London Mayor Sadiq Khan publishes first book on climate change inspired by asthma diagnosis

l Ondon Mayor Sadiq Khan has written his first book – an environmental campaign guide inspired by his own diagnosis of adult asthma. Breathe will be published next year before being reprinted as a Penguin paperback in 2024 and billed as a “seven step guide to winning support for tough climate action”. Khan, 51, who … Read more

Mepolizumab reduced exacerbations in children with exacerbation-prone eosinophilic asthma

1. There was a 27% reduction in severe asthma exacerbations in children treated with mepolizumab compared to controls. 2. There were more frequent side effects in the treatment group; however, these were mostly injection site reactions and there were no treatment-related deaths. Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent) Study overview: Asthma is responsible for 1.3 million … Read more

Finding the Lowest Effective Dose of Asthma Prevention Drug

Seven in ten Australians with asthma over the age of 12 may be prescribed too many preventative medicines. In Australian prescriber Prof Helen Reddel and co-authors from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research write about finding the lowest effective dose to control asthma. From the 2021 census, we know that more than 2 million Australians … Read more

Medical students treat a virtual patient

ADDENBROOKE, UK — Medical students at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, part of Cambridge University Hospitals, have become the first in the world to experience a new way of learning using mixed reality holographic patients. They use technology called HoloScenarios that was developed in collaboration with Los Angeles, California-based company GigXR. Cambridge University students and doctors welcomed the … Read more

Minimal Differences Between Biologics Approved for Severe Asthma

Differences in safety and efficacy between the biologics approved for the treatment of severe eosinophilic asthma are so minimal that they fail to meet clinically important thresholds, a network meta-analysis shows. “We know relatively little about the relative effectiveness or safety of biologics approved for the treatment of asthma [but since] the number of these … Read more

AAP urges schools to be prepared for medical emergencies

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released updated recommendations urging schools to prepare for medical emergencies due to injury, chronic health conditions, or unexpected serious illnesses. The Policy Statement “Individual School Medical Emergencies” describes the need to be prepared for medical, behavioral, and traumatic emergencies that both students and staff may experience. The academy recommends … Read more

Why do some asthmatics respond poorly to treatment?

Newswise – According to a study in which Rutgers scientists collaborated with researchers from Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, when taking medication during an asthma attack, patients with the most severe form of asthma produce special substances in their airways. Report in the journal Science Translational Medicinescientists said two different so-called growth factors … Read more

How do you know if your symptoms are bad enough to see an allergist?

Photo† Budimir Jevtic †Shutterstock† So you’re sneezing and rubbing your eyes this allergy season. Who not? Allergies are common enough that many of us can manage our symptoms using over-the-counter medications and avoidance strategies such as spending less time outdoors on days with a high pollen count. But when are allergies bad enough to see … Read more

How do you know if your symptoms are bad enough to see an allergist?

Photo† Budimir Jevtic †Shutterstock† So you’re sneezing and rubbing your eyes this allergy season. Who not? Allergies are common enough that many of us can manage our symptoms using over-the-counter medications and avoidance strategies such as spending less time outdoors on days with a high pollen count. But when are allergies bad enough to see … Read more

Military deployment linked to increased COPD risk

Physicians evaluating patients’ occupational histories should consider military service, as a study of U.S. military veterans’ rosters has shown an increased risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Researchers found that 44% of veterans had been exposed to inorganic dust. The study by Paul Blanc, MD, and colleagues was published online in the journal Chest. … Read more