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Episode 70: More studies you need to know about – Part II

In episode 70, we continue with the “Two Mikes” and discuss a number of issues surrounding asthma treatment. We debate back and forth on the use of LABAs and their use alone or in combination and then come to complete agreement on the duration of prednisone for acute exacerbations. During the podcast James tries to steal the mic away and gets into trouble with Mike because Mike thought James was trying to steal Mike away from Mike.

Show Notes

1) LABAs in patients with asthma – risks and benefits

Cochrane 2008;4:CD006923

Cochrane 2008;3:CD006363

Cochrane 2009;2:CD006924

Cochrane 2009;3:CD006922

NEJM 2009;360:1592-95

2) Short course (3 days) of oral steroids for asthma exacerbations

Medical Journal of Australia 2008;189:306–10

3) Doubling the dose of inhaled corticosteroids provides no benefit but what about quadrupling the dose?

Lancet 2004;363:271-5

Thorax 2004;59:550–6

Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2009;180:598-602

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