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J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009 Jan;123(1):35-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2008.11.017.

Advances in adult asthma diagnosis and treatment and health outcomes, education, delivery, and quality in 2008.

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Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. apter@mail.med.upenn.edu

Abstract

In 2008 the Journal reported new findings in management of asthma. Dosing schedules of inhaled steroids have been modified and individualized. New, more costly propellants are replacing ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons. An association of asthma with pneumococcal disease has been observed. Smoking bans in public places are eliminating second-hand smoke and reducing asthma-related emergency department visits among adults. In contrast with these advances, however, disparity in asthma morbidity persists: black persons compared with white persons have a 4-fold greater risk of an asthma-related emergency department visit.

PMID:
19130925
PMCID:
PMC3081692
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaci.2008.11.017
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