Application of mindfulness techniques in patients with asthma or COPD.
Conclusions: Mindfulness interventions could increase psychological resources in situations related to asthma and COPD symptoms. More randomized control trials are needed. PMID: 32475186 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 3, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Differences in diagnostic patterns of obstructive airway disease between areas and sex in Sweden and Finland - The Nordic EpiLung Study.
Conclusion: The prevalence of respiratory symptoms and corresponding diagnoses varied between and within the countries. The proportion reporting a diagnosis of obstructive airway disease among individuals with respiratory symptoms varied, indicating differences in diagnostic patterns both between areas and by sex. PMID: 32475292 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 3, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Identifying the drivers of patients' reliance on short-acting β2-agonists in asthma.
Conclusion: This study confirmed the poor level of control patients have over their asthma, and how this affects their lifestyle and daily activities. Our results also confirmed that the patients' perception of both the disease and treatment plays a key role in SABA reliance and ICS underuse. PMID: 32469667 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 31, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Lung function changes in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma exposed to secondhand smoke in outdoor areas.
Conclusion: We conclude that acute, short-term SHS exposure had a statistically significant effect on spirometry in female asthma patients but did not significantly modify spirometric indices 24 h later in COPD patients. PMID: 32441557 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 24, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Augmented angiogenic transcription factor, SOX18, is associated with asthma exacerbation.
Conclusion: These results suggest that SOX18 may be involved in asthma pathogenesis and be associated with asthma exacerbation. PMID: 32419535 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 20, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Ambient pollen concentrations and asthma hospitalisation in children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Conclusion: Globally, grass and birch pollen are important triggers of childhood asthma hospitalisation, but the association could not be ascertained for other pollen taxa. Pollen is a major environmental trigger of asthma exacerbations and more focus on early interventions to reduce this burden needs to be considered. PMID: 32419541 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 20, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Low volume high intensity interval training leads to improved asthma control in adults.
CONCLUSION: A low-volume HIIT intervention led to statistically and clinically significant improvements in asthma control as well as improved exertional dyspnea and exercise enjoyment. PMID: 32370684 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 8, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

High serum free IL-18 level is associated with allergic but non-eosinophilic inflammation; findings from a study of 2-year omalizumab treatment.
Conclusions: High baseline serum free IL-18 levels may predict reduced omalizumab efficacy in severe allergic patients with type-2 low asthma, regarding reduction of exacerbations. PMID: 32375555 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 8, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Reducing the hidden burden of severe asthma: Recognition and referrals from primary practice.
This article aims to raise awareness of the potential, harmful side effects of prolonged or repeated exposure to systemic corticosteroids in asthma. It also highlights the importance of referral of the appropriate patients with asthma from primary care for specialist assessment once other considerations such as adherence, inhaler technique and co-morbidity have been evaluated. We propose a simple decision step that may help busy primary care physicians and general practitioners to identify patients who could benefit from specialist assessment.Our decision step suggests that a patient with asthma should be reviewed at least...
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 1, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Coronavirus HKU 1 infection with bronchiolitis, pericardial effusion and acute respiratory failure in obese adult female.
Authors: Bianchi F, Bennett D, Alderighi L, Pieroni M, Refini RM, Fossi A, Bargagli E, Mazzei MA, Guazzi G, Cusi MG, Sestini P Abstract Seven species of coronavirus cause of acute respiratory illness in humans. Coronavirus HKU 1 (CoV-HKU 1) was first described in 2005 in an adult patient with pneumonia in Hong Kong. Although it is a well-known respiratory tract pathogen, there is not much information about its role in hospitalized adults, especially in southern Europe. Here we describe a case of radiologically demonstrated CoV-HKU 1-related bronchiolitis with acute respiratory failure in an adult female without sig...
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 28, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Predictors of Future Acute Asthma Visits Among Children Receiving Guideline Recommended Emergency Department Discharge Management.
Conclusion: Children at risk for repeat acute asthma ED visits despite having a primary care provider and receiving recommended discharge management at their first ED visit can be identified by factors such as having a nut/peanut allergy, a prior asthma diagnosis, and higher severity symptoms at ED presentation. These factors can be used to target more intensive preventative interventions to those most in need. PMID: 32336173 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 28, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Current practice patterns, challenges, and educational needs of asthma care providers in the United States.
Authors: Singh S, Surani S, McGuinness S, Eudicone J, Gilbert I, Subramanian S Abstract Objective: For severe, uncontrolled asthma (SUA), a gap exists between recent scientific advances and their incorporation into clinical practice. Using a Knowledge-to-Action Framework, new knowledge can be translated into evidence-based interventions to improve outcomes. The AstraZeneca U.S. PRECISION initiative aims to apply this Framework to improve recognition and management of SUA. The study objective was to identify factors contributing to gaps in care for patients with SUA. Results from a needs assessment survey of U.S. pu...
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 28, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

"Severe-controlled" asthma 4 years later: is it still controlled?
This study reevaluated a community sample defined 4 years earlier as "severe-controlled" based on electronic medical records of medications dispensed over 12 months.Objectives: Determine the current extent of clinically-controlled asthma and asthma-related quality-of-life among patients previously considered "severe-controlled".Methods: 69 patients considered "severe-controlled" 4 years earlier answered a questionnaire that included the asthma control test (ACT), demographics, education, comorbidities, medications, asthma-related healthcare utilization, atopy history, environmen...
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 28, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Mycobacterium vaccae Nebulization Protects Balb/c Mice Against Bronchial Asthma Through Neural Mechanisms.
Conclusion: M. vaccae nebulization may protected in Balb/c mice against bronchial asthma through neural mechanisms. PMID: 32329381 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 25, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Daycare attendance and asthma control, Asthma Call-back Survey 2012-2014.
Conclusions: When adjusting for covariates, we observed no evidence of an association between daycare attendance in early life and uncontrolled asthma. PMID: 32312135 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 22, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Anxiety and depression in adult patients with asthma: the role of asthma control, obesity and allergic sensitization.
Authors: Bedolla-Barajas M, Morales-Romero J, Fonseca-López JC, Pulido-Guillén NA, Larenas-Linnemann D, Hernández-Colín DD Abstract Objective: To determine the frequency of anxiety and depression in adult patients with asthma and to identify factors associated with them. Methods: This cross-sectional study included 164 consecutively recruited patients with asthma aged ≥18 years. Participants were clinically assessed and the mental state was analyzed through of the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), the Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II); the Asthma Control Test (ACT) was measured, and a...
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 22, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

A Diagnostic Codes-Based Algorithm Improves Accuracy for Identification of Childhood Asthma in Archival Data Sets.
Conclusions: The diagnostic codes-based algorithm for identifying asthmatics improves accuracy of identification of asthma and can be a useful tool for large scale studies in a setting without automated chart review capabilities. PMID: 32315558 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 22, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Trend from 2001 to 2015 in the prevalence of bronchiectasis among patients hospitalized for asthma and effect of bronchiectasis on in-hospital mortality.
Authors: Sánchez-Muñoz G, López-de-Andrés A, Jiménez-García R, Hernández-Barrera V, Pedraza-Serrano F, Puente-Maestu L, de Miguel-Díez J Abstract Objective. We aimed to analyze the prevalence of bronchiectasis among patients hospitalized with asthma and to assess the effect of suffering bronchiectasis on in-hospital mortality (IHM).Methods. We used the Spanish National Hospital Discharge Database from 2000 to 2015 to evaluate all admissions for asthma exacerbation as the main diagnosis, dividing them according to the presence or absence of associated bronchiec...
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 21, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Work ability among middle-aged asthma patients - a 10 year follow-up study.
Conclusion: In the great majority of middle-aged asthma patients WAS remained stable throughout the follow-up period. However, 8% of the patients, who had more severe asthma and multiple co-morbidities, showed significantly poorer outcomes. PMID: 32308068 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 21, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Work-related asthma in cobalt-exposed workers.
Conclusions: WRA secondary to cobalt is associated with significant morbidity. Most of the cases were unaware of their medical diagnosis. PMID: 32308078 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 21, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Association of two polymorphisms of miRNA-146a rs2910164 (G   >  C) and miRNA-499 rs3746444 (T  >  C) with asthma: a meta-analysis.
Association of two polymorphisms of miRNA-146a rs2910164 (G > C) and miRNA-499 rs3746444 (T > C) with asthma: a meta-analysis. J Asthma. 2020 Apr 20;:1-9 Authors: Dong J, Sun D, Lu F Abstract OBJECTIVE: to conduct a meta-analysis to determine the association between two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) miRNA146a rs2910164 (G > C) and miRNA-499 rs3746444 (T > C) and asthma risk. DATA SOURCES: PubMed and Embase (updated May 17, 2019). KEYWORDS: (microRNA OR microRNAs) AND (polymorphism OR polymorphisms) AND (Asthmas OR Bron...
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 21, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Factors associated with knowledge of self-management of worsening asthma in primary care patients - a cross-sectional study.
CONCLUSION: Self-reported knowledge of self-management procedures was associated with a higher educational level, physician continuity, a written action plan, advanced treatment and, in women, visiting an asthma/COPD nurse. The results reinforce the importance of implementing guidelines of patient access to a specific physician, a written action plan, and structured education by an asthma/COPD nurse. PMID: 32283944 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 15, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Perception of oral corticosteroids in adult patients with asthma in France.
Conclusions: OCS for asthma is perceived efficient but associated with adverse effects. Patients seek alternative treatment. PMID: 32285714 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 15, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Severe asthma and eligibility for biologics in a Brazilian cohort.
Conclusions: More than half of patients with SA were eligible for biologic therapy in our study, but none of them received this form of treatment. Almost half of them were not eligible to any of the approved biologics, however. The variability and overlap in patients' eligibility highlight the importance of evaluating each patient individually for a more personalized treatment approach. While there is a need to increase access for some of those eligible that may really need a biologic treatment, continuous efforts are required to develop alternatives to those who are not eligible. PMID: 32270729 [PubMed - as supplied b...
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 11, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Parental Perception of a Picture-Based Chronic Asthma Care Management Tool in an Urban Pediatric Emergency Department.
Authors: Pade KH, Thompson LR, Ravandi B, Chang TP, Barry F, Halterman JS, Szilagyi PG, Okelo SO Abstract Background: National asthma guidelines recommend use of an asthma action plan (AAP) as part of chronic asthma care. Unfortunately, AAPs have not been tailored for use in acute care settings, where many patients at risk for poor chronic asthma care are seen, including those who are non-English-speaking or have low literacy levels. We previously developed a picture-based medication plan (PBMP), a unique type of AAP for use in an ambulatory setting and designed to increase patient use and understanding. However, l...
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 8, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Enhancement of cariogenic virulence properties of dental plaque in asthmatics.
Authors: Widhianingsih D, Koontongkaew S PMID: 32249711 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 8, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Clinical profile of severe asthmatics receiving biological treatment: see behind the scenes.
Authors: Kotsiou OS, Gourgoulianis KI, Daniil Z Abstract The confessional aspect of seeing behind the scenes in severe asthma by clinical severe asthma phenotyping could improve treatment outcomes, quality of life, morbidity, and mortality of asthma patients. The growing availability of rich clinical data could provide opportunities to address a broad range of real-world questions regarding clinical phenotyping and effective therapeutic approach of severe asthma. Accordingly, in this Letter to the Editor, we provide data relevant to constructing the clinical profile of a Greek severe asthma patient cohort who recei...
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 4, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

The asthma evidence base: a call for core outcomes in interventional trials.
Conclusion: With the growing number of clinical trials evaluating advanced therapies such as biologics, a wide range of primary and secondary outcomes are evaluated. A core outcome set created by relevant stakeholders is needed to collectively evaluate pooled outcomes in order to allow more meaningful comparisons of asthma therapies and to incorporate the patient experience. PMID: 32192353 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 22, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Asthma, Long-Term Asthma Control Medication and Tooth Wear in American Adolescents and Young Adults.
Conclusion: This cross-sectional analysis of national data shows that taking long-term asthma medication was positively associated with having tooth wear. PMID: 32189532 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 21, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Exploring the relationship between generalised anxiety/depression scales and asthma-specific quality of life/control questionnaires in a specialist asthma clinic.
Authors: Robinson R, Barber K, Jones G, Blakey J, Burhan H Abstract Introduction: Psychological issues are common in patients with chronic disabling diseases such as asthma. National guidance recommends that specialist asthma clinic attendees should complete questionnaires screening for psychological comorbidities. However, completing these in addition to asthma specific questionnaires can be burdensome. In order to investigate whether anxiety and depression questionnaires can be used in a targeted manner, this study investigates the correlation between the respective scores. We hypothesise that there is correlatio...
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 19, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Knowledge, practice pattern and attitude towards asthma management amongst physicians from Nepal, Malaysia, Lebanon, Myanmar and Morocco.
Conclusions: There are opportunities to improve the use of diagnostic and monitoring tools for asthma. Non-adherence, incorrect inhaler technique and cost remain a challenge to achieve good asthma control. Asthma education, including correct demonstration of inhaler, can potentially help to improve inhaler adherence. PMID: 32174204 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 18, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Validation of the breathmobile case identification survey for asthma screening in children with sickle cell disease.
Authors: Patel AP, Krupani S, Stark JM, Mosquera RA, Waller DK, Gonzales T, Brown DL, Nguyen TT, Jon CK, Yadav A Abstract Background: Asthma is a chronic airway disorder with variable/recurring symptoms, airflow obstruction, bronchial hyperresponsiveness, and an inflammation. The expert panel report of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute recommends asthma screening in sickle cell disease (SCD); however, specific approach is not mentioned. We hypothesize that the breathmobile case identification survey (BCIS) is a valid asthma screening tool in children with SCD.Methods: This prospective, single-center study...
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 14, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Reducing potentially preventable health events among patients with asthma through multi-state, multi-center quality improvement program.
This study examined the association between the implementation of the guideline-based quality improvement program and subsequent changes in asthma-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations. METHODS: This retrospective, interrupted time-series study used administrative claims data from a private insurer that provided coverage to patients receiving care from participating health centers (15 centers in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Illinois). The 12-month implementation period started in January 2013 for centers in Cohort 1 and October 2013 for centers in Cohort 2. The claims of 1,828 patients with asthma from...
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 14, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Deep learning approaches for sleep disorder prediction in an asthma cohort.
Conclusions: The results showed that the CNN model had the best performance for sleep disorder prediction in the asthma cohort. PMID: 32162565 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 14, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Identifying patients at risk of poor asthma outcomes specifically associated with inhaler technique.
CONCLUSIONS: Numerous specific patient demographic and clinical factors associated with the performance of these errors have been identified, differing according to device. Inhaler technique error associated with poor asthma outcomes is further widespread across devices. Knowledge of these factors and the frequency of their occurence may assist in optimising device selection and training. PMID: 32162572 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 14, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

The health care utilisation and out-of-pocket expenditure associated with asthma amongst a sample of Australian women aged over 45 years: analysis from the '45 and up' Study.
Conclusions: The breadth of conventional and complementary medicine health care services reported in this study, as well as the range of treatments that patients self-prescribe, highlights the challenges of coordinating care for individuals living with asthma. PMID: 32155089 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 12, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Diagnostic value of FeNO and MMEF for predicting cough variant asthma in chronic cough patients: Methodological issues.
Authors: Naderi M, Sabour S PMID: 32155100 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 12, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

The relationship between illness representations, alexithymia, coping strategies and subjective well-being among persons with asthma.
Authors: Shinan-Altman S, Katzav KO Abstract BACKGROUND: In order to examine subjective well-being (SWB) among persons with asthma, most of the existing studies have focused on disease-related variables or concentrated on illness representations, alexithymia and coping, making it difficult to determine whether the relationship between illness representations, alexithymia, coping and SWB is just an artifact of the disease's severity. OBJECTIVE: Based on the Self-Regulation Model, this study aimed to examine the interrelationships between the disease's characteristics (annual mean of asthma attacks, preventive tr...
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 12, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Implementing Pediatric Inpatient Asthma Pathways.
CONCLUSIONS: Hospitals implemented pathways with high fidelity. Barriers in modifying EHRs may have limited the reach of pathways to children hospitalized with asthma. PMID: 32160068 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 12, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Diagnostic accuracy of periostin in asthma: question before celebration.
Authors: Yang L, Zhao Q, Wang S PMID: 32149533 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 11, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Diagnostic comparison of methacholine and mannitol bronchial challenge tests for identifying bronchial hyperresponsiveness in asthma: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Authors: Lee J, Song JU Abstract Objective: Bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) is a representative feature of asthma. Although methacholine and mannitol are commonly used for bronchial challenge tests, the optimal roles of the two agents for assessing BHR remain unclear. We compared the diagnostic performance of methacholine and mannitol in bronchial challenge tests.Methods: A systematic literature search was performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Central Register. The sensitivity, specificity, diagnostic odds ratio (DOR), and a hierarchical summary of the receiver-operating characteristic curve (H...
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 8, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Impact of Asthma Severity on Long Term Asthma Control.
Authors: Sheikh SI, Ryan-Wenger NA, Pitts J, Nemastil CJ, Palacios S Abstract Background: Asthma is a common childhood disease with significant morbidity. Severe asthma accounts for just 4-6% of patients, but this group is more difficult to treat and is responsible for up to 40% of asthma expenses.Objective: The relationship between asthma severity and control is not well characterized. The main objective of this study was to determine impact of asthma severity on asthma control over time.Methods: This was a three year, prospective observational cohort study at a tertiary care children's hospital. Results were comp...
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 8, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Infant wheezing and prenatal antibiotic exposure and mode of delivery: a prospective birth cohort study.
Conclusions: Analyses of infectious and noninfectious wheezing subtypes suggests that children born by Cesarean sections may be more susceptible to infectious wheezing, warranting investigations into microbial factors of infectious wheezing. No significant associations were found between prenatal antibiotic exposure and wheezing types. PMID: 32141344 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 8, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Elevated Th17 Cell Frequencies and Th17/Treg Ratio Are Associated with Airway Hyperresponsiveness in Asthmatic Children.
Conclusion: Th17 cell, IL-17A and Th17/Treg ratio were positively correlated with AHR in asthmatic children. It may be helpful to monitor Th17 cells and the Th17/Treg ratio as indicators of AHR in clinical practice. PMID: 32114839 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - March 4, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Evaluation of a Spanish Language version of the Asthma Trigger Inventory.
Conclusion: Coherent trigger domains are readily identified and measured reliably by a Spanish-language ATI version. However, factor structures vary between samples from different Hispanic/Latino cultural and geographic domains. Culturally adapted versions of this instrument are therefore required for Hispanic/Latino population studies. PMID: 32089019 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - February 25, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Treatment patterns among non-active users of maintenance asthma medication in the United Kingdom: a retrospective cohort study in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink.
Conclusions: In previously non-active users of asthma maintenance medication subsequently commenced on maintenance therapy, intermittent use was common during the 2-year follow-up despite the potential need for regular use as evidenced by patient HCU and SABD usage patterns. This highlights the need for regular patient assessment and education on medication adherence to ensure appropriateness of prescribing to maintain asthma control. PMID: 32090642 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - February 25, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

High incidence rate of asthma among elite endurance athletes: a prospective 4-year survey.
Conclusion: The incidence rate of physician-diagnosed asthma is high among Swedish elite endurance athletes. PMID: 32077348 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - February 23, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Parental Quality of Life and Self-Efficacy in Pediatric Asthma.
Authors: Kan K, Fierstein J, Boon K, Kanaley M, Zavos P, Volerman A, Vojta D, Gupta RS Abstract Objective: Self-efficacy is the personal belief that a behavior can produce a desired result; and in asthma, self-efficacy in asthma care has been related to improvements in asthma outcomes and children's quality of life. To appreciate the full burden of asthma on families, the relationship between parental self-efficacy and quality of life also needs further study. We aim to characterize this relationship.Methods: Secondary analysis of measurements of parents of children with persistent asthma (n = 252; ag...
Source: Journal of Asthma - February 21, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Pharmacological interventions for the treatment of psychological distress in patients with asthma: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
CONCLUSIONS: There was great heterogeneity between studies and overall poor methodological quality providing insufficient evidence to make recommendations for or against the use of pharmacotherapy in asthma patients with psychological distress. Further confirmatory trials are warranted to make recommendations for clinical practice. PMID: 32065543 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - February 20, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Providing Individualized Written Asthma Action Plans During the Pediatric Emergency Department Visit.
CONCLUSIONS: Families who were provided a written asthma action plan during their pediatric emergency department visit for an asthma exacerbation reported fewer unplanned visits during the subsequent three months. PMID: 32066290 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - February 20, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research