Saturday Links: Asthma Research, Diesel Pollution, Antibiotics, Singulair
Bronchial Thermoplasty Still Looks Good, Five Years On
At the AAAAI annual meeting, researchers presented results showing none of their 5-year study participants required hospitalization while receiving bronchial thermoplasty treatments. Plus, researchers recorded only 5 ER visits during those years.
Bronchial thermoplasty involves using radio waves to burn off smooth muscle fiber in the bronchioles, limiting bronchospasms for asthmatics. Right now, scientists are studying the procedure for patients who can’t get good asthma control any other way.
Antibiotics Just Don’t Seem to Help Sinus Infections
So what are you waiting for? Start using the nasal washes instead. Seriously, I swear by them.
Asthma Control with Singulair
While I wrote about asthma control with inhaled steroids in the tab above, one other option for preventative medication is leukotriene modifiers like Singulair. Check out Rick’s explanation this week.