“Asthma and COPD inhalers delivering fixed-dose combinations of inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and long-acting beta agonists (LABA) drugs will no longer be required to carry a boxed warning about the possibility of asthma-related death associated with their use, the FDA said late Wednesday”, stated the article posted by Medpage Today. “We have never had an issue with these medications as the data has always suggested that the warning

Some Food for Thought

Posted by San Tan Allergy & Asthma on December 15, 2017
Category: Recent News

New research is exploring the possibility that fructan, not gluten, may be responsible for improved symptoms in patients with non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Fructan is a carbohydrate found in wheat. In a recent blinded study involving 59 individuals on self-imposed gluten-free diets, researchers found those who ingested fructan reported the most symptoms. “On average, the study also found no difference in reported symptoms between gluten and placebo

“The FDA has approved the first epinephrine auto-injector specifically designed for infants and small children weighing 16.5-33 pounds, kaléo, the device’s manufacturer, announced Monday.” This is exciting news as infants and small children will now have access to the potentially life-saving medication. Click here to read the full article!

A review article currently in press from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice found that allergic rhinitis significantly impacts work performance and may also contribute to time lost from work. In this review, data was pooled from 28 previously performed studies that examined the effect of chronic allergic rhinitis on work performance. They found that allergic rhinitis is associated with a “substantial adverse impact on the productivity at work with an estimated

Unfortunately, there can be instances where a device or medication may fail to work, and as a result we need to be prepared to deal with that event. It means that patients should always have two devices just in case and that they may want to consider alternative options, including the Auvi-Q, which we have been prescribing more frequently as it may be a better device. –Dr. Jain Click here to read

CNN recently posted the below article reporting on the disappointing results of the DBV Technologies late-stage clinical trail results for its patch vaccine, Viaskin Peanut. “The trial results were recently released (Phase 3, the final phase before FDA approval). It seemed that in the study of about 300 individuals with confirmed/documented peanut allergy about 35% of patients responded, but that was not sufficient to meet the primary endpoint of response. As such, it is likely

A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found, “…steroids are not effective for the treatment of acute chest infections in adults without asthma or COPD who do not require immediate antibiotic treatment”. The trial, which involved nearly 400 patients, showed no difference in duration of cough or severity of symptoms in patients who presented with acute lower respiratory infections, who had no evidence of pneumonia or history of COPD, when

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report on antibiotic prescribing and use in the United States. The report, ‘Antibiotic Use in the United States 2017; Progress and Opportunities,’ addressed antibiotic prescribing and use in outpatient settings, nursing homes, and hospitals, and suggested several tools to help improve prescribing.” “Antibiotic prescribing across the United States in outpatient settings like clinics, doctor’s offices,

Over two weeks Amanda and I challenged ourselves to each cut out two of the top eight allergen in an attempt to better understand the struggles so many of our patients with food allergies face. If someone would have told me a couple months ago I needed to avoid gluten and dairy for two weeks I would have thought that was impossible. Pasta and cheese are two of my favorite foods and a huge part

A recent study has demonstrated that almost 95% of patients with a delayed allergy to Penicillin may actually NOT be truly allergic to the medicine. Many patients report an allergy to antibiotics in the Penicillin family (For example, Amoxicillin or Penicillin). Usually, the questionable reaction is a delayed skin rash or hives that started within 1 day of starting the medication. Most of the time, these