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.

Asthmatic Response to Oral Milk Challenge in Adults: No difference between Open and Double-Blind Challenges

Most doctors encourage children with asthma to pursue all normal activities in the same manner as children without asthma

Young women taking oral contraceptives had a higher rate of wheezing, suggesting that sex steroids may play a role

Internet-based self-management improved asthma control after 3 months - however, all benefits were lost after 12 months

Infrequent outcomes in common conditions

The Interplay between the Effects of Lifetime Asthma, Smoking, and Atopy on Fixed Airflow Obstruction in Middle Age

CRTH2 antagonist appears to inhibit allergic inflammation in asthma

Early detection of asthma exacerbations can be improved using a composite action point (symptoms and PEF)

Exhaled breath profiling in diagnosing wheezy preschool children

Exhaled nitric oxide in symptomatic children at preschool age predicts later asthma

Asthma control is suboptimal in many children in Asia-Pacific region. Practical tools, such as ACT or C-ACT may help

A significant relationship between asthma and cognitive impairment in older people

Weak evidence of benefits from weight reduction on asthma outcomes.

The effect of montelukast on respiratory symptoms and lung function in wheezy infants: none

The Pediatric Asthma Control and Communication Instrument (PACCI) asthma questionnaire

Being overweight increases susceptibility to indoor pollutants among urban children with asthma.

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

A positive mAPI greatly increased future asthma probability (eg, 30% pretest probability to 90% posttest probability)

Severe Asthma: An Expanding and Mounting Clinical Challenge - Helpful figure illustrates the treatment algorithm.

Depression is strongly associated with poorer asthma quality of life and control in older adults

Promoting Asthma Awareness to Older Adults: Materials that conveyed a "human element" appealed most. Positive, empowering messages resonated best

Omalizumab decreases hospitalization or ED visits in patients with uncontrolled severe asthma in real-life practice

Allergic sensitization in older patients with asthma more common than previously reported: 65% sensitized

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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