results in better control and is less expensive over time (including hospitalizations and emergency visits) than that of non-specialists. This is one more … Continue reading

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INHALED CORTICOSTEROIDS SAFE, EFFECTIVE, BUT SYSTEMIC COMPLICATION CONCERNS REMAIN

FCAAIA Notes: Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are the treatment of choice for persistent asthma as defined in every guideline or practice parameter EVER published (the first was published nearly 25 years ago).  Over the years, numerous studies reported potential of side … Continue reading

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FDA APPROVES MEPOLIZUMAB (NUCALA) FOR SEVERE ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: Most asthma can be well controlled with reasonable amounts of the usual medications with which you are familiar…inhalers, nasal sprays, antihistamines, leukotriene modifiers, and/or allergy shots.  AI small percentage of patients has such brittle disease that all these … Continue reading

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APPROPRIATE USE OF PRESSURIZED METERED-DOSE INHALERS FOR ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: No medication can give its best benefit if not taken properly.  The same holds true for metered dose inhalers for asthma. If your inhaler does not help when you use it, maybe your technique is a little off. … Continue reading

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INCREASED SYSTEMIC CORTICOSTEROID EXPOSURE RAISES RISK FOR COMPLICATIONS AMONG THOSE WITH SEVERE ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: Daily use of oral steroids (e.g., prednisone) is reserved for only a very few of the most severe asthmatics. For those few, however the risks of their severe disease are still greater than regular systemic steroids. Daily inhaled … Continue reading

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INADEQUATE HEALTH INSURANCE LEADS TO DISCONTINUATION OF SCIT

FCAAIA Notes: There are only 2 proven and natural cures for airway allergy: Avoidance of the allergens and allergy shots. As effective as injections are, we recognize they are an inconvenience.  Studies from many years ago show that in the … Continue reading

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PERCENTAGE OF PARTICIPANTS HAVE ASTHMA EXACERBATIONS UP TO 2 YEARS AFTER DECREASING CONTROLLER MEDICATIONS

FCAAIA Notes: The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program published its first set of guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma nearly 25 years ago. There have been several revisions since. However, all iterations of the Guidelines identify patients … Continue reading

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USE OF SOY SUPPLEMENT DOES NOT IMPROVE LUNG FUNCTION IN PATIENTS WITH POORLY CONTROLLED ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: Isoflavones are known antioxidants and have become popular dietary supplements. I am aware of no data showing that isoflavones have any proven health benefits. My reason for posting this article is not to “diss” isoflavones. Rather, I posted … Continue reading

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INHALER BAN BOOSTS COSTS FOR PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: No one denies that medical care is expensive. Health insurance is expensive and every year rate increases far exceed the CPI. Insurers cover some medications better than others and regularly change their “preferred” formularies, making care of chronic … Continue reading

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