With winter well and truly upon us, we are urging people with asthma to complete our Asthma Winter Checklist, and health professionals can play their part by checking action plans and medications and encouraging patients over the age of 65 or those with more severe asthma to have a flu vaccination.
Australians with asthma are being warned to be extra vigilant this winter, as hospitalisations due to asthma spike in June, particularly for adults over 65 years.
Higher death rates are reported in older people with asthma who are admitted to hospital in winter months.
Earn QI&CPD points on acute asthma in MedicineToday
"Acute asthma remains a common and potentially serious problem for children in Australia."
Minimising the risk of acute asthma in children is co-authored by Australian Asthma Handbook Guidelines Committee member and acute asthma working group Chair Professor Peter Wark. This is the second time in 2015 one of our Honorary Contributors has been featured in MedicineToday.
RACGP members can earn QI&CPD points by reading the article and completing the related module.
Diet and asthma study launched at Hunter Medical Research Institute
Respiratory researchers from one of Australia's leading asthma institutes are looking into whether a high-fibre diet can reduce airway inflammation in people with asthma.
“What you eat when you have asthma is important,” lead researcher Associate Professor Lisa Wood from the Hunter Medical Research Instiute (HMRI) said, as a call was made for people with asthma from Hunter Valley area to participate in the randomised controlled trial.
“Some foods may be detrimental for asthma sufferers, such as fast foods that are high in saturated fat, while things like fruit and vegetables are beneficial. Our study will examine whether this process also improves lung health"
More evidence on the benefits of exercise for people with asthma
Supporting our strongest recommendations in the Australian Asthma Handbook, a randomised controlled trial published in Thorax this monthhas demonstrated the benefits of physical activity to patients with moderate or severe asthma.
The results of the study showed reduced bronchial hyperresponsiveness and improved quality of life, suggesting that adding exercise as an adjunct therapy to pharmacological treatment could improve the main features of asthma.