Asthma

Common Name(s)

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic (long-term), inflammatory condition affecting the airways. The causes of asthma may be environmental, genetic, or both.

There are many risk factors that may increase the chances of having asthma, some of which can be controlled but others cannot. In childhood, males are more likely to have asthma than females but this trend reverses in adulthood. Allergic hypersensitivity (atopy) and sleep apnea often coexist with asthma. Obesity, cigarette smoking, pregnancy, and environmental factors such as pollution, cold air, or high humidity may also be risk factors for asthma.

Common symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Symptoms often come and go and there can be different triggers for acute (sudden, severe) attacks in different people. When there is a trigger (typically allergens such as pet dander, dust mites, mold etc.), inflammation of the airways occurs. The muscles in that area tighten up making a smaller opening for air to pass through. This tightening causes breathing difficulties and common symptoms. Many people with asthma also have a personal or family history of allergies, hay fever, or eczema. There is no diagnostic test for asthma, but through examining symptoms, risk factors, and response to appropriate therapies, one may be diagnosed with the condition.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma at this time. However, there are management options that can limit or improve the response to the symptoms including medications and life style changes. Most people with asthma lead normal lives. If you or your child has asthma, talk to your doctor to discuss the most current treatment options.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Asthma" for support, advocacy or research.

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Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through education, community outreach, advocacy and research. AANMA facilitates communication of quality information among patients, parents, physicians, community members, government and private industry through accurate guidance and clearly written resources on asthma and allergies, provided through its website, aanma.org, published reports, position statements, quarterly magazine, Allergy & Asthma Today, and monthly newsletter, The MA Report.

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives, improve lung health and prevent lung disease. The American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy.

Last Updated: 17 May 2010

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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Oklahoma Family Network

To Provide emotional, informational and navigational support to those who have special health care needs or a disability, their families and the professionals who serve them. OFN promotes family/professional partnerships and family-centered care, assuring services are offered as recipients prefer..

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2013

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Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through education, community outreach, advocacy and research. AANMA facilitates communication of quality information among patients, parents, physicians, community members, government and private industry through accurate guidance and clearly written resources on asthma and allergies, provided through its website, aanma.org, published reports, position statements, quarterly magazine, Allergy & Asthma Today, and monthly newsletter, The MA Report.

http://www.aanma.org

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives, improve lung health and prevent lung disease. The American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy.

http://www.lungusa.org

Last Updated: 17 May 2010

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

http://www.healthywomen.org

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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Oklahoma Family Network

To Provide emotional, informational and navigational support to those who have special health care needs or a disability, their families and the professionals who serve them. OFN promotes family/professional partnerships and family-centered care, assuring services are offered as recipients prefer..

http://www.oklahomafamilynetwork.org

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Asthma" returned 11777 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Influence of antibiotic use in early childhood on asthma and allergic diseases at age 5.
 

Author(s): Kiwako Yamamoto-Hanada, Limin Yang, Masami Narita, Hirohisa Saito, Yukihiro Ohya

Journal: Ann. Allergy Asthma Immunol.. 2017 Jul;119(1):54-58.

 

In the past few decades, the prevalence of allergic diseases has increased rapidly worldwide. At the same time, the overuse of antibiotics has been observed, especially in Japan.

Last Updated: 2 Jul 2017

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Specific allergen immunotherapy for the treatment of allergic asthma: a review of current evidence.
 

Author(s): J Dominguez-Ortega, J Delgado, C Blanco, L Prieto, E Arroabarren, M Cimarra, A Henriquez-Santana, J Iglesias-Souto, J M Vega-Chicote, A I Tabar

Journal: J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. 2017 Jun;27(Suppl. 1):1-35.

 

Asthma is frequently associated with atopy, characterized by the production of specific immunoglobulin E in response to environmental allergens. Currently, two types of allergen immunotherapy (AIT) are used in clinical practice: subcutaneous and sublingual immunotherapy, both accepted ...

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2017

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Prevalence trends in the characteristics of patients with allergic asthma in Beijing, 1994 to 2014.
 

Author(s): Dan Mao, Rui Tang, Rui Wu, Hong Hu, Lu Jin Sun, Hong Zhu, Xue Bai, Jing Guo Han

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jun;96(22):e7077.

 

This study aimed to determine the clinical profiles and prevalence trends during 1994 to 2014 among patients with allergic asthma (AA), which is a clinical phenotype of asthma.We retrospectively analyzed the characteristics of 319 patients who were diagnosed with AA between March ...

Last Updated: 31 May 2017

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Asthma" returned 1957 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Acupuncture for asthma: Protocol for a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Meng Li, Xing Zhang, Haipeng Bao, Chunlei Li, Peitong Zhang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jun;96(26):e7296.

 

Asthma is a common chronic disease in both adults and children. Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and β2-agonists are the major medications treating asthma with many side effects. Acupuncture has been used in many diseases including asthma. We aim to assess the efficacy and safety of ...

Last Updated: 28 Jun 2017

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Association of single-nucleotide polymorphisms in toll-like receptor 2 gene with asthma susceptibility: A meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Yifeng Gao, Hanyan Xiao, Yongbo Wang, Feng Xu

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 May;96(20):e6822.

 

An increasing number of studies have been carried out on the relationship between polymorphisms in toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) gene and asthma risk. However, the results were controversial. With the purpose of yielding a more reliable estimation of the association, we conducted the ...

Last Updated: 17 May 2017

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IP-10 in occupational asthma: review of the literature and case-control study.
 

Author(s): F Ragusa, P Fallahi

Journal: Clin Ter. ;168(2):e151-e157.

 

T-helper (Th)2 cytokines are thought to mediate most of the allergic inflammatory responses associated with atopic asthma. But the Th1-related chemokine, interferon (IFN)-γ-induced protein 10 (IP-10)/chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand (CXCL)10, was the predominant chemokine measured ...

Last Updated: 6 Apr 2017

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

The Electronic Asthma Management System
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Asthma

 

Last Updated: 19 Jun 2017

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Identification of Asthma Phenotypes in Severe Asthmatics
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Asthma

 

Last Updated: 9 Feb 2017

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Errors in the Use of Turbuhaler and Spiromax Devices Patients With Asthma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Asthma

 

Last Updated: 3 Apr 2017

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