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2011-10-20 09:25:07

Premature infants exposed after birth to drugs known as glucocorticoids are at increased risk for having impaired growth of the cerebellum, according to findings from a new UCSF-led study. The cerebellum is a region of the brain associated with balance, motor learning, language and behavior. The findings challenge the recent policy statement of The American Academy of Pediatrics, which suggests that low doses of glucocorticoids -- a class of steroid hormones used in premature babies to...

2011-09-12 05:16:36

(Ivanhoe Newswire)--- By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million people will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. But a commonly used drug may be able to prevent arthritis from happening to you. Many individuals develop arthritis from severe joint injuries. Young people are especially prone to these joint injuries because they are so active playing sports, or even skiing; activities that can cause damage to ligaments. A new study from MIT suggests that a drug that is used today to treat...

2011-05-06 15:13:07

Patients with severe allergic asthma that is inadequately controlled with the standard of care had improved symptoms and decreased flare-ups with injections of an antibody drug called omalizumab, according to experts at Baylor College of Medicine in a paper that appears in the current issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. "Many patients suffering from asthma who are being treated with the recommended inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists continue to have asthma symptoms," said...

2011-04-27 07:00:00

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients with asthma or allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies), initially prescribed montelukast (Singulair®) instead of typical first-line therapy have low rates of persistence on montelukast and may ultimately discontinue therapy altogether, according to a new study presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's 23rd Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minn. The study will be presented by Prime Therapeutics (Prime), a thought...

2011-02-24 15:37:21

New study from University of Montreal evaluates impact of steroid use on immune system Children experiencing an asthma attack who are treated with a short burst of oral steroids may have a transient depression of immune response according to a new study led by Universit© de Montr©al. These findings, published in this month's issue of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonology, have implications for asthmatic children who have flare-ups and who may be exposed to new contagious...

2011-01-14 08:42:40

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new eye transplant releases the medication dexamethasone within the eye to safely and effectively treat some types of uveitis, swelling and inflammation in the eye's middle layer, according to new research. "Uveitis refers to a group of intraocular inflammatory diseases that cause 10 percent to 15 percent of blindness in the developed world," the authors were quoted as saying. "Despite advances in immunosuppressive treatments, corticosteroids remain the mainstay of...

2011-01-10 15:40:30

An implant that releases the medication dexamethasone within the eye appears safe and effective for the treatment of some types of uveitis (swelling and inflammation in the eye's middle layer), according to a report posted online today that will appear in the May print issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Uveitis refers to a group of intraocular inflammatory diseases that cause 10 percent to 15 percent of blindness in the developed world," the authors write...

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2010-11-30 09:47:04

Any dog or cat owner will agree that animals have personalities but it may come as a surprise to many to learn that birds also do.  As an example, individual birds vary in their levels of curiosity, with distinctions being made between "fast" and "slow" explorers.  A considerable body of research has examined the differences between fast and slow birds but the levels of stress hormones (glucocorticoids) have not previously been investigated, although these hormones are known to be...

2010-11-01 21:30:13

Benefits outweigh risks for asthmatics, but COPD patients should think twice Patients taking inhaled corticosteroids are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and more so with higher doses, say researchers at the Jewish General Hospital's Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research (LDI) In Montreal. The risk is of special concern for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), and much less significant for asthmatics. "These medications are very effective...

2010-10-06 17:23:50

Large dose of inhaled corticosteroids at start of asthma exacerbation does not reduce the need for rescue oral corticosteroids There is no evidence that increasing the dose of inhaled corticosteroids at the onset of an asthma exacerbation, as part of a patient-initiated action plan, reduces the need for rescue oral corticosteroids. This is the conclusion of work published in The Cochrane Library this month. There are two mechanisms acting in the lungs of people with asthma. The first is...


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