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Asthma Exacerbations in Children Decreased by Housing Mobility Program

This cohort study of 123 children from low-income families examined how moving the children from high-poverty to low-poverty neighborhoods impacted their asthma. The authors found a significant reduction in the number of asthma attacks.

Uncontrolled Asthma: Who’s at Highest Risk?

Utilizing data from EHRs, researchers identified risk factors associated with uncontrolled moderate-to-severe asthma. Race, Medicaid insurance, and eosinophils figured in heavily. Allergic rhinitis did not.

In Allergic Asthma, Type 2 Inflammation May Reduce COVID-19 Severity

New insights suggest that allergic asthma and the associated airway inflammation protect against COVID-19 viral replication.

Non-eosinophilic Asthma Is Common and Often Poorly Controlled

Among patients with severe asthma, non-eosinophilic asthma is as common as eosinophilic asthma and is poorly controlled, highlighting the need for a better path to management.

Asthma Meds: Can They be Eliminated After Weight-loss Surgery?

Investigators found that more than half of obese individuals who had metabolic and bariatric surgery were able to completely discontinue their asthma medications, resulting in significant financial savings and improved quality of life.
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Muscle Mass and Strength: An Association With Asthma Outcomes?

According to a study of patients with moderate to severe asthma, lower muscle mass was associated with worse airway obstruction and reduced exercise capacity, while lower grip strength was associated with worse asthma control and quality of life and more emergency department visits.

Severe Asthma and Mood Disorders: Do Genes Explain their Association?

These findings suggest that the genes that asthma and MDD share are involved in inflammation and immune response, both of which have been implicated in asthma and MDD symptom severity.

Q&A: Erick Forno, MD, MPH on DNA Methylation in Allergic Asthma

In this interview, Dr. Forno, of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, discusses the role of epigenetics in the pathogenesis of asthma, and how epigenetics can guide care.

Beta Blockers in Asthma: Which Ones Are Safe?

Asthma Control and Exacerbations: The Impact of Small Airway Disease

These data suggest that small airway disease, as measured by physiological testing, is correlated with an increased risk of asthma symptoms and exacerbations.

Childhood Asthma and the Long Shadows of Race, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomics

These findings suggest that structural solutions and policy changes are required to mitigate the racial disparities in asthma risk.

Q&A: In Allergic Asthma, What’s the Role of Biomarkers in Predicting Response to Biologics?

In an interview with MedPage Today, Wanda Phipatanakul, MD, MS, of Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, discusses the potential role of biomarkers in predicting response to biologic therapies among patients with allergic or eosinophilic asthma.
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Using Biologics and Biomarkers in Allergic Asthma

Dr. Corry, of Baylor College of Medicine, discusses eosinophilia as a biomarker in asthma, as well as the pittfalls of other biomarkers used in clinical trials. (1:41)

In Asthma, Why is the Farm Environment Protective?

In a recent review, Swiss researchers discuss various factors that are associated with “farm life,” and how they may be protective against asthma and allergies.

Q&A: Obesity-Related Asthma in Children and Adolescents

Erick Forno, MD, MPH, joins MedPage Today to answer questions about a recent study he co-authored examining the obesity-related asthma phenotype.

Thunderstorm Asthma: What Is It, and Who’s Susceptible?

This is beyond meteorology. Thunderstorm asthma is a real thing, and we’re learning more about who ends up in the emergency department with it.

Using Long-Acting Muscarinic Antagonists Appropriately in Allergic Asthma

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Steroids in Allergic Asthma: Potential Risks of Long-term Use

According to David Corry, MD, of Baylor, long term use of steroids has the potential to lead to more severe exacerbations. Here's when and how he prescribes them. (1:48)

Respiratory Allergic Diseases: A Better Way to Manage Children

This single-center Italian study demonstrated the importance of monitoring outdoor allergen counts in children with respiratory allergic symptoms.

Evaluating and Treating Difficult-to-Control Asthma: What About Comorbidities?

There’s new evidence that several comorbid conditions impact pediatric and adult patients with hard-to-control asthma. Identifying these other conditions promptly, experts agree, may improve symptoms and inform treatment selection.

Should You Assume that Allergic Asthma Patients have Airway Mycosis?


In Allergic Asthma, How Do Inhaled Corticosteroids and LABAs Fit in the Regimen?

Can Allergic Asthma Predict Future Cardiovascular Disease?

The winds appear to be blowing that way, according to a group of researchers in Austria who measured carotid intima-media thickness in teenagers with allergic and non-allergic asthma versus healthy controls.

Asthma and Childhood Peanut Allergies

A team of experts based in the U.K. has drawn new conclusions about possible links between peanuts and the following: cats, eczema, sensitization to eggs, and asthma, among others. Read on for more details.
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Asthma and COVID-19: Increased Disinfectant Use Contributes to Uncontrolled Symptoms

A University of Illinois study analyzed the effect of increased exposures to household disinfectants due to the COVID-19 pandemic in patients with asthma.