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Asthma News – September 23, 2021

Current asthma research, announcements and opportunities, collected and distributed by Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) Asthma Program Staff. Sign up to receive weekly-ish news emails.

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Register Now! Asthma Educator Sharing Times - Oct. 22 & 29, 11 am to 2 pm

Asthma Educator Sharing Day 2021 is being split into TWO virtual Asthma Educator Sharing Times, to learn about current interventions and treatments for the management of asthma, and techniques to improve asthma education in all settings. Applications for 3 RN and RT contact hours pending.

Don't Nebulize Hydrogen Peroxide and Breathe It to Try to Treat or Prevent COVID-19

The Allergy & Asthma Foundation of America has identified a concerning and dangerous trend circulating on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok. People are breathing in hydrogen peroxide through nebulizers to try to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Electronic adherence monitoring devices for children with asthma

A new systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials found that electronic adherence monitoring devices could improve inhaler adherence, and suggested that future devices contain actuation and inhalation functions that can help to confirm actual inhalation.

Factors Associated with Asthma Exacerbations During Pregnancy

Asthma exacerbations before pregnancy and more severe asthma at the beginning of pregnancy were found to be associated with an increased rate of exacerbations during pregnancy.

Occupational Asthma in Office Workers: A Cross-Sectional Study

New research suggests that the seemingly innocuous environment of an office can cause asthma in some workers. The study found a variety of triggers from printer toner and cleaning products to poor ventilation and mold circulating in air conditioning.

Effect of azithromycin on bronchial wall thickness in severe persistent asthma

A new randomized clinical trial found that long-term treatment with azithromycin increased lumen radius and lumen area in patients with severe persistent asthma, but does not reduce bronchial wall thickness after eight months.

Frequency of persistent obesity 5 years after first time diagnosis of status asthmaticus

Findings from this study reinforce the view that when an obese child presents with status asthmaticus, a detailed assessment of physical activity, nutrition, and asthma control needs to be conducted to reduce the risk for persistent obesity and future asthma exacerbations.

Ward based inhaler technique service reduces exacerbations of asthma and COPD

Pharmacy support workers optimized patients’ inhaler technique and recommended protocol-guided switches in inhaler device to adults admitted to the respiratory units. This service produced a reduction in the rate of moderate-to-severe exacerbations of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and in the rate hospital admissions, length of stay and average cost of admission.