Who Dies From Asthma?

The answer is: people of all ages. 180,000 people across the world die from asthma each year. The United States records about 70 deaths a week, most of them preventable. In the United Kingdom, 20 persons die each week. The question hence arises: why were these deathsnot prevented?

A study by the British Thoracic Association of 90 asthma deaths found that 74% occurred because patients underestimated the severity of the disease. In 36 instances, the patients saw a health care provider . . .

 

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Polypharmacy in the Elderly – Part 2: The Solution

There is one further complication when dealing with the elderly. It may be that they feel they are wasting a health care provider’s (HCP) time; or they may feel that the situation is not serious enough to warrant a visit to their HCP; or they seek advice from friends to the extent that they are known to not only take medication that has been prescribed for themselves but also . . .

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Polypharmacy in the Elderly - Part 1: The Problem

Polypharmacy is generally defined as the use of at least five prescription medications. Rarely are patients, particularly the elderly (from 62 to 85 years), asked about the over-the-counter (OTC) medications that they use. Yet, OTC medications are medications that are considered safe and effective for use by the general public and hence . . .

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Does your work put you at risk for asthma?

Does what you do for a living increase your risk of asthma? About 11 million American workers may have occupational asthma. Recent studies have further highlighted the connection between occupation and the risk of asthma.  Over 360 substances have been linked to the development of asthma with anywhere from 50% to 90% of cases due to . . .

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Who is speaking asthma? - Part 2

Parents and children listed other symptoms that herald an asthma exacerbation. They listed the early markers of an exacerbation as headache, stomach ache, fatigue, dizziness, throat pain, throat  tightening, and malaise. When asked how they knew their children were having an asthma exacerbation, they provided the following observations:

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Who Is Speaking Asthma? - Part 1

Medical terminology has held both a degree of fascination and intimidation for patients who are unfamiliar with it. Between health care professionals, the use of terminology is deliberate and easily understood. It aids communication and becomes a shorthand for conveying a volume of information in a few words. However, while it is helpful for health care professionals, one needs to carefully examine and even question . . .

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Inflammation and Airway Remodeling

Asthma has been defined as a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by airway obstruction which is at least partially reversible with or without medication, and increased bronchial responsiveness to a variety of stimuli.1 Today, the primary emphasis in treatment is on the reduction of inflammation. Inflammation is the body's response to injury or . . .

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What You Eat Affects How You Breathe

For asthmatic children with allergies to food the statement that what you eat affects breathing is simple to understand. Allergic reactions to food that cause respiratory symptoms are also known in occupational asthma. The allergic response can affect not only the skin and gastrointestinal tract but can be a trigger for asthma resulting in symptoms such . . .

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What is CAM and Who is Using it?

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (“CAM”), also known as Integrative Medicine, is a diverse field covering a variety of treatments that are provided by practitioners with varying degrees of training. CAM can be classified into five areas that include:
1)    alternative medical systems
2)    biologic-based therapies
3)    energy therapies . . .

 

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Patient-Centered Care - Part 1

In 2001, the Institute of Medicine defined Patient-centered care (PCC) as one that “establishes a partnership among practitioners, patients and their families (when appropriate) to ensure that decisions respect patients’ wants, needs, and preferences and solicit patients’ input on the education and support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care.” The NAEPP Expert Panel 3: *Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma . . .

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The Patient’s Perspective on Asthma

For a long time, research on asthma has been focussed on the disease and its pathophysiology, the medications, and ways in which patients can be made more compliant. In comparison, little has been done to gather information on how patients perceive the disease and its treatment. As more and more attention is paid to helping patients to manage and control the disease, it becomes necessary to understand how patients view the disease…

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Prenatal Effects of Tobacco Exposure

It is particularly dispiriting that despite mounting evidence as to the deleterious effects of maternal tobacco smoking both pre- and post-natal on the child, mothers continue to smoke. A 2011 publication analyzing data from 1965 to 2008, estimated that anywhere from 22 to 34 percent of American women of reproductive age smoke cigarettes. It is thus a major public health concern due to predictable adverse outcomes and neurodevelopmental deficits in offspring.

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Is Yoga Efficacious in Asthma?

Almost every health professional has been told by a patient that standard asthma treatment produces undesirable side effects, and that a better replacement exists in one or more forms of alternative medicine. Yoga is regarded as a form of mind-body practice and is the sixth most commonly form of complementary…

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