Month: October 2020

Did COVID-19 precautions prevent this year’s flu epidemic in the southern hemisphere?

October 23, 2020

In a letter published in The Lancet today, we noted that this Winter there was no epidemic of influenza (the flu) in the southern hemisphere – the first time this has happened since records began! We think this is due to the community measures to prevent COVID-19 spread, such as...

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Asthma pathology Medical Illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns

The timing is more important than the total dose of inhaled corticosteroid in mild asthma

October 14, 2020

In asthma care, inhaled steroids treat the inflammation driving symptoms, and β2-agonists like Salbutamol relieve symptoms quickly to make breathing easier. We found that by taking these medicines together in a combined inhaler early when symptoms started to flare up, patients were able to better match the amount of steroid...

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