New data analyses presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress in Vienna show that long-term treatment with omalizumab (Xolair®) significantly improves a range of outcomes for people with severe persistent allergicasthma, a chronic condition affecting an estimated 14,315 people in the UK4. Asthma can be a devastating condition, causing an average of three deaths in the UK every day, 90% of which are preventable with optimal management5.
Corticosteroids, frequently prescribed to alleviate acute sinusitis, show no clinical benefit in treating the condition, according to a randomized controlled trial published in ;CMAJ ;
The common cold is the main cause of acute sinusitis, which is characterized by inflammation of the nasal cavities, blocked nasal passages and sometimes headaches and facial pain. Allergies and bacteria can also cause the condition, which is uncomfortable and difficult to treat. Antibiotics are a common treatment, despite the fact that the cause is often viral and will not respond to antibiotics. Corticosteroids are increasingly being used to alleviate symptoms, although the evidence for efficacy is inconclusive.
For egg allergy, dietary avoidance is the only currently approved treatment. We evaluated oral immunotherapy using egg-white powder for the treatment of children with egg allergy.
If you’re allergic to eggs, a doctor has probably told you to avoid the protein. But researchers have now found that eating small amounts of egg for several months may lower the allergic reaction.