August 2016 Briefing - Allergy

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for August 2016. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

ACA Is Helping More Americans Afford Prescriptions

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Though a growing number of Americans are able to afford prescription medications, millions still have difficulty, according to a study published online Aug. 23 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Intranasal Steroids Underused in Chronic Rhinosinusitis

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For adult patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), topical intranasal steroid therapy is underused, with an overall rate of utilization of 20.1 per 100 patients, according to research published online Aug. 25 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Bronchiolitis Plus Gene Variant Raises Asthma Risk in Children

FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A common genetic variation significantly increases the odds of asthma in children who've had a severe respiratory illness at a young age, according to research published online Aug. 24 in PLOS ONE.

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Higher Incidence of Edema With Bacteriuria in C1-INH-HAE

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with hereditary angioedema due to C1-inhibitor deficiency (C1-INH-HAE), those with bacteriuria have a higher number of edematous attacks, according to a study published online Aug. 22 in Allergy.

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Cardiovascular Disease Risk Up in Late-Onset Asthma Patients

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Late-onset asthma may increase risk for incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, according to a study published online Aug. 24 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Steep Rise in U.S. Drug Prices Tied to Patent Monopolies

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription drug prices are skyrocketing in the United States due in large part to government regulations, according to a study published in the Aug. 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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ACA Has Increased Rx Drug Use, Cut Out-of-Pocket Spending

MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased prescription use and reduced out-of-pocket spending, according to a report published online Aug. 17 in Health Affairs.

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Treating Peanut Allergy Early in Childhood Yields Best Results

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Oral immunotherapy for peanut allergies may work better if it's given to children earlier, even as young as 9 months, according to a study published online Aug. 10 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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Legal Issues Impact Delivery of Telehealth

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Telehealth technologies can allow delivery of high-quality care at a lower cost, especially in underserved areas, but there is currently no uniform legal approach to telehealth, hampering its provision, according to a Health Policy Brief published online Aug. 15 in Health Affairs.

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Acetaminophen Appears Safe for Children With Mild Asthma

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen does not worsen asthma symptoms in young children, according to a study published in the Aug. 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Residents Often Order Perceived Unnecessary Lab Tests

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Residents frequently order perceived unnecessary inpatient laboratory tests, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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U.S. Female Doctors Reimbursed Significantly Less Than Males

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Female doctors in the United States make much less than their male colleagues, according to a study published online Aug. 15 in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

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Alitretinoin Cuts Chronic Hand Eczema Severity

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Alitretinoin treatment aids in normalizing expression of barrier genes and proteins in patients with chronic hand eczema (CHE), according to a study published online Aug. 2 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Many U.S. Hospitals Offer Language Services

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, 68.8 percent of hospitals offer language services, with the proportion increasing with level of need, according to research published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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Cowhage Provocation, Histamine Skin Testing ID Atopic Dermatitis

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Topical cowhage provocation and skin prick testing with histamine can diagnose atopic dermatitis (AD), according to a study published online July 29 in Allergy.

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ATS Issues Conditional Guidance for Persistent Infantile Wheezing

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A committee sanctioned by the American Thoracic Society has developed conditional guidelines for the diagnostic evaluation of infants with recurrent or persistent wheezing, but more research is needed. The guidelines were published in the Aug. 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Amish Farm Environment May Protect Children From Asthma

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Amish environment seems to provide protection against asthma and allergic sensitization, according to a study published in the Aug. 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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House Dust Mite Immunotherapy Effective for Allergic Rhinitis

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with allergic rhinitis (AR), house dust mite (HDM) sublingual immunotherapy is effective and seems safe, according to a study published online July 29 in Allergy.

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European Countries Implementing Cost-Sharing

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- European health systems are requiring an increase in cost-sharing measures for patients 50 years of age and older, according to research published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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