Top Asthma Articles for June-July 2012

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 via @AllergyNet

Free ACT questionnaire is superior to $5,000 FeNO device in determining asthma control in children

Female gender is an independent risk factor for non-allergic asthma

Allergic rhinitis is associated with poor asthma control in children with asthma - nasal corticosteroids may improve asthma control

The public health benefits of air pollution control - free full text from JACI

Why does respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) appear to cause asthma? free full text from JACI

Omalizumab reduces on ED visits, hospitalizations, and corticosteroid use among patients with uncontrolled asthma

Stress can worsen asthma through mast cell activation (hypothesis)

No obvious benefit of salmeterol-fluticasone rather than fluticasone alone for steroid-naive children with multiple-trigger wheeze

Another Reassuring Study on LABA-ICS Safety in Asthma - Medscape

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”

A new cell that could be causal in asthma: granulocyte population, termed type 2 myeloid (T2M) cells

Advantages of montelukast in pediatric asthma: safety and oral administration (effectiveness, not so much)

Children living on farms are protected against wheeze independently of atopy

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 and you will receive acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.

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