The use of Apps running on smartphones and tablets profoundly affects medicine. The MASK-rhinitis (MACVIA-ARIA Sentinel NetworK for allergic rhinitis) App (Allergy Diary) assesses allergic rhinitis symptoms, disease control and impact on patients’ lives. It is freely available in 20 countries (iOS and Android platforms)...
Pilot study of mobile phone technology in allergic rhinitis in European countries. The MASK-rhinitis study
Acid-suppressive medications during pregnancy and risk of asthma and allergy in children: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Children born to mothers who take heartburn medication during pregnancy may have a greater risk of developing asthma, research suggests. Researchers led by the Universities of Edinburgh and Tampere in Finland reviewed eight previous studies involving more than 1.3 million children. The study is published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Blue inhalers save lives – standard colour needed to prevent asthma deaths
Patients’ lives could be put at risk if pharmaceutical companies stray away from the widely recognised colour coding of inhalers used to treat asthma.
Emergency hospital admissions for asthma and access to primary care: cross-sectional analysis
Access to general practices may be an important determinant of emergency admissions for asthma, as early treatment of exacerbations has been shown to prevent deterioration.
New light shed on improving treatment for COPD exacerbations
Research by Professor Wedzicha of the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) finds better combination therapy for treating COPD exacerbations.
ESWI Science Policy Flu Summit
Join influenza stakeholders at the fifth ESWI's Science Policy Flu Summit on 28 September 2016 in Brussels.
Genetic breakthrough could lead to cure for asthma
Scientists investigating the genes involved in the development of asthma may have found a way to 'switch' the condition off and stop it from emerging. The research carried out ...
Instrument to predict smoking cessation among patients with COPD.
A new survey may help physicians predict which lung disease patients are likely to quit smoking, and offer treatment accordingly.
The Self-management of COPD
Supported self-management for COPD is making progress, but there are still challenges as self-management is not a time-limited intervention but an on-going support system to help a person live with their condition(s)
A retrospective analysis on the over-diagnosis of asthma in children
Diagnosis of Asthma in children <6 years old is symptom-based and, for older children, guidelines advise assessment of lung function as essential for the diagnosis. Previous studies have indicated that asthma is over-diagnosed in children. However, the scale of this over-diagnosis has not been quantified. This retrospective analysis...