Immunology

Child asthma emergency visits drop after indoor smoking bans

A new study helps to answer the burning question of whether recently enacted indoor smoking bans in public areas have improved health. The research finds the bans are associated with a 17 percent overall reduction in the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Recommending oral probiotics doesn't cut antibiotic use

(HealthDay)—Advising patients with asthma to take probiotics does not reduce antibiotic use, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Immunology

Acetaminophen does not aggravate children's asthma

Contrary to earlier reports, giving acetaminophen (Tylenol, etc.) for pain and fever does not worsen asthma in young children with the condition, concludes a randomized trial in the August 18 New England Journal of Medicine.

Inflammatory disorders

Study compares combination treatments for black adults with asthma

Among black adults with asthma treated with an inhaled corticosteroid, adding a long-acting beta-agonist did not improve the time to an asthma exacerbation compared with adding the anticholinergic tiotropium, according to ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Investigational drug can reduce asthma flareups

An investigational drug appears to cut the risk of severe asthma attacks in half for patients who have difficulty controlling the disorder with standard medications, according to results from two multicenter clinical trials.

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