The burden of adult asthma in Finland: impact of disease severity and eosinophil count on health care resource utilization.
Authors: Viinanen A, Lassenius MI, Toppila I, Karlsson A, Veijalainen L, Idänpään-Heikkilä JJ, Laitinen T Abstract Objective: To describe health care resource utilization (HCRU) and associated costs in adult patients referred for specialist asthma care in Southwest Finland, by disease severity and blood eosinophil count (BEC). Methods: This non-interventional, retrospective registry study (GSK ID: HO-17-17558) utilized data from patients>18 years of age on the hospital register of the Hospital District of Southwest Finland. Data extraction was from January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2015;...
Source: Journal of Asthma - July 5, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

The relationship between heart rate and VO2 in moderate-to-severe asthmatics.
Conclusions: This is the first study to confirm a constant equivalence between %HRR and %VO2R in outpatients with moderate or severe asthma. Our data also suggest that the relationship between %HRR and %VO2peak is unreliable. These results support the use of %HRR in relation to %VO2R to estimate exercise intensity in this population, independently of the pulmonary function and fitness level. PMID: 31267781 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - July 5, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Comparing inhaled medications reported by adolescents with persistent asthma and their caregivers.
Conclusions: Most dyads identified different numbers of inhaled medications, with substantial disagreement over controller medications. Working to ensure a basic understanding of treatment plans may promote successful self-management in persistent childhood asthma. PMID: 31264485 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - July 4, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Healthcare resource utilization, expenditures, and productivity in patients with asthma with and without allergies.
Conclusions: Patients with PA-EA had greater HCRU, healthcare expenditures, and lower productivity compared with those patients with PA-NEA. These results highlight the burden of atopy in patients with persistent asthma and underscore the importance of allergic endotype identification for more vigilant disease management. PMID: 31264894 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - July 4, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Usability of mepolizumab single-use prefilled autoinjector for patient self-administration.
Conclusions: Patients/caregivers successfully self-administered mepolizumab via the AI both in-clinic and at home; no new safety concerns were identified. PMID: 31251090 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - July 1, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Impact of exacerbations on St George's Respiratory Questionnaire score in patients with severe asthma: post hoc analyses of two clinical trials and an observational study.
Conclusions: These findings support an association between a higher number of exacerbations and worse health status in patients with severe (eosinophilic) asthma. PMID: 31251094 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - July 1, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Emergency department visit count: a practical tool to predict asthma hospitalization in children.
Authors: Giangioppo S, Bijelic V, Barrowman N, Radhakrishnan D Abstract OBJECTIVES: Resource limitations and low rates of follow-up with primary care providers currently limit the impact of emergency department (ED)-based preventative strategies for children with asthma. A mechanism to recognize the children at highest risk of future hospitalization is needed to target comprehensive preventative interventions at discharge. The primary objective of this study was to determine if frequency of ED visits predicts future asthma hospitalization in children. METHODS: Children aged 2-16.99 years with asthma ED visits b...
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 22, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Asthma control and quality of life in adolescents: the role of illness perceptions, medication beliefs, and adherence.
Conclusions: Stimulating positive illness perceptions and medication beliefs might improve adherence, which in turn might lead to improved disease control and better quality of life. PMID: 31225980 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 22, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Inhaled corticosteroids prescriptions increased in the ED for recurrent asthma exacerbations by automated electronic reminders in the ED.
Conclusion: An electronic alert incorporated into the ED workflow to populate a discharge order set is effective to initiate asthma controller medication for poorly controlled pediatric patients. Additional data describing reasons for not prescribing ICS can further refine recommendations for ICS prescriptions, and provide a comprehensive strategy to support clinical decision for pediatric asthma control in acute care settings. PMID: 31226000 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 22, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

"At a loss of what to do": a qualitative analysis of parents' online discussion forums about their administration of asthma inhalers to their young children.
Conclusion: The online discussions highlight parents' distress, lack of preparedness, and understanding of administering inhaler devices to young children. While the prevalence of the problem cannot be estimated from our data, it illustrates a need for some healthcare professionals to review their own knowledge and skills in administration of inhaled medication to younger patients, and their provision of patient and family centered care. PMID: 31215826 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 21, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Associations between Overweight and Obesity and Asthma Outcomes in Urban Adolescents.
Authors: Rhee H, Love T, Groth SW, Grape A, Tumiel-Berhalter L, Harrington D Abstract Objective: To examine the prevalence of overweight and obesity in urban adolescents with asthma and to investigate the relationships between anthropometric measures and asthma outcomes including quality of life, asthma control and lung function. Methods: Adolescents with an asthma diagnosis, 12-20 years-old, were recruited from three urban communities in the United States. Spirometry and anthropometric data including height, weight, and waist circumferences were collected along with questionnaire data measuring quality of life, as...
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 18, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

The role of pharmacists in the pharmaceutical care of asthma patients in Yogyakarta, Indonesia: the patients' views.
Conclusion: Given the accessibility of community pharmacy venues and readiness of the profession for more involved care of chronic disease patients, it may be recommended that Indonesian community pharmacists should adopt the provision of pharmaceutical care models for asthma. Such pharmaceutical care models need to incorporate patients' unique sociocultural health beliefs, preferences for alternative medicines and family/social peer involvement as well as stronger collaboration between pharmacists and physicians. PMID: 31204546 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 18, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Characterizing environmental asthma triggers and healthcare use patterns in Puerto Rico.
We examined environmental asthma triggers, including outdoor allergens (i.e., mold and pollen), particulate pollution, and influenza-like illness. Analyses included descriptive statistics and Poisson time-series regression. Results: During 2013, there were 550,655 medical asthma claims reported to the Puerto Rico Healthcare Utilization database, representing 148 asthma claims/1,000 persons; 71% of asthma claims were outpatient visits, 19% were hospitalizations, and 10% were ED visits. Females (63%), children aged ≤9 years (77% among children), and adults aged ≥45 years (80% among adults) had the majorit...
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 14, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Structural lung abnormalities on computed tomography correlate with asthma inflammation in bronchoscopic alveolar lavage fluid.
Authors: Roach DJ, Ruangnapa K, Fleck RJ, Rattan MS, Hossain MM, Guilbert TW, Woods JC Abstract Objective: Image scoring systems have been developed to assess the severity of specific lung abnormalities in patients diagnosed with various pulmonary diseases except for asthma. A comprehensive asthma imaging scoring system may identify specific abnormalities potentially linking these to inflammatory phenotypes. Methods: Computed tomography (CT) images of 88 children with asthma (50 M/38 F, mean age 7.8 ± 5.4 years) acquired within 12 months of bronchoscopic alveolar lavage flu...
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 14, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Small airway inflammation is associated with residual airway hyperresponsiveness in Th2-high asthma.
Authors: Asano T, Kanemitsu Y, Takemura M, Fukumitsu K, Kurokawa R, Inoue Y, Takeda N, Yap JMG, Ito K, Kitamura Y, Fukuda S, Ohkubo H, Maeno K, Ito Y, Oguri T, Niimi A Abstract Background: Asthma is characterized by airway inflammation, variable airflow obstruction and airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR). Generally, AHR takes longer to resolve than does airflow obstruction or clinical symptoms. AHR occasionally persists despite adequate asthma treatment. Objective: To evaluate factors which associates with residual AHR in patients with seemingly remitted airway inflammation. Methods: Patients who exhibited high fracti...
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 7, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Advantage of inhaled corticosteroids as additional therapy to systemic corticosteroids for pediatric acute asthma exacerbations: a cost-effectiveness analysis.
Conclusions. This study shows that compared with standard therapy with SCs, ICS + SCs for treating pediatric patients with acute asthma exacerbations is the preferred strategy because it was associated with a lower probability of hospital admission, at lower total treatment costs. PMID: 31164017 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 7, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

A Rare Case of Refractory Asthma Managed with Azathioprine.
Conclusion Azathioprine is still an investigational agent for the management of asthma and more research needs to be done to evaluate its role. To our knowledge, this is the second case report which details the therapeutic role of Azathioprine in the management of asthma. PMID: 31164022 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 7, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Acceptability of a theory-based adherence intervention for adults with asthma - a person-based approach.
Conclusions: Patient feedback allowed us to refine our intervention strategy prior to running costly feasibility trials. Patient-based approaches for intervention planning may facilitate implementation and acceptability of interventions in practice. PMID: 31155979 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 5, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

FeNO level and allergy status among school children in Terengganu, Malaysia.
Conclusion: Asthma, respiratory symptoms and sensitization to HDM and cat are common among students and presence of elevated FeNO levels indicate ongoing airway inflammation. PMID: 31155989 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 5, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Observational study of mental health in asthmatic women during the prenatal and postnatal periods.
Conclusions: These findings indicate that pregnant women with asthma frequently report issues with psychopathology during the prenatal and postnatal periods, and that the subjective perception of asthma control may be more related to psychopathology than objective asthma measures. However, due to sample bias, these findings are likely to be understated. PMID: 31148493 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 4, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Four seasons of Czech asthma study: asthma characteristics and management reality in the Czech Republic.
Conclusions: The quality of asthma management in the Czech Republic is comparable to that of other developed countries and better in some respects (frequent BDT, phenotyping, and use of preventive treatment). Nevertheless, there is unnecessary delay in diagnosis and lack of research on possible environmental causes (workplace, molds). Pharmacotherapy shows good adherence to guidelines. Although 10% of patients show poor control, there is concurrently a trend for overtreatment. PMID: 31144543 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - June 1, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Effects of air pollution on moderate and severe asthma exacerbations.
Conclusions: Asthma exacerbations may be associated with the seasonal elevation of O3, SO2 and NO2 levels in summer and winter with the similar relative risk between moderate and severe exacerbations. PMID: 31122089 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 29, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Comparison of Two Continuous Nebulized Albuterol Doses in Critically Ill Children with Status Asthmaticus.
Conclusions: In our PICU cohort of children with status asthmaticus, use of 10 mg/hr continuous albuterol was associated with lower fluid bolus resuscitation without more adjunctive therapies. These findings support the safety of lower doses in this population. Prospective studies evaluating the efficacy and toxicity of specific continuous albuterol dosages in critically ill children with status asthmaticus are warranted. PMID: 31119958 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 25, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Trends and Predictors of Hospitalization after Emergency Department Asthma Visits among U.S. Adults, 2006-2014.
Authors: Lin MP, Vargas-Torres C, Schuur JD, Shi D, Wisnivesky J, Richardson LD Abstract BACKGROUND: Asthma hospitalizations are an ambulatory care-sensitive condition; a majority originate in emergency departments (EDs). OBJECTIVE: Describe trends and predictors of adult asthma hospitalizations originating in EDs. METHODS: Observational study of ED visits resulting in hospitalization using a nationally representative sample. We tested trend in hospitalization rates from 2006ΜΆ 2014 using logistic regression, then assessed the association between hospitalization rates and patient and hospital characteristic...
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 23, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Steroid Variability in Pediatric Inpatient Asthmatics: Survey on Provider Preferences of Dexamethasone versus Prednisone.
This study evaluates provider preference for inpatient steroid treatment. METHODS: A survey was distributed to providers who care for inpatient pediatric asthmatics. Respondents answered questions about steroid choice and timing. Data was summarized as percentages; bivariate comparisons were analyzed with Pearson's chi-squared test. RESULTS: Ninety-two providers completed the survey(60% response rate). When patients received dexamethasone in the ED, subsequent inpatient management was variable: 44% continued dexamethasone, 14% switched to prednisone, 2% said no additional steroids, and 40% said it depended on the s...
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 23, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Female-specific risk factors associated with risk of ACO (Asthma COPD Overlap) in Aboriginal People.
CONCLUSION: The results of our study may offer useful evidence for future development of female-specific prevention and public health intervention programs in aboriginal communities to reduce the burden of ACO. PMID: 31106621 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 22, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Establishment of a fluorescent PCR melting curve method for detecting asthma susceptibility using gene SNP typing.
CONCLUSION: The fluorescence PCR melting curve method is suitable for the rapid and accurate classification of SNPs. The method is economical, simple, and efficient, and is suitable for the screening of the susceptible gene SNPs in a large-scale population of patients with BA. PMID: 31082286 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 16, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Creating a Community Based Comprehensive Intervention to Improve Asthma Control in a Low-Income, Low-Resourced Community.
This study offers hope that strategically positioning CHWs may work synergistically to close gaps in care and result in improved asthma control and reduced asthma disparities. PMID: 31082287 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 16, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Comparison of severity of asthma hospitalization between African American and Hispanic children in the Bronx.
This study aimed to compare characteristics of asthma hospitalizations in African American and Hispanic children. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted to compare asthma characteristics between African American and Hispanic children aged 2-18 years hospitalized at an urban, tertiary care hospital for an acute asthma exacerbation. Length of stay (LOS), need for intensive care unit (ICU), and need for additional medications or respiratory support were compared between the groups. RESULTS: Of the 925 children that met the inclusion criteria, 64% were Hispanic and 36% were African American. The gro...
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 9, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Changes in asthma severity in the first year of school and difficulty learning to read.
CONCLUSIONS: Active asthma symptoms during early school may influence early reading achievement. PMID: 31066318 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 9, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Review of the quality of printed patient education materials on asthma available in primary care in Singapore.
CONCLUSION: While understandability and actionability are adequate, current asthma PEMs are limited by inappropriately high reading levels, poor format quality and inaccuracies. Healthcare professionals need to assess patients' reading abilities and ensure PEMs are accurate and suitable for their patients. PMID: 31056964 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 8, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Disparities in complementary alternative medicine use and asthma exacerbation in the United States.
We examined associations between CAM use and asthma exacerbation using a cross-sectional analysis of the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. We included adults ≥ 18 years with current asthma (n = 2,736) to analyze racial/ethnic differences in CAM use as well as the association between CAM use and both asthma exacerbation and emergency department (ED) visit for asthma exacerbation across racial/ethnic groups. We ran descriptive statistics and multivariable logistic regressions. Blacks (OR = 0.63 [0.49-0.81]) and Hispanics (OR = 0.66 [0.48-0.92]) had decreased odds of using CAM compared to Whites. Overall...
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 3, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

CHECK: A multi-level program to improve outcomes for urban children and youth with asthma.
Authors: Pappalardo AA, Glassgow EA, Kumar HV, Martin MA PMID: 31046507 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 3, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis in Children with Status Asthmaticus Receiving Systemic Corticosteroids: A Descriptive Study Assessing Frequency of Clinically Important Bleeding.
CONCLUSION: Children admitted for status asthmaticus with and without SUP had no observed incidence of CIB. In this specific population, we propose a prerequisite assessment for the presence of known stress ulcer related gastrointestinal bleeding risk factors prior to the blanket administration of SUP. PMID: 31046509 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - May 3, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Interviews with caregivers during acute asthma hospitalisations.
CONCLUSIONS: The findings of this study confirm and extend results from other studies of caregivers who have school-aged children diagnosed with asthma. This study found that families play a vital role in management of asthma on a daily basis and families often assess the overall management of asthma by all child relations throughout the day. Clinical implications are highlighted within each theme. PMID: 31025890 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 28, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Asthma control in children and adolescents: a study in clinical practice.
Authors: Licari A, Marseglia G, Tosca MA, Ciprandi G PMID: 31014135 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 26, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Asthma prevalence among women aged 18 to 44 in the United States: National health and nutrition examination survey 2001-2016.
CONCLUSIONS: Among women of childbearing ages, asthma burden varies across demographic and clinical characteristics and has increased in recent years. PMID: 31014137 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 26, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Usability of mepolizumab single-use prefilled syringe for patient self-administration.
CONCLUSIONS: Patients/caregivers successfully self-administered mepolizumab via the PFS both in clinic and at home, with no new safety concerns identified. PMID: 31017022 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 26, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Asthma phenotypes and associated comorbidities in a large cohort of adolescents in Israel.
CONCLUSIONS: The differences between mild and moderate-to-severe asthma enhance asthma phenotype characterization, with respect to comorbidities, and indicate varied etiologies. PMID: 31017024 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 26, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Synchronized abdominal compression as a novel treatment of life-threatening preschool asthma.
CONCLUSION: Synchronized abdominal compression is a novel and simple method that allows an effective treatment of severe air trapping in an intubated paralyzed asthma child. Abbreviations ET tube endotracheal tube FiO2 fraction of inspired oxygen IAPE intermittent abdominal pressure expiration pCO2 partial pressure of carbon dioxide PEEP positive end-expiratory pressure SpO2 pulse oximetry PIP peak inspiratory pressure PRVC pressure regulated volume controlled. PMID: 31017026 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 26, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Prevalence of asthma and respiratory symptoms during pregnancy in the middle belt of Nigeria.
CONCLUSION: The prevalence of asthma and respiratory symptoms in pregnancy in this sample was low, but we observed an increase and worsening of respiratory symptoms during pregnancy in those with asthma. Hence, the priority of clinicians should be disease control to prevent feto-maternal morbidity and mortality. PMID: 31017029 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 26, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Best practices in implementing inpatient pediatric asthma pathways: a qualitative study.
CONCLUSIONS: We identified several potential best practices to support pathway implementation. Hospitals implementing pathways should consider applying these strategies to better ensure success in improving quality of asthma care for children. PMID: 31020879 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 26, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Pneumorrhachis and asthma exacerbation in young people.
Authors: Dos Santos VM PMID: 31007105 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 23, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Health communications: provider assessment of asthma control.
CONCLUSIONS: Healthcare providers often discuss asthma control indicators with patients. Children and some racial and ethnic minorities were more frequently assessed on key asthma control indicators compared to adults and non-Hispanic whites, respectively. These findings may reflect provider efforts to target asthma control communications to populations with higher risk of morbidity. PMID: 31007107 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 23, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Asthma self-management education in persons with work-related asthma - United States, 2012-2014.
CONCLUSIONS: Although adults with WRA were more likely to have received asthma self-management education, results suggest missed opportunities to provide asthma self-management education. Every healthcare visit should be used as an opportunity to discuss asthma self-management. PMID: 31001992 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 21, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Usefulness of mannitol challenge testing for diagnosing asthma in everyday clinical practice.
Authors: Knag Pedersen S, Ustrup AS, Baarnes CB, Suppli Ulrik C Abstract BACKGROUND: The mannitol test is widely used for assessment of airway responsiveness in patients with possible asthma, but our knowledge of the value in everyday clinical practice is limited. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the diagnostic value of the mannitol test in a clinical setting. METHODS: All patients having a mannitol challenge test as part of their diagnostic work-up for asthma at the respiratory outpatient clinic, Hvidovre Hospital, over a 5-year period were included in the present analysis. Case history, including previous diagno...
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 18, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Asthma control test reflects not only lung function but also airway inflammation in children with stable asthma.
CONCLUSION: ACT is useful as part of the routine evaluation of asthmatic children and should be used as a complement to existing tools such as spirometry and FeNO measurement. PMID: 30969134 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 12, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

US racial/ethnic disparities in childhood asthma emergent health care use: National Health Interview Survey, 2013-2015.
CONCLUSIONS: The high prevalence of asthma and the disparity in asthma related ED visits among minority children exemplify the need for further research in understanding the mechanisms underlying the continuing existence of these health imbalances. PMID: 30958048 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 9, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Serological analysis of sensitization in allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis: a study on allergen components and interspecies relationships.
CONCLUSIONS: Tests using allergen components were useful for ABPA diagnosis. Both IgE and IgG were highly cross-reactive among the Aspergillus species. There were many patients apart from asthmatic patients with ABPA, who displayed high Aspergillus IgG values. PMID: 30943819 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 6, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research

Evaluation of the efficacy of isopathic immunotherapy in the treatment of allergic asthma in BALB/C mice.
CONCLUSION: Isopathic immunotherapy may be a good candidate treatment for allergic asthma. PMID: 30943821 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Asthma)
Source: Journal of Asthma - April 6, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research