The US FDA has recently unanimously recommended Nucala (Mepolizumab) for add on maintenance treatment in patients 18 years older with severe eosinophilic asthma. The panel recommended against Nucala (mepolizumab) for children aged 12 to 17 years old. Severe eosinophilic asthma is defined as a blood eosinophil count greater than 150 cells/microliters at the start of […]
A recent abstract promoted at the American Thoracic Society meeting on the topic of children with asthma being prone to peanut sensitization. The authors suggest children who do have asthma are more likely to be sensitive to peanuts and therefore kids with asthma should be tested for peanut allergy. This abstract was received with a […]
Los Angeles asthma rates has been a growing concern in our population especially amongst children. Asthma is the most prevalent chronic disease of childhood. Symptoms are wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Various exposures such as mold, pests, tobacco smoke and outdoor air pollution may exacerbate asthma. There is no known cure for […]
There has been a been dramatic increase starting in the early 1980’s of an increase in pediatric asthma. During that time there also has been an increased usage of acetaminophen and ibuprofen to treat fever related illnesses in children. There have many many studies that have reported a correlation with increased use of these medications […]
Emerging evidence suggests that roadway air pollution causes childhood asthma. The costs of this can be quite high. A study was done in Los Angeles county looking at the regional exposure to Ozone and Nitrogen Dioxide and the cost burden associated with it. Approximately 36 million people in the United States live within 300 feet […]
Childhood asthma is on the rise and so is obesity. Is there a link between the two? Approximately 17% of US children age 2-9 are obese. These children are increased risk for developing asthma. Childhood asthma accounts for 14 million missed school days a year. Despite the link, a definitive mechanism remains unknown. Although genetic […]
Stepping down asthma treatment is a way to manage patients over time. There can be benefit or harm by stepping down asthma medication. Many factors need to be considered which I will discuss ahead. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory airway disease related to genetic and environmental factors. A stepwise approach by the National Asthma Education […]
Yoga is frequently used by patients with asthma, but its efficacy has never been examined.