Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Can inhaled corticosteroids alleviate early symptoms of COVID-19?

Despite high hopes, a new pan-Canadian study published today in The BMJ suggests that ciclesonide—an inhaled and nasal steroid drug commonly used for asthma and rhinitis—won't be the treatment to change the course of ...

Medications

Tailoring treatment of patients with COPD

Patients with COPD are treated with drugs to improve the breathing ability in combination with inhaled corticosteroids to reduce the risk of acute worsening of the lung conditions. But the balance between reduced exacerbations ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Monthly COVID-19 hospitalization rates peaked in December 2020

(HealthDay)—For adults hospitalized with COVID-19, monthly rates of hospitalization, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and death peaked in December 2020, according to a study published online Aug. 10 in the Annals of ...

Medications

Triple-drug therapy safely cuts serious asthma flares

Researchers have found that the inclusion of a third drug to commonly used dual-drug inhalers can reduce asthma exacerbations and improve control over the disease in children, adolescents, and adults with moderate-to-severe ...

Medications

Topical corticosteroid use in pregnancy not tied to SGA, LBW

(HealthDay)—Topical corticosteroid use in pregnancy is not associated with increased risks for small for gestational age (SGA) or low birth weight, according to a study published online May 5 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Corticosteroid

Corticosteroids are a class of steroid hormones that are produced in the adrenal cortex. Corticosteroids are involved in a wide range of physiologic systems such as stress response, immune response and regulation of inflammation, carbohydrate metabolism, protein catabolism, blood electrolyte levels, and behavior.

Some common natural hormones are corticosterone (C21H30O4), cortisone (C21H28O5, 17-hydroxy-11-dehydrocorticosterone) and aldosterone.

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