Top asthma articles for December 2013

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about asthma for November-December 2013:

Asthma and obesity, although both common in a low-income, minority community, were not associated with one another

Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction occurs in response to the loss of water from the lower airways that results from heating and humidifying large volumes of air in a short period

The most common asthma triggers reported by patients: allergens (74%), pollutants/irritants (32%), foods (32%), strong odors (26%), weather (26%).

Encompassing Metaphor of Adult Asthma Experience in a Suburban Area: "Owning and Winning the Asthma War"

Stigma: Still an Important Issue for Adults With Asthma

Macrolides for the long-term management of asthma (meta-analysis): could be beneficial as adjunct asthma therapy

15% of all episodes of asthma symptoms may be attributable to air pollution

Targeting small airways asthma phenotype: preserved FEV1 but abnormal midexp flow, airway resistance (poorer control)

Tiotropium is effective in some patients with moderate to severe asthma who are uncontrolled on ICS/LABA.

Between 2000 and 2009, asthma hospitalization and in-hospital mortality decreased among US children

0.47 inches of height should not get in the way of adequately treating a child with moderate persistent asthma

Asthma during pregnancy may be a risk factor for numerous offspring diseases (study)

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 @Aller_MD @AllergyNet @IgECPD @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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