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Management of Asthma in Children 5 Years and Under

By |2020-12-08T17:58:33+00:00December 8th, 2020|

Introduction The diagnosis of asthma in children under five years is difficult due to changing concepts of what true asthma is in this age group.1 Wheezing can occur in this age without asthma and confirmatory lung function tests are difficult to perform.2 Many preschool wheezers become asymptomatic by school age irrespective of treatment.3 Asthma management in very young patients [...]

Researchers publish whole genome map of key biomarker for detecting cancer

By |2020-12-08T17:58:32+00:00December 8th, 2020|

Bluestar Genomics and University of Chicago have published a genome-wide 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) map across multiple human tissue types. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications, demonstrated the robust performance of 5hmC as a global biomarker for the detection of multiple serious illnesses, such as cancer and various chronic diseases. Unlike 5mC which is a [...]

Repurposed Antiviral Drugs for Covid-19 — Interim WHO Solidarity Trial Results

By |2020-12-08T17:58:31+00:00December 8th, 2020|

BACKGROUND World Health Organization expert groups recommended mortality trials of four repurposed antiviral drugs — remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir, and interferon beta-1a — in patients hospitalized with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). METHODS We randomly assigned inpatients with Covid-19 equally between one of the trial drug regimens that was locally available and open control (up to five options, four active [...]

Cognition, symptom perception, and medication non-adherence in older adults with asthma

By |2020-12-08T17:58:30+00:00December 8th, 2020|

Background Cognitive impairment (CI) is highly prevalent in elderly asthmatics and is associated with worse asthma self-management (SM) and outcomes. CI may also explain why older adults may under-perceive asthma symptoms. We hypothesized that CI would be associated with low medication adherence and asthma symptom under-perception (ASP). We also hypothesized that ASP would mediate the relationship [...]

Impact of asthma on bronchiectasis severity and risk of exacerbations

By |2020-12-08T17:58:28+00:00December 8th, 2020|

Objective: Asthma is a frequent comorbidity of bronchiectasis, with possible implications for exacerbation and severity. We investigated the clinical impact of asthma on bronchiectasis in terms of disease severity and exacerbation risk. Methods: We collected demographic, clinical, and functional characteristics of patients with a confirmed diagnosis of bronchiectasis. All patients were investigated for concomitant diagnosis of [...]

CDC shortens COVID quarantine, adds holiday travel advice

By |2020-12-08T17:58:19+00:00December 8th, 2020|

Facing a post-Thanksgiving surge of COVID-19 cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released new options for shorter quarantine periods and urged Americans not to travel for the upcoming holidays, though it also unveiled new tools for doing so safely—both with and without testing.   rudi_suardi Read more CIDRAP… The post CDC [...]

Autism study suggests connection between repetitive behaviors, gut problems

By |2020-12-08T17:58:17+00:00December 8th, 2020|

In children with autism, repetitive behaviors and gastrointestinal problems may be connected, new research has found. The study found that increased severity of other autism symptoms was also associated with more severe constipation, stomach pain and other gut difficulties. The research, which appears in the journal Autism, found no association between social and communication difficulties and gastrointestinal symptoms.     [...]

MRSA in the Environment

By |2020-12-07T17:47:27+00:00December 7th, 2020|

MRSA is a significant problem in the community and in hospitals.  This problem has significant connections between Nursing homes and hospitals as well as with other bacteria.   We will also cover where MRSA can be found https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3687037/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6900272/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11405862/ https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaotolaryngology/fullarticle/482358 https://www.nature.com/articles/jes201485 https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/full/10.1289/ehp.1205436 https://www.millersville.edu/athletictraining/mrsa/faq.php#MRSALifeSpanFacts The post MRSA in the Environment appeared first on Healthier Environment Living [...]

Ten questions concerning occupant health in buildings during normal operations and extreme events including the COVID-19 pandemic

By |2020-12-06T17:38:25+00:00December 6th, 2020|

Abstract Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, people spent on average around 90% of their time indoors. Now more than ever, with work-from-home orders in place, it is crucial that we radically rethink the design and operation of buildings. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) directly affects the comfort and well-being of occupants. When IEQ is compromised, occupants [...]

The Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke May Last a Lifetime

By |2020-12-06T17:38:24+00:00December 6th, 2020|

WHEN SMOKE FROM California’s deadliest wildfire blew into downtown Sacramento last November, daylight blurred into dusk and the city’s air became among the world’s most polluted. The Camp Fire has long since been extinguished, but the health effects from the tiny particulate matter in the smoke, which penetrates into the lungs and ultimately into the bloodstream, could linger for [...]