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World Asthma Day 2014: recent insights into asthma

To mark World Asthma Day 2014, we have gathered together some articles that have been published across our journals within the last year. This collection showcases the high quality research and review articles that are being published in our journals to aid asthma research and help develop new, effective treatments. Further information on World Asthma Day and the articles in this collection can be found in our blog post.

  1. Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood and a leading cause of childhood morbidity. The aim of the current study was to assess the effectiveness of montelukast administered as monotherapy or in ...

    Authors: Denis Bérubé, Michel Djandji, John S Sampalis and Allan Becker
    Citation: Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology 2014 10:21
  2. While reviews have been published on asthma management in pregnant women, none has examined the effectiveness of non-pharmacological healthcare interventions for optimizing asthma management in pregnant women....

    Authors: Elida Zairina, Kay Stewart, Michael J Abramson and Johnson George
    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2014 14:46
  3. Air pollution has many effects on the health of both adults and children, but children’s vulnerability is unique. The aim of this review is to discuss the possible molecular mechanisms linking air pollution an...

    Authors: Susanna Esposito, Rossana Tenconi, Mara Lelii, Valentina Preti, Erica Nazzari, Silvia Consolo and Maria Francesca Patria
    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2014 14:31
  4. Asthma is caused by both environmental and genetic factors. The ADRB2 gene, which encodes the beta 2-adrenergic receptor, is one of the most extensively studied genes with respect to asthma prevalence and severit...

    Authors: Ana Carolina Zimiani de Paiva, Fernando Augusto de Lima Marson, José Dirceu Ribeiro and Carmen Sílvia Bertuzzo
    Citation: Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology 2014 10:8
  5. Smoking is considered to be the single most important preventable risk factor for respiratory symptoms. Estimating prevalence of respiratory symptoms is important since they most often precede a diagnosis of a...

    Authors: Helena Backman, Linnea Hedman, Sven-Arne Jansson, Anne Lindberg, Bo Lundbäck and Eva Rönmark
    Citation: World Allergy Organization Journal 2014 7:85
  6. Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) is a surrogate marker of eosinophilic airway inflammation and good predictor of corticosteroid response.

    Authors: David Price, Dermot Ryan, Annie Burden, Julie Von Ziegenweidt, Shuna Gould, Daryl Freeman, Kevin Gruffydd-Jones, Anne Copland, Clifford Godley, Alison Chisholm and Mike Thomas
    Citation: Clinical and Translational Allergy 2013 3:37
  7. Poor maternal vitamin D intake is a risk factor for subsequent childhood asthma, suggesting that in utero changes related to vitamin D responsive genes might play a crucial role in later disease susceptibility. W...

    Authors: Alvin T Kho, Sunita Sharma, Weiliang Qiu, Roger Gaedigk, Barbara Klanderman, Simin Niu, Chris Anderson, James S Leeder, Scott T Weiss and Kelan G Tantisira
    Citation: BMC Medical Genomics 2013 6:47
  8. Subcutaneous specific immunotherapy (SCIT) is an effective treatment attenuatingthe progression of allergic asthma. To date, there is a lack of studiesinvestigating the economic consequences of SCIT on health ...

    Authors: Thomas Reinhold, Julia Ostermann, Susanne Thum-Oltmer and Bernd Brüggenjürgen
    Citation: Clinical and Translational Allergy 2013 3:30
  9. The International Study on Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) reported a prevalence of asthma symptoms in 17 centers in nine Latin American countries that was similar to prevalence rates reported in non...

    Authors: Stèphan Kraai, Lilly M Verhagen, Enrique Valladares, Joaquin Goecke, Lorena Rasquin, Paula Colmenares, Berenice Del Nogal, Peter WM Hermans and Jacobus H de Waard
    Citation: Respiratory Research 2013 14:76