Allergies & Asthma

Assessment of patient blood eosinophil count and smoking status may help optimize treatment with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), a post-hoc analysis of the pivotal IMPACT trial found. Prospective modeling of blood eosinophil count as a continuous measure, rather than a single cut-off eosinophil threshold, showed greater response to ICS in terms of exacerbation reduction with increasingly
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Point-of-care C-reactive protein (CRP) testing conducted to inform antibiotic prescribing in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations was associated with lower overall antibiotic use, and with no evidence of increased harm, according to U.K. researchers. Fewer patients with acute COPD exacerbations in the CRP-guided treatment group were prescribed antibiotics at initial general medical
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Stress is a common trigger of asthma symptoms. Stress and anxiety can also cause asthma attacks. Asthma is a condition in which the airways become inflamed, making it difficult to breathe. Symptoms typically come and go with triggers, such as irritants, humid weather, and exercise. According to Asthma UK, 43% of people with asthma report
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Researchers from Germany and Switzerland have recently investigated the possible associations between conditions relating to mental health, such as depression and anxiety, and the presence of different types of allergy. Their findings, they say, should prompt scientists to pay more attention to these links. New research identifies an association between generalized anxiety and the presence
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Poor sleep quality, assessed using a validated sleep questionnaire, was associated with higher COPD exacerbation risk over 18 months of follow-up in a Canadian prospective cohort study. Among 141 people with physician-diagnosed COPD, each 2-point increment in Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) scores was associated with a 9% increased risk of symptom-based exacerbations (adjusted relative
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