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Month: February 2020


Medicinal cannabis - what are patients asking their GP?

Medicinal Cannabis – what are patients asking their GP’s?

February 24, 2020

Around the world, there is a growing interest in the use of cannabis as a medicine. In New Zealand, a Medicinal Cannabis Scheme is currently being established to increase access to medicinal cannabis products. In light of this, we decided to ask kiwi General Practitioners (GPs) what patients have been...

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Inhaled steroids may have similar effects, both positive and negative, to steroids taken by mouth for asthma

February 17, 2020

Asthma symptoms and flare-ups are caused by inflammation of the airways. To treat this, anti-inflammatory medication such as corticosteroids are often prescribed. Most people with asthma are treated with corticosteroids using an inhaler (inhaled corticosteroids). Usually, this would be at a dose which mostly has an effect within the airways....

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Optimal asthma control: time for a new target

February 10, 2020

Day-to-day asthma treatment is widely based on a stepwise approach where care can be ‘stepped up’ to control symptoms, and ‘stepped down’ after a period of symptom control. We have written a review of potential problems with this approach.  Firstly, this model can only achieve ’total control’ of symptoms for...

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The AIR algorithm: a new approach to asthma care based on evidence of better outcomes, safety, and ease of use for patients

February 3, 2020

We have proposed a new treatment model for day-to-day asthma care: the anti-inflammatory reliever therapy based algorithm (AIR algorithm for short), based on a 2-in-1 combination inhaler. Day-to-day asthma care usually involves taking two types of medicines: Maintenance: regular scheduled treatment to control asthma symptoms and reduce the risk of...

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