Asthma during Pregnancy

One in 10 pregnant women worldwide has asthma. Asthma symptoms worsen in one-third of women, improve in one-third, and remain similar in another third;[7] however, these changes are variable from woman to woman, and pregnancy to pregnancy. At least 20 to 45% of women have been reported to have an exacerbation of asthma […]

Penicillin Allergy in Children Substantially Overreported

Most children with parent-reported symptoms of penicillin allergy have negative results for a true allergic reaction to the drug, a new study shows. “Our results showed that the majority of children had rash and itching as their primary reported symptom of allergy,” the authors write. “Consistent with our hypothesis, all […]

Half of kids who needed epinephrine didn’t get it before trip to the emergency room

Anyone suffering a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) should receive epinephrine as quickly as possible. A new study showed that even kids who were prescribed an epinephrine auto injector didn’t receive the life-saving medication when they needed it. The study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American […]


Cough is usually described as chronic if it is present for eight weeks or more. The most common causes of chronic cough are postnasal drainage, asthma and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or heartburn. Any or all of these may be the cause of chronic cough, in addition to a number […]

FDA Approves New Epinephrine Prefilled Syringe

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an epinephrine prefilled syringe (Symjepi, Adamis Pharmaceuticals) for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions (type I), including anaphylaxis, the company has announced. “Symjepi provides two single dose syringes of epinephrine (adrenaline), which is considered the drug of choice for immediate administration […]

Body weight and Asthma

When you are overweight or obese, most excess weight is usually in the central area of the body, or the midsection. This can reduce your lung volume, making you not able to breathe as well. Also, the foods you put in your body are an important factor. With obesity, there’s […]

Asthma and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A recent study demonstrates that asthmatic patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a greater decline in lung function (FEV1) over time than those without OSA. The natural history of FEV1 decline in asthmatic patients has been reported to be about 40 ml/year, twice the normal age-related decline. Factors associated with the decline in […]

Do You Really Have Asthma?

  Shortness of breath. Wheezing. Coughing. Chest tightness. If you had asthma, you’d know it, right? It turns out that it’s not always that simple, and even your doctor can get it wrong. When Canadian researchers studied more than 700 people who had been diagnosed with asthma in the past five […]

Epi-pen Recall

The United States has joined the list of countries covered by a voluntary recall of EpiPen auto-injectors for anaphylactic shock on account of a defective part that may result in the device failing to inject a potentially life-saving dose of epinephrine, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today. […]