Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways in the lungs of children and adults.
The patient usually complains of shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing with wheezing.
Goals of treatment are effective symptom control with minimal or no exacerbations, minimal or no nocturnal and daytime symptoms, no limitations on activities, minimal or no need for reliever treatment, and minimal adverse effects of medication.
Regular use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma does not appear to affect COVID-19-related mortality, an observational study from England showed.
A novel once-daily fixed-dose combination (FDC) of ICS-LABA* comprising mometasone furoate and indacaterol acetate (MF-IND) is superior over an ICS monotherapy of MF in improving lung function of patients with inadequately controlled asthma, the PALLADIUM study has shown — providing another once-daily FDC option for these patients.
Vitamin D therapy and bariatric surgery in obese asthmatic patients both improve peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) sensitivity to the in vitro corticosteroid (CS) treatment, results of a Spain study have shown.
Frequent coughing at night, measured using a smartphone app, appears to be a reliable indicator of worsening asthma, as reported in a study presented at this year’s European Respiratory Society (ERS) virtual meeting.
A short-term course of oral corticosteroid medication does not appear to improve disease control in patients with moderate to severe persistent asthma initiating treatment with inhaled corticosteroid-and-long-acting beta agonist (ICS-LABA).
The first-in-class tyrosine kinase inhibitor masitinib significantly reduces severe asthma exacerbations in patients who are uncontrolled on oral corticosteroids (OCS), regardless of their baseline eosinophil counts, according to a study presented at the ATS 2020 Virtual Meeting.
Endorsement of unproven COVID-19 treatments by high-profile public figures led to a drastic increase in the search and purchase of said treatments in the US, according to a research letter published in JAMA.