Tag Archives: co-morbidities

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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OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA ACCELERATES FEV1 DECLINE IN ASTHMATIC PATIENTS

FCAAIA Notes: As I’ve written before, “The nose bone’s connected to the lung bone.”  Asthma is part of “allergic airway disease” and control of the lower airway (lungs) always requires that we consider the upper air way (nose) as well. … Continue reading

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MILK ALLERGY TIED TO LOWER BONE DENSITY IN CHILDREN

FCAAIA Notes: Children drink less milk than they did a generation or so ago.  Even children without milk allergy have a very high rate of vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency as was the case in this study. However, the cow’s … Continue reading

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IN RECURRENT UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS, DON’T ORDER THAT IMMUNE TEST JUST YET

FCAAIA Notes: Patients with immune deficiency disease do get any more viral upper respiratory tract infections than anyone else.  What they do get, is more frequent complications of those infections (ear and sinus infections and pneumonia). Most patients with recurrent … Continue reading

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IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR ALLERGIES HALTS INFECTION

FCAAIA Notes: Another benefit of allergy shots! Bacterial infections of the upper airway (including sinus infections and ear infections) are a common co-morbidity, or complication of nasal allergies. In addition, people with poorly controlled allergies get more frequent, prolonged, and … Continue reading

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FAST FOODS TIED TO ALLERGIES, ECZEMA IN KIDS

FCAAIA Notes: The “big three” atopic (or allergic) diseases are eczema (atopic dermatitis), asthma, and allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies).  This study shows that children who eat at fast food restaurants at least 3 times per week are more likely to … Continue reading

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ASTHMA PATIENTS FEEL GLOOMY, STAY SEDENTARY

FCAAIA Notes: The relationship between poor asthma control and psychological morbidity probably works both ways. People with poorly controlled asthma are more likely to have symptoms of depression (NOT the same as clinical depression). Conversely, those with symptoms of depression … Continue reading

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ASTHMA-RELATED COMORBIDITIES

FCAAIA Notes: There are many and varied conditions related to asthma. For some, there is a “chicken and egg” question. That is, which came first? In many cases it does not matter because each exacerbates the other and both require … Continue reading

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