Top asthma articles for June-July 2014

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about asthma for June-July 2014:

Anti-IL5 Benralizumab reduces exacerbations, improves lung function in asthma patients with elevated eosinophils

8 Things to Do For Your Asthma in 2014

Definition of reactive airways disease (RAD)? "RAD, a lazy term of uncertain meaning that should be abandoned"

Specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) profile for 40 allergens using a novel microarray technique (BioIC): IgE sensitization to mites, pets, cockroaches, seafood, and cheese, is associated with elevated FeNO in children

Decrease ICS by 50% after a period of asthma stability - Risk of asthma exacerbation remains low -- Asthma exacerbations were statistically no more likely among individuals who reduced ICS compared to those who maintained their ICS dose, supporting current guidelines which recommend decreasing ICS by 50% after a period of asthma stability.

All patients with asthma are at higher risk of anxiety (43% increased risk in mild asthma), consider anxiety screening

Children with severe asthma had 32 times higher risk for developing COPD, 43% of the COPD group had never smoked

Chinese herbal products are used by 86% of adults with asthma in Taiwan. Ding-chuan-tang (panting-stabilizing decoction) is most popular, followed by xiao-qing-long-tang (minor green-blue dragon decoction) and ma-xing-gan-shi-tang (ephedra, apricot kernel, licorice, and gypsum decoction)

Allergic rhinitis impairs asthma control by enhancing lower airway inflammation - a striking impact found in study

Seasonality of Asthma: 2-fold increase in pediatric asthma exacerbations during September. Returning to school after summer is strongly associated with an increased risk for asthma exacerbations

Asthma was associated with an odds ratio (OR) of 1.41 of depression. People with asthma, regardless of severity, may benefit from depression screening in clinical settings.

Pediatrics asthma: allergists achieved higher FEV1 than pediatricians and pulmonologists. Diagnosed allergic rhinits and treated it

More adolescents with severe asthma reported insufficient weekday sleep (44%) vs. adolescents without asthma (31%)

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

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