May 22, 2017

Multicentre, non-interventional study to assess the profile of patients with uncontrolled rhinitis prescribed a novel formulation of azelastine hydrochloride and fluticasone propionate in a single spray in routine clinical practice in the UK

Respiratory medicine

Glenis Scadding, David Price, Tariq El-Shanawany, Shahzada Ahmed, Jaydip Ray, Ravishankar Sargur, Nirmal Kumar

Objective The aims of this study were (1) to characterise the type of patient prescribed MP-AzeFlu (Dymista, a novel formulation of azelastine hydrochloride, fluticasone propionate and excipients in a single spray) in real life in the UK and physicians' reasons for prescribing it and (2) to quantify the personal and societal burden of allergic rhinitis (AR) in the UK prior to MP-AzeFlu prescription.

May 20, 2017

IgE-mediated food allergies in children: prevalence, triggers, and management

Korean J Pediatr 2017 April;60(4) :99-105.
Published online 2017 April 15.  
Sooyoung Lee
Department of Pediatrics, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea
Corresponding Author: Sooyoung Lee ,Tel: +82-31-219-5160, Fax: +82-31-219-5169, Email:
Food allergy (FA) is a serious health problem, and severe FA such as food-induced anaphylaxis can often be life threatening. The incidence of FA has been increasing especially in children. They usually develop early in life and affect up to 10% of children. The 2 most common food allergens worldwide are milk and eggs, while the third one varies depending on the countries: peanuts in the United States and Switzerland, wheat in Germany and Japan, tree nuts in Spain, sesame in Israel, and walnuts in Korea.

Spotlight on dupilumab in the treatment of atopic dermatitis: design, development, and potential place in therapy

Drug Design, Development and Therapy. Volume 11

Angelo Massimiliano D’Erme,1,2 Marco Romanelli,2 Andrea Chiricozzi2

1Dermatology Unit, Livorno Hospital, Livorno, 2Dermatology Unit, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Abstract: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is among the most common inflammatory skin diseases in children and adults in industrialized countries. Up to one-third of adults (probably a smaller proportion in childhood) suffer from moderate-to-severe AD, whose recommended treatment is usually based on systemic therapies. The currently available therapeutics are limited, and AD management becomes challenging in most cases.

Searching online for health-related information by people suffering from respiratory allergy and asthma: the results of a survey study

Anna Kłak, Filip Raciborski, Bolesław Samoliński


The objective of the study was to compare online behaviour in groups of persons suffering from respiratory allergy and/or asthma and in the reference group.

May 19, 2017

Association of Oral Antireflux Medication With Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and Nasal Resistance

Question  Is laryngopharyngeal reflux associated with nasal resistance, and does pharmacologic therapy improve subjective and objective nasal findings?
Findings  This case-control study of 100 adults (50 with laryngopharyngeal reflux, 50 controls) found that oral antireflux medication was associated with significant decreases in all parameters of the Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation and Total Nasal Resistance values.

eHealth in the future of medications management: personalisation, monitoring and adherence


Globally, healthcare systems face major challenges with medicines management and medication adherence. Medication adherence determines medication effectiveness and can be the single most effective intervention for improving health outcomes.

May 15, 2017

Sensitization to Aspergillus species is associated with frequent exacerbations in severe asthma

1Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Singapore General Hospital, 2Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School, 3Allergy Centre, Singapore General Hospital, 4Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore, 5Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Background: Severe asthma is a largely heterogeneous disease with varying phenotypic profiles. The relationship between specific allergen sensitization and asthma severity, particularly in Asia, remains unclear. We aim to study the prevalence of specific allergen sensitization patterns and investigate their association with outcomes in a severe asthma cohort in an Asian setting.

May 9, 2017

Seasonal influenza vaccination in patients with COPD: a systematic literature review


  • Rafik Bekkat-BerkaniEmail author,
  • Tom Wilkinson,
  • Philippe Buchy,
  • Gael Dos Santos,
  • Dimitris Stefanidis,
  • Jeanne-Marie Devaster and
  • Nadia Meyer
Influenza is a frequent cause of exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Exacerbations are associated with worsening of the airflow obstruction, hospitalisation, reduced quality of life, disease progression, death, and ultimately, substantial healthcare-related costs. Despite longstanding recommendations to vaccinate vulnerable high-risk groups against seasonal influenza, including patients with COPD, vaccination rates remain sub-optimal in this population.

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