Asthma - top articles in May 2012

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about asthma in May 2012:

Only 43% of patients newly diagnosed with asthma in Canada received pulmonary function testing http://goo.gl/eyzg9

Switching from Salmeterol/Fluticasone to Formoterol/Budesonide Combinations is a useful option if asthma that is not controlled http://goo.gl/kEW2Y

Older adults with asthma have a higher rate of allergic sensitization, decreased lung function, and significantly worse quality of life compared with controls http://goo.gl/bGan8

Epigenetic changes may play a role in asthma: DNA Hypomethylation at ALOX12 Linked to Persistent Wheezing in Children http://goo.gl/ovxL7

Rhinitis can cause night cough in children, independent of asthma. Upper airway should be always be examined http://goo.gl/ix1Iu

"Whistling in the Dark" - tracheomalacia in NEJM http://goo.gl/l2dQI

Allergen immunotherapy is a cost-effective treatment in modifying existing allergic respiratory diseases - Chest 2012 http://goo.gl/GdkbH

New type 2 myeloid cell (T2M) may play a role in treatment-resistant asthma - in mice http://goo.gl/amWug and http://goo.gl/itYMr

FeNO monitoring during asthma exacerbation is not a good predictor of spirometric response to oral steroid http://goo.gl/YJBGH

Allergy to dust mite increases risk for wheezing provoked by rhinovirus among asthmatic children aged 7-12 years http://goo.gl/6y5M7

A Patient with Asthma Seeks Medical Advice - NEJM readers ask important questions about recently published article http://goo.gl/Y0mBl

Omalizumab versus 'Usual Care': Substantial beneficial effects of omalizumab in Naturalistic Longitudinal Study http://goo.gl/7rOn2

The articles were selected from my Twitter and Google Reader streams.

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