Jun 1, 2006 Issue
Long-Acting Beta2 Agonists as Steroid-Sparing Agents [Cochrane for Clinicians]

For adult patients who are taking a minimum maintenance dosage of inhaled corticosteroid for asthma, adding a long-acting beta2 agonist permits reduction of the dosage of inhaled corticosteroid by 253 mcg beclomethasone equivalent per day without worsening the patient's symptoms. In patients taking ...

May 15, 2005 Issue
Childhood Asthma: Treatment Update [Article]

The prevalence of childhood asthma has risen significantly over the past four decades. A family history of atopic disease is associated with an increased likelihood of developing asthma, and environmental triggers such as tobacco smoke significantly increase the severity of daily asthma symptoms and...

Jan 15, 2005 Issue
Omalizumab (Xolair) for Treatment of Asthma [STEPS]

Omalizumab is an immunomodulatory therapy for the control of symptoms in patients with moderate to severe allergic asthma uncontrolled with conventional therapy. Given its high cost, the requirement that it be administered in a physician’s office, and side effects, it is appropriate for use in only a small percentage of patients with asthma.

Jan 1, 2005 Issue
CDC Report on Asthma [Practice Guidelines]

Sep 15, 2004 Issue
Asthma Update: Part II. Medical Management [Article]

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program recently updated its guidelines for the management of asthma. An evidence-based approach was used to examine several key issues regarding appropriate medical therapy for patients with asthma. The updated guidelines have clarified these issues and ...

Sep 1, 2004 Issue
Asthma Update: Part I. Diagnosis, Monitoring, and Prevention of Disease Progression [Article]

Despite increased scientific knowledge about asthma and improved therapeutic options, the disease continues to cause significant morbidity and mortality. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel has updated its clinical guidelines on asthma medications, prevention of disease...

Jul 1, 2004 Issue
Asthma [Clinical Evidence Handbook]

What are the effects of treatments for chronic and acute asthma?

Jan 15, 2004 Issue
Treating Acute Bronchiolitis Associated with RSV [Article]

Treatment for infants with bronchiolitis caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) includes supplemental oxygen, nasal suctioning, fluids to prevent dehydration, and other supportive therapies. High-risk children who should be hospitalized include those younger than three months and those with a p...

Jul 1, 2003 Issue
NAEPP Updates Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma [Practice Guidelines]

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) has published an update of their guidelines on diagnosing and managing asthma. The report identifies a set of 10 clinical activities for reducing symptoms and preventing exacerbations in patients with asthma.

Mar 1, 2003 Issue
The 'Crashing Asthmatic' [Article]

Asthma is a common chronic disorder, with a prevalence of 8 to 10 percent in the U.S. population. From 5 to 10 percent of patients have severe disease that does not respond to typical therapeutic interventions. To prevent life-threatening sequelae, it is important to identify patients with severe as...

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