Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about asthma in June-July 2012:
The Chitin Connection: Treading the borderland between immunology, microbiology and severe asthma http://goo.gl/BcrpV via @AllergyNet
Free ACT questionnaire is superior to $5,000 FeNO device in determining asthma control in children http://goo.gl/OZdXR
Female gender is an independent risk factor for non-allergic asthma http://goo.gl/VqP1j
Allergic rhinitis is associated with poor asthma control in children with asthma - nasal corticosteroids may improve asthma control http://goo.gl/7vr5W
The public health benefits of air pollution control - free full text from JACI http://goo.gl/Yqw0K
Why does respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) appear to cause asthma? free full text from JACI http://goo.gl/2Tf1q
Omalizumab reduces on ED visits, hospitalizations, and corticosteroid use among patients with uncontrolled asthma http://buff.ly/LfiHHp
Stress can worsen asthma through mast cell activation (hypothesis) http://buff.ly/LfiwMa
No obvious benefit of salmeterol-fluticasone rather than fluticasone alone for steroid-naive children with multiple-trigger wheeze http://buff.ly/LAGggs
Another Reassuring Study on LABA-ICS Safety in Asthma - Medscape http://buff.ly/LAq4vN
Toward a definition of asthma phenotypes in childhood: early viral wheezers, multitrigger wheezers (MTWs), and nonatopic uncontrolled wheezers (NAUWs). Some children have “allergic bronchitis” rather than “asthma” http://goo.gl/16V3F
A new cell that could be causal in asthma: granulocyte population, termed type 2 myeloid (T2M) cells http://goo.gl/RGkjE
Advantages of montelukast in pediatric asthma: safety and oral administration (effectiveness, not so much) http://goo.gl/2CqdU
Children living on farms are protected against wheeze independently of atopy http://goo.gl/J689Z
The articles were selected from my Twitter stream @Allergy and Google Reader RSS subscriptions. Some of the top allergy accounts on Twitter contributed links. I appreciate the curation provided by @JuanCIvancevich @AllergyNet @IgECPD4 @DrAnneEllis @AACMaven @AllergieVoeding @allergistmommy @mrathkopf @wheezemd.
Please feel free to send suggestions for articles to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.
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