SMJ Article | Review Article

Use of Dupilumab in Glucocorticoid-Dependent Asthma

Of the patients with asthma, 20% to 25% progress to severe symptoms, resulting in poor quality of life and increased episodes of exacerbation. There is a broad range of drugs used for asthma; the most used medications for severe asthma are inhaled glucocorticoids with or without long-acting β-agonists. Systemic glucocorticoids...

Posted in: Asthma2

SMJ Article | Original Article

CME Article: Common Variable Immune Deficiency: An Outpatient Experience

Objectives: Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is one of the most common primary immunodeficiencies encountered by physicians, yet it is still poorly described and vastly underdiagnosed and underreported. It is characterized by low levels of immunoglobulins IgG, IgM, and IgA, recurrent infections, and an increased incidence of autoimmune conditions and malignancies....

Posted in: Allergy and Immunology7 Autoimmune Systemic Disorders2

SMJ Article | Multidisciplinary Clinical Case Study

When Statins Get Physical: A Curious Cause of Statin Myopathy

We present the case of a 61-year-old male with hyperlipidemia and lumbar radiculopathy admitted to our hospital with rhabdomyolysis attributed to the recent initiation of statin therapy. Despite aggressive fluid resuscitation and an initial declination in his creatine phosphokinase (CPK) levels, he had persistent myalgias with progressive weakness. Rheumatologic and...

Posted in: Autoimmune Systemic Disorders2 Diseases of Muscle & Neuromuscular Function1

CME Course | Free | Credits: 1.0

Clinical Outcomes of Noninvasive Ventilation in Asthma, Bronchiectasis, and Other COPD

In this study, the authors sought to determine clinical outcomes, prevalence, patient profiles and systems characteristics associated with the use of NIV in patients with asthma, bronchiectasis, and other COPD.

Posted in: Asthma1

SMJ Article | Review Article

Walking Speed and Mortality: An Updated Systematic Review

Objective: The aim of our systematic review was to update the current evidence on the association between slow walking speed (WS) and mortality, expanding the current knowledge available in the literature. Methods: A systematic review of the published data on the association of WS and mortality was carried out by...

Posted in: Allergy and Immunology7

SMJ Article | Original Article

CME Article: Use of e-Cigarettes and Development of Respiratory Conditions in Women of Childbearing Age

Objective: Women of childbearing age are encouraged not to smoke because of well-documented adverse health outcomes. This study examines the association between e-cigarette use and respiratory conditions (asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]) among women of childbearing age. Methods: The study used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance...

Posted in: Asthma2

SMJ Article | Review Article

Red Meat Allergies after Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum) Bites

Red meat allergies have followed tick bites on every continent except Antarctica. The sensitizing antigen is galactose-α-1,3-galactose (α-gal), an oligosaccharide constituent of nonprimate blood and meat, acquired by ticks during animal bloodfeeding. Because red meat allergy after tick bites is a worldwide phenomenon, the objectives of this review were to...

Posted in: Allergy and Immunology7

SMJ Article | Original Article

CME Article: Impact of β-Lactam Allergies on Antimicrobial Selection in an Outpatient Setting

Objective: The primary objective of this study was to determine whether patients prescribed nonpreferred antibiotics received appropriate alternative antibiotics.Methods: This was a retrospective observational analysis of military veteran patients with a β-lactam allergy treated in an outpatient clinic or emergency department for an infection during a 5-year span. Antibiotic regimens...

Posted in: Allergy and Immunology7
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