Top Asthma Articles for June-July 2013

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about asthma for June-July 2013:

Adult asthmatics, independent of asthma control, do not seem to have a more sedentary lifestyle than their peers. http://buff.ly/XlWNpZ

Asthmatic Response to Oral Milk Challenge in Adults: No difference between Open and Double-Blind Challenges http://buff.ly/WSBXC1

Most doctors encourage children with asthma to pursue all normal activities in the same manner as children without asthma http://buff.ly/Vkq1EJ

Young women taking oral contraceptives had a higher rate of wheezing, suggesting that sex steroids may play a role http://buff.ly/Ttk0XS

Internet-based self-management improved asthma control after 3 months - however, all benefits were lost after 12 months http://buff.ly/Uh25G0

Infrequent outcomes in common conditions http://buff.ly/Uh2h8c

The Interplay between the Effects of Lifetime Asthma, Smoking, and Atopy on Fixed Airflow Obstruction in Middle Age http://buff.ly/UGj8R8

CRTH2 antagonist appears to inhibit allergic inflammation in asthma http://buff.ly/UkyMPE

Early detection of asthma exacerbations can be improved using a composite action point (symptoms and PEF) http://buff.ly/UkyPuQ

Exhaled breath profiling in diagnosing wheezy preschool children http://buff.ly/UGk2NN

Exhaled nitric oxide in symptomatic children at preschool age predicts later asthma http://buff.ly/WrlsKf

Asthma control is suboptimal in many children in Asia-Pacific region. Practical tools, such as ACT or C-ACT may help http://buff.ly/WrlyBu

A significant relationship between asthma and cognitive impairment in older people http://buff.ly/WrlLES

Weak evidence of benefits from weight reduction on asthma outcomes. http://buff.ly/YbEW5b

The effect of montelukast on respiratory symptoms and lung function in wheezy infants: none http://buff.ly/YbFmsc

The Pediatric Asthma Control and Communication Instrument (PACCI) asthma questionnaire http://buff.ly/12sDqnR

Being overweight increases susceptibility to indoor pollutants among urban children with asthma. http://buff.ly/12sDxj3

Increased risk of severe asthma, rhinitis and eczema is associated with consumption of fast food 3 times per week. A potential protective effect on severe asthma was associated with consumption of fruit 3 times per week http://buff.ly/136JUci

A positive mAPI greatly increased future asthma probability (eg, 30% pretest probability to 90% posttest probability) http://buff.ly/ZJfMgQ

Severe Asthma: An Expanding and Mounting Clinical Challenge http://buff.ly/13ay9S7 - Helpful figure illustrates the treatment algorithm.

Depression is strongly associated with poorer asthma quality of life and control in older adults http://buff.ly/ZJgsmG

Promoting Asthma Awareness to Older Adults: Materials that conveyed a "human element" appealed most. Positive, empowering messages resonated best http://buff.ly/13cIf4U

Omalizumab decreases hospitalization or ED visits in patients with uncontrolled severe asthma in real-life practice http://buff.ly/ZMjqH0

Allergic sensitization in older patients with asthma more common than previously reported: 65% sensitized http://buff.ly/16vhdUf

The articles were selected from my Twitter stream @Allergy and 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 allergycases AT gmail DOT com and you will receive an acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.

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