Top Asthma Articles for April 2014

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

23 million Americans have asthma, of whom 12 million experience an asthma exacerbation every year

Obesity was associated with significant lung restriction in children with and without asthma. Obesity was not associated with significantly altered airway or systemic inflammation in asthmatic children.

Use of Written Asthma Action Plans: 27% of parents had them - 80% felt they were useful, but only 55% looked at them -- Wallet Written Asthma Action Plan (WAAP) Compared to a Full-Page Plan: 90% of parents felt they were useful

Framing Asthma: Content Analysis in US Newspapers - Fear cues present in 43% of articles, 28% contained a stigma cue

Exposures to molds in school classrooms of children with asthma: Mold was present in 100% of classrooms

NYTimes on the hight cost of allergy and asthma medications: "The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath"

Should All Patients with Asthma Receive Statins? - No, 1 in 50 patients on statins develops diabetes

Regional and near-roadway pollutants decrease children's lung function

Here is Advair's replacement by GSK: Once-daily fluticasone/vilanterol reduces risk of asthma exacerbations

Regional and near-roadway pollutants decrease children's lung function

In the UK, FeNO is used in primary practice to guide ICS initiation, dosing and identify poor ICS adherence

Bed covers reduce exposure to dust mite and improve adult atopic asthma

The term “asthma” should be avoided in describing the chronic pulmonary disease of prematurity

RCT of azithromycin in smokers with asthma: clear evidence demonstrating lack of efficacy

Inhaled corticosteroids may increase risk of tuberculosis in an intermediate-TB-burden country (South Korea)

FDA Approves New, Once-daily COPD Combination Therapy: Anoro Ellipta is umeclidinium (LAMA) and vilanterol (LABA)

Single inhaler "as needed" SMART therapy (ICS/LABA) may work better than standard b.i.d. ICS/LABA combo (Cochrane)

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 allergycases AT gmail DOT com and you will receive an acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.

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