Author | Debra Gordon

Articles

Clinicians Wait for Next Wave of Hepatitis C Antivirals

June 01, 2013

One expert calls it "HIV all over again," but the revolution in hepatitis C treatment has taken place more quickly. And the new drugs act more quickly and effectively.

COPD, Sleep Apnea, and Asthma: American Thoracic Society Conference Highlights

May 09, 2012

Among the information of interest to primary care: Asymptomatic smokers may show signs of COPD, and what to do about it. How to treat obstructive sleep apnea as effectively as a sleep center. And things you may not know about inhalers.

Inflammatory Biomarkers and Mortality in COPD

April 16, 2012

A panel of physiological markers of respiratory function adds significantly to the predictive value of clinical prognostic factors such as forced expiratory volume and age.

Corticosteroids for Asthma and Rhinitis: Safety and Efficacy Today

April 13, 2012

Despite widespread concern about the use of these drugs for patients with asthma and allergies, a review of the evidence shows that (used as recommended) there is very little risk from introducing a steroid into the upper respiratory system on a fairly regular basis, even for a child.

AAAAI Weighs In On Possibly Unnecessary Tests

April 11, 2012

As one of 17 medical organizations collaborating in the nationwide "Choosing Wisely" campaign to help doctors and patients work together to reduce unwarranted testing, the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology has made five suggested topics for discussion. Your patients with asthma and allergies may begin to raise the subject.

Is COPD Undertreated?

March 16, 2012

Troubling new evidence from the CDC raises questions about how COPD is not being adequately diagnosed and treated in many patients.

Spirometry: Thinking Beyond the COPD “Gold Standard”

March 15, 2012

The test can improve outcomes for COPD, but a new review outlines revised standards that call for going beyond spirometry to assess the status of patients with the condition.

At AAAAI Meeting: Asthma, Obesity, Medications, and More

March 13, 2012

At the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, held early this month in Florida, specialists learned a great deal that is important to primary care. Among the most noteworthy presentations: Why primary care isn't following asthma guidelines, the importance of body weight in asthma treatment, and the future of sublingual allergy drugs.

Prepare for Genomics to Personalize Asthma Treatment

February 25, 2012

The combination of electronic medical records and office-based genomic profiling, both on the visible horizon, could herald a coming era when asthma treatments are more rational and less empirical.