Category Archives: Asthma

Occupational asthma

Occupational asthma is caused by an immune reaction to specific agents that are inhaled in the workplace. There are around 400 causative agents, although a small number of these cause most cases. It is different from work-aggravated asthma. Frequently affected … Continue reading

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BMJ 2011:343:1119 – 1176 (3rd December)

A meta-analysis has confirmed that intensive glycaemic control does not reduce the risk of mortality in Type 2 diabetes, and doesn’t seem to reduce the risk of microvascular or macrovascular disease.  It does, however, increase the risk of severe hypoglycaemia … Continue reading

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Prescriber 2010: 21(22) (19th November)

We’ve long been told to advise asthmatic patients with mild exacerbations to double the dose of their inhaled steroids, but this is, it seems, incorrect. It has been found not to be helpful in adults (even at doses of 1000 … Continue reading

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BJGP 2010: 60(577) (August)

Just a couple of points from this one. The more important from a practical viewpoint is an insight into the beliefs/behaviour of parents and teachers of children with asthma; it is, apparently, common for them to believe (incorrectly) that exercise … Continue reading

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Prescriber 2010:21(15/16) (August)

A new treatment for migraine sufferers – 10% menthol crystals in ethanol, 1 ml applied to a 5 x 5 cm area of the forehead/temporal area on the more painful side, repeated after 30 minutes, has been found to work … Continue reading

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