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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