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Asthma News – March 28-31, 2020

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

E-Cigarette Devices and Policies Webinar, April 21st @ 1 PM - Register Today!

Michigan Primary Care Association presents this webinar (first in a 2-part series) to help health care professionals learn more about how electronic cigarettes operate, their public health consequences, connection to youth, the “E-cigarette policy climate” in Michigan and resources that can help. MPCA has applied for 1 CME for participants.

Michigan executive order for community pharmacists and prescribing physicians (pdf)

Until April 22, pharmacists are authorized to:
  • Dispense 60-day emergency refills of any non-controlled substance maintenance medication.
  • Substitute a therapeutically equivalent medication for a medication that is experiencing a shortage.

CDC: Preliminary Estimates of the Prevalence of Selected Underlying Health Conditions Among Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019

Based on preliminary U.S. data, persons with underlying health conditions such as diabetes mellitus, chronic lung disease (asthma), and cardiovascular disease, appear to be at higher risk for severe COVID-19–associated disease than persons without these conditions.

The role of nutrition in asthma prevention and treatment

A new meta-analysis found that dietary components such as antioxidants, fiber, polyunsaturated fatty acids, total and saturated fat, and vitamin D consumption likely affect immune pathways involved in the pathophysiology of asthma.

Dupilumab Reduces Doses of Oral Corticosteroids for Asthma Patients

Dupilumab reduced the oral corticosteroid dose from baseline to week 24 in both patients with and without allergic rhinitis. The treatment also reduced the annualized rate of severe asthma exacerbations over 24 weeks when compared to the placebo.