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Dupilumab—A Potential New Biologic for Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps
US Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases. 2020;5(1):Epub ahead of publication
Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a clinical syndrome defined by symptomatic inflammation of the paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity for at least 12 weeks in duration. Historically, CRS has been classified into 2 subgroups, CRS with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) and CRS without nasal polyps. Those with CRSwNP have a more significant burden of disease and poor […]
Nintedanib—A Potential New Therapy for Systemic Sclerosis-associated Interstitial Lung Disease
US Respiratory and Pulmonary Diseases. 2020;5(1):Epub ahead of print.
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by inflammation and fibrosis of the skin and other organs. It has a range of clinical manifestations, and the typical internal organs involved include the lungs, kidneys, heart, and gastrointestinal tract. Though it is an uncommon condition, the mortality rate of this disease is higher than any […]
Evidence and E-cigarettes – The English Perspective
European Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases. 2019;5(1):10–11
Recently, there has been much media coverage on the topic of e-cigarettes. Approaches to new data suggesting that e-cigarettes may be harmful have differed between countries. In particular, the attitude of public health bodies in England has differed significantly from those in other countries internationally. American electronic cigarette company Juul has been accused of deliberately […]
Elexacaftor-tezacaftor-ivacaftor—A Combination Therapy for Phe508del Cystic Fibrosis
US Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases. 2019;4(1):15–9
Cystic fibrosis (CF), an inherited disease affecting all races and ethnicities, results from defects in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene, which leads to dysregulations in the ion and fluid balance across epithelial membranes throughout the body.1–3 The CFTR protein is an anion channel that functions as a transmembrane traffic ATPase which is […]
Inhaled Corticosteroid Therapy—The Impact of Formulary Changes on Asthma Control
US Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases. 2019;4(1):10–11
Q. Why did Medicaid discontinue coverage of beclomethasone dipropionate in favor of mometasone furoate? A definitive reason for the change has not been divulged. Most formulary changes of this nature are done for economic reasons, the plan being able to acquire one drug at a lesser cost than another. These changes are quite common with […]
Lessons from the Outbreak of E-cigarette-associated Lipoid Pneumonia in North Carolina
US Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases. 2019;4(1):8–9
Q. What was previously known about the risks of e-cigarette use? E-cigarettes gained rapid popularity in the US after initial release in 2007. Although they were initially marketed towards smokers as a cessation aid, their use became swiftly prevalent with younger audiences including teenagers and young adults who had never previously smoked. In that timeline, […]
Delayed Diagnosis of Kartagener Syndrome in a Fertile Young Man – An Unusual Case
European Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases. 2019;5(1):25–7.
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is an autosomal recessive disease characterised by dysfunction of ciliary motility associated with impaired mucociliary clearance.1 Kartagener syndrome is characterised by the triad of: sinusitis, bronchiectasis and situs inversus.2,3 Situs inversus is a condition whereby the visceral organs are completely, or partially, arranged in a mirror-image reversal of their normal positions.7 […]
Disseminated Nocardiosis Masquerading as an Obstructive Endobronchial Mass—A Case Report
US Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases. 2019;4(1):20–3
Highlights Nocardiosis is has been coined “the great imitator” due to the vast heterogeneity in clinical presentation. Prevalence of disease is on the rise due to improved diagnostic techniques, as well as a growing population of immunocompromised patients, although up to one-third of patients diagnosed are immunocompetent. There are six forms of disease caused […]
Immunomodulation Therapy – Clinical Relevance of Bacterial Lysates OM-85
European Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases. 2019;15(1):17–23.
Acute respiratory tract infections (RTIs) affect children and adults with chronic respiratory conditions throughout the world, and are associated with significant morbidity and mortality.1 Acute RTIs are one of the leading causes of mortality in both children and adults, with an estimated 3.5–4 million deaths per year attributed to both acute upper and lower RTIs.2,3 […]
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