Top Asthma Articles for December 2012

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

Inhaled steroids increase the risk of oropharyngeal colonization by Streptococcus pneumoniae in children with asthma

The united allergic airway: connections between allergic rhinitis, asthma, and chronic sinusitis

Comparison of two twice-daily doses of budesonide/formoterol as single maintenance and reliever therapy (SMART)

Albuterol use predicts asthma outcomes: Each additional SABA canister linked to 8-18% increase in asthma exacerbations

Lung function declines in volunteers after exposure to trichloramine (NCl3) in indoor pool

Should exhaled nitric oxide measurement be part of routine asthma management? Not enough evidence, says Dr. Bahna:

Once-daily fluticasone furoate is efficacious in patients with symptomatic asthma on low-dose inhaled corticosteroids

Can a school-based hand hygiene program reduce asthma exacerbations among elementary school children? No:

Many women stop or reduce their use of asthma medications when they become pregnant (study)

The ACT is preferable to the ACQ. However, neither ACT nor ACQ is useful for assessment of uncontrolled asthma

Work-exacerbated asthma and occupational asthma: Do they really differ?

Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA): Achievements in 10 years and future needs. ARIA has reclassified AR as mild/moderate-severe and intermittent/persistent. This classification closely reflects patients' needs and underlines the close relationship between rhinitis and asthma.

High inhaled corticosteroids adherence in childhood asthma linked to parent/patient education and understading

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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