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VITAMIN D EASES ASTHMA, COCHRANE REVIEW FINDS

FCAAIA Notes: Studies of new theories or treatments often yield conflicting results.  But, evidence-based medicine is like a civil court not a criminal court.  That is, recommendations and treatments are based on the preponderance of the evidence, not necessarily on … Continue reading

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SERIOUS ASTHMA EVENTS WITH BUDESONIDE PLUS FORMOTEROL VS. BUDESONIDE ALONE and ARE LONG-ACTING BETA-AGONISTS SAFE TO ADD TO TREATMENT REGIMENS FOR ASTHMA IN CHILDREN?

FCAAIA Notes: A little bad press can go a long way and can be hard to overcome even with a lot of good press. The long-acting beta agonists (long-acting cousins of albuterol, LABAs) are available with low dose inhaled in … 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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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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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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PERSISTENT CHILDHOOD ASTHMA LINKED TO EARLY COPD

FCAAIA Notes: We have known for many years that some patients with asthma (a “reversible” air way disease) develop air flow obstruction that is, at least in part, irreversible. Initially, the thought was that chronic low-grade air way inflammation was … Continue reading

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THE EFFECTS OF ROAD TRAFFIC POLLUTION ON CHILDREN LIFETIME EXPOSURE TO AMBIENT POLLUTION AND LUNG FUNCTION IN CHILDREN

FCAAIA Notes: I don’t really have to write any commentary here.  The fact is that air pollution (outdoor and indoor) adversely affects every aspect of respiratory health and has no redeeming qualities. So what’s my advice?  Think globally and act … Continue reading

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KIDS WITH MORE DAILY STRESS HAVE MORE NIGHTLY ASTHMA AWAKENINGS

FCAAIA Notes: Well, this study gives us something to think about, doesn’t it? Of course, we don’t know if more stress led to more severe asthma or if poorly controlled asthma leads to more stress. Or, maybe it works both … 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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RECIPE FOR KIDS’ ASTHMA FLARES: SCHOOL PLUS COLD VIRUSES

FCAAIA Notes: No matter where one lives in the country, there is a spike in viral respiratory infections about one month after school starts. Furthermore, when school starts, children spend more time inside with great exposure to indoor allergens and … Continue reading

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