January 2009 Briefing - Allergy

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for January 2009. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Clinical Information Technology Leads to Safer Hospitals

TUESDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals that make use of clinical information technology to automate notes, records, order entry and clinical decision support have lower mortality rates, fewer complications and also save money, according to a report published in the Jan. 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Occupational Exposures Increase Nurses' Asthma Risk

THURSDAY, Jan. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Nurses who are exposed to occupational cleaning products and disinfectants may have an increased risk of new-onset asthma, according to a report published online Jan. 22 in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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Prednisolone Ineffective for Virus-Induced Wheezing

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The oral corticosteroid prednisolone should not be routinely given to children with wheezing due to a viral infection, according to research published in the Jan. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Multiple Factors Determine Childhood Asthma Prescriptions

THURSDAY, Jan. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Patient, family and physician characteristics all play a significant role in driving the prescription of asthma medication to children, researchers report in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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