B Lauren Charous

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BACKGROUND Intranasal glucocorticoids are effective in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. Their effectiveness as an anti-inflammatory adjunct in the treatment of acute recurrent sinusitis has not been adequately established in a controlled clinical study. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that intranasal corticosteroid(More)
BACKGROUND Mometasone furoate nasal spray (MFNS) 400 microg, twice daily, as adjunctive treatment with oral antibiotic significantly improved symptoms of recurrent rhinosinusitis. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of MFNS 200 microg, twice daily, and 400 microg, twice daily, compared with placebo as adjunctive treatment with oral(More)
RATIONALE Airway inflammation in asthma is associated with increased activated CD25(+) T cells, IL-2, and soluble IL-2 receptors (IL-2Rs). OBJECTIVES A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study was used to evaluate the safety and efficacy of daclizumab, a humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody against the IL-2R alpha chain (CD25) of activated(More)
Natural rubber latex (NRL) allergy is a "new" illness whose prevalence reached epidemic proportions in highly exposed populations during the last decade. In children with spina bifida and in patients exposed to NRL during radiologic procedures, institution of prophylactic safety measures has had demonstrable effects in preventing allergic reactions. The(More)
Eleven patients with chronic uveitis treated with Cyclosporine were immunized with keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) and tetanus toxoid. Delayed cutaneous hypersensitivity responses, lymphocyte blastogenic responses, and antibody production were compared with those of similarly immunized control individuals. A significant decrease in delayed cutaneous(More)
To examine the possible usefulness of the immunomodulating antiinflammatory drug, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), in the treatment of asthma, we studied the response of 11 asthmatics, four severe symptomatic nonsteroid dependent and seven steroid-dependent, in an open label 28 week trial at doses of 300 to 400 mg/d. Evaluation measures included daily symptom(More)
Over the last decade, the prevalence of natural rubber latex (NRL) allergy has reached epidemic proportions among workers who use or who are exposed to powdered latex products. NRL-associated occupational asthma is confined largely to those exposed to powdered latex glove use or other latex aerosols. The most frequent presenting symptom of NRL allergy is(More)
BACKGROUND Recent reports have noted an apparent increase in the prevalence of natural rubber latex (NRL) allergy among workers with occupational latex exposure (OLE). The risk factors for and the natural history of NRL allergy in this population are not well delineated, and the utility and comparability of immunoassays as confirmatory testing are unclear.(More)