Top Asthma Articles for October 2014

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about asthma published recently:

What is the best spacer? AeroChamber, toilet paper roll (?!), paper towel roll, rolled paper, plastic bottle spacer, bottle-holding chamber, nebulizer reservoir tubing? Paper towel roll was the best in this study:

Infant wheeze: Among children with 3-4 risk factors, 38% had asthma at school age

Study: job strain is probably not an important risk factor for severe asthma exacerbations

Severe refractory asthma: 2013 update in ERS (free full text)

Yoga for asthma: a systematic review and meta-analysis - Yoga was not helpful as asthma therapy.

Free but basic app: Spirometry Android medical app review

Refractory asthma: mechanisms, targets, and therapy - 2014 free full text review in EAACI journal Allergy

Neutrophils from allergic asthmatic patients release metalloproteinase-9 upon direct exposure to allergens

Weight reduction in obese patients with asthma improves outcomes by mechanisms not related to airway inflammation

Outdoor air pollution and asthma: In-vehicle exposure during commuting with open windows can be very high.

Air pollution decreases children's lung function by 1-3% (FEV1)

Smoke-free legislation is associated with substantial reductions in preterm births and admissions for asthma

Almost half of all children have at least one episode of wheeze before 6 years of age. Daily inhaled corticosteroids are associated with a small but statistically significant effect on growth

Asthma Impact on the Nation - CDC Infographic

New test determines Free IgE Levels in Serum from Patients Treated with Omalizumab

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 @IgECPD @DrAnneEllis @mrathkopf.

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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