March 2016 Briefing - Allergy

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for March 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.

Omalizumab Effective for Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Omalizumab is effective in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) symptoms and angioedema unresponsive to high doses of antihistamine treatment, according to a study published online March 24 in Allergy.

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AMA Addresses Elements of Team-Based Care Model

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The elements of a team-based care model are described in a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Sex Hormones, Inflammation Affect Asthma in Obese Women

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sex hormones and systemic inflammation may be mediating the obese-asthma phenotype, according to a study published online March 23 in Allergy.

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Local Allergic Rhinitis Responds to Allergen Immunotherapy

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (DP) subcutaneous allergen immunotherapy (AIT) seems safe and effective for local allergic rhinitis (LAR), according to a study published online March 23 in Allergy.

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How Can We Fix the Wage Gap Among Female Physicians?

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women doctors can address the gender wage disparity by understanding the reasons why they earn less, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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β-Carotene, Lycopene Prevent Dermatitis in Murine Model

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Oral administration of β-carotene or lycopene prevents atopic dermatitis (AD)-like dermatitis in HR-1 hairless mice, according to an experimental study published online March 19 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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FDA Approves Cinqair for Severe Asthma

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cinqair (reslizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat severe asthma among adults 18 and older.

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FDA: Most Powdered Medical Gloves Should Be Banned in U.S.

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to ban most powdered medical gloves, saying they pose serious health risks to patients and health care providers alike.

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Case Before Supreme Court May Expose Doctors to Large Fines

FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A case before a state supreme court could potentially expose physicians to large fines based on a legal technicality relating to what they should have known, rather than what they knew, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Spending on Prescription Meds Up About 5 Percent in 2015

THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spending on prescription medications for insured Americans increased about 5 percent in 2015, with the increase half of that seen in 2014, the Associated Press reported.

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CDC: Obesity Contributing to Hike in Asthma Rates Among Women

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As weight rises, so too does the risk for asthma, according to a March data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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DNA Methylation in Adulthood Linked to Season of Birth

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- DNA methylation in adulthood is associated with season of birth and may influence the effect of season of birth on allergy, according to a study published online March 12 in Allergy.

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Disruptive Patients Distract Docs, May Receive Compromised Care

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Disruptive patients may get worse care from physicians, according to a study published online March 7 in BMJ Quality & Safety. The findings aren't definitive because the researchers tested how physicians responded in fictional vignettes, instead of real-life encounters. Still, the results suggest that such patients distract physicians from doing their jobs.

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Mayo Clinic Has Established Model to Help Battle Burnout

TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In an effort to reduce burnout among physicians, the Mayo Clinic is initiating a model to raise camaraderie and increase collaboration, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Guidance Offered for Negotiating Higher Rates From Payers

MONDAY, March 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Negotiations to increase payment from insurance companies can be extremely difficult, although it is possible to get a payment increase, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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E-Consultations Can Improve Access to, Timeliness of Care

MONDAY, March 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic consultation (e-consultation), an asynchronous, non-face-to-face consultation between a primary care physician and a specialist, can improve access to care and reduce wait times, according to a study published in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Allergen Components ID Latex-Induced Occupational Asthma

FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of specific immunoglobulin E (sIgE) reactivity to recombinant Hevea brasiliensis (rHev b) can diagnose natural rubber latex (NRL) allergy, according to a study published online March 4 in Allergy.

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Hydrolyzed Infant Formulas Don't Shield Against Asthma, Allergies

THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence is lacking that hydrolyzed infant formulas protect children from autoimmune disorders, according to a review published online March 8 in The BMJ.

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Physicians' Contracts Can Affect Patients, Professionalism

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Problematic clauses in physicians' contracts can impact patient care and professionalism, according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published online March 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Excimer Laser Efficacious for Chronic Hand and Foot Eczema

THURSDAY, March 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Excimer laser (308 nm) is efficacious for patients with chronic hand and foot eczema (CHFE), according to research published online Feb. 24 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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SCOTUS: States Can't Force Health Care Data Release

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Supreme Court has ruled against state efforts to collect health care data from insurance plans.

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Spouse Education Level May Impact Choice for Rural Practice

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians who are married to a highly-educated spouse are less likely to work in rural underserved areas, according to a study published in the March 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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