Steroid overuse common in severe asthma; vaping lung injuries top 1,000

Monday, October 7, 2019

One-third of patients with severe asthma are overusing corticosteroids

By Ted Bosworth

A Dutch study suggests up to 90% of asthma patients taking oral steroids could reduce exposure.

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Vaping-associated lung injury cases exceed 1,000

As of Oct. 1, there have been 1,080 confirmed and probable cases of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping.

Continuous NSAID use for ankylosing spondylitis may raise hypertension risk

Prospective cohort study results help to resolve findings from previous studies that left unclear results about NSAIDs’ hypertensive effects on patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

Tennessee’s Medicaid block grant proposal could have deep impacts

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee is requesting the federal government convert the state's Medicaid financing into a $7.9 billion lump sum.

Measles 2019: Most cases occurred in close-knit, undervaccinated communities

CDC researchers report on 22 outbreaks in 17 states.