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Monitoring asthma control in children: AAP recommendations for clinicians

Monitoring asthma control in children: AAP recommendations for clinicians

Recent advances in measuring asthma control tools have enhanced ongoing assessment and monitoring of asthma.

COPD exacerbations reduced with budesonide/formoterol treatment

COPD exacerbations reduced with budesonide/formoterol treatment

Budesonide/formoterol treatment decreased exacerbations in COPD after 3 months.

Patients with chronic diseases are frequently overly optimistic about life expectancy

Patients with chronic diseases are frequently overly optimistic about life expectancy

Self-estimated life expectancy rates may differ from clinician-estimated rates of survival.

Morning symptoms in COPD linked to limited physical activity

Morning symptoms in COPD linked to limited physical activity

Many patients with COPD report morning symptoms that are negatively associated with physical activity.

Medicare bundled payment initiative did not reduce COPD readmissions

Medicare bundled payment initiative did not reduce COPD readmissions

The multidisciplinary care intervention did not reduce COPD readmissions or achieve substantial savings.

Prenatal fish oil supplementation may reduce asthma risk in children

Prenatal fish oil supplementation may reduce asthma risk in children

Supplementation during pregnancy was associated with reduction in risk of persistent wheezing and asthma in offspring.

Higher cured meat intake linked to worsening asthma

Higher cured meat intake linked to worsening asthma

Cured meat intake levels also had an indirect effect mediated by body mass index.

Exposure to mold and dampness may increase risk of asthma and rhinitis

Exposure to mold and dampness may increase risk of asthma and rhinitis

Exposure during infancy was associated with increased risk up to 16 years of age, especially for nonallergic disease.

GOLD Report includes updated COPD management recommendations

GOLD Report includes updated COPD management recommendations

The GOLD Report includes a revised definition of COPD and updates guidelines for managing exacerbations.

Proposing new concepts and definitions in COPD

Proposing new concepts and definitions in COPD

It is important to use the right terminology when discussing medical terms, specifically ones associated with smoke-related respiratory conditions, according to the researchers.

Opinion

ICD-10 codes may improve asthma care

The new ICD-10 coding system may seem inappropriate for some disease models, but asthma care may benefit from the required changes.

Help children keep asthma at bay

Begin to impart asthma information to young patients and/or their caregivers as early as possible.

Clinical Features

Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia

Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia

Patients with COP generally have positive outcomes following a definitive diagnosis and the initiation of appropriate treatment.

A child's cough: common presentations and causes

A child's cough: common presentations and causes

Clinicians who recognize various types of pediatric coughs will be better able to identify serious underlying conditions in the young patient.

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Image of the Week: Cardiomegaly

Image of the Week: Cardiomegaly

What term refers to the plump and sagging appearance of a full pericardium?

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