Monthly Archives: September 2013

What should I do to prepare for this flu season?

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season.
In addition, you can take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others.

Read more on CDC website.

Bronchial Thermoplasty provides long-term asthma control

Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) is a non-pharmacologic treatment for asthma that has been shown to result in significant improvements in a number of asthma control measures in three randomized clinical trials in patients with moderate-to-severe, persistent asthma. The Asthma Intervention Research 2 (AIR2) Trial, a double-blind, sham-controlled, randomized clinical trial of BT in patients with severe asthma, showed a 32% reduction in severe exacerbations, an 84% reduction in emergency room (ER) visits due to respiratory symptoms, and a 66% reduction in time lost from work/school/other daily activities due to asthma symptoms compared to a sham-treated group in the first year following the BT treatment period (day of first BT procedure until 6 weeks after the last bronchoscopy, approximately 12 weeks).

Read more on AAAAI website