A new article in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology argues that genetic studies of asthma, expected to be game-changers, have “delivered neither meaningful clinical diagnostic tools nor useful insights into disease pathogenesis.”
A study out of the University of Pittsburgh identifies significant comorbidity and negative outcomes in those with insomnia and asthma, and finds that even asthmatics who report no nighttime breathing disturbances still face a predisposition to sleeplessness.
Individuals with atopic asthma were recently found to have a distinctive bronchial bacterial microbiome that not only differs from those without asthma, but between asthmatics with phenotypes more responsive or resistant to inhaled corticosteroids.
An inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting beta2-agonist bronchodilator combination was found more beneficial for patients with Asthma-Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Overlap Syndrome (ACOS) than for those with COPD alone.
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with over 200,000 respondents in more than 20 states, indicates that adults working in the healthcare and social services field have higher incidence of asthma than people employed in any other industry.
Studies that found no connection are outliers, the authors of the new meta-analysis write. They believe the findings have been consistent enough to assert a certain link between pollution exposure and juvenile asthma, but they note that many important questions remain.