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  • Donahue JG, Weiss ST, Livingston JM, et al [ Brigham and Women’s Hosp, Boston; Harvard Med School, Boston]


    Inhaled Steroids and the Risk of Hospitalization for Asthma


    JAMA 277: 887-891, 1997

       

    A common cause of hospitalizing children and adults is asthma. Out of 16,941 asthmatic patients 742 needed hospital admission.

       


    This article points out that inhalation of steroids reduced the incidence of hospitalization by 50%. A greater reduction is noticed in patients using
    bronchodilators.

        
  • Sporik R, Hill DJ, Thompson PJ, et al [ Royal children’s Hosp, Melbourne, Australia; QEII Med Ctr, Nedlands, Australia; Univ of West Australia, Melbourne; et al


    The Melbourne House Dust Mite Study: Long-Term Efficacy of House Dust Mite Reduction Strategies


    J Allergy Clin Immunol 101: 451-456, 1998

       


    A well conducted control maintained study in 85 homes shows mite control in carpets is achieved by encasement with semipermeable material. The alternative is removal of carpets, Anti-mite shampoos were not effective in this study.

        


    This study is important because mite sensitive individuals are known to express it as asthma and eczema.

       
  • Bowton DL, Fasano MB, Bass DA [ Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem, NC]


    Skin Sensitivity to Allergen Does not Accurately Predict Airway Response to Allergen


    Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 80: 207-211, 1998

       


    Titrated skin testing of 22 asthmatic individuals was compared with the inhaled test. Prick tests were used in this study. The tests were comparable in some subjects with atopy and asthma but not in others.

        


    The question raised in this important study is very pertinent and refers to the relevance of skin testing in asthma.

         




 

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Asthma and Allergy
  

  • Donahue JG, Weiss ST, Livingston JM, et al [ Brigham and Women’s Hosp, Boston; Harvard Med School, Boston]
    Inhaled Steroids and the Risk of Hospitalization for Asthma
    JAMA 277: 887-891, 1997
       
    A common cause of hospitalizing children and adults is asthma. Out of 16,941 asthmatic patients 742 needed hospital admission.
       
    This article points out that inhalation of steroids reduced the incidence of hospitalization by 50%. A greater reduction is noticed in patients using bronchodilators.
        
  • Sporik R, Hill DJ, Thompson PJ, et al [ Royal children’s Hosp, Melbourne, Australia; QEII Med Ctr, Nedlands, Australia; Univ of West Australia, Melbourne; et al
    The Melbourne House Dust Mite Study: Long-Term Efficacy of House Dust Mite Reduction Strategies
    J Allergy Clin Immunol 101: 451-456, 1998
       
    A well conducted control maintained study in 85 homes shows mite control in carpets is achieved by encasement with semipermeable material. The alternative is removal of carpets, Anti-mite shampoos were not effective in this study.
        
    This study is important because mite sensitive individuals are known to express it as asthma and eczema.
       
  • Bowton DL, Fasano MB, Bass DA [ Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem, NC]
    Skin Sensitivity to Allergen Does not Accurately Predict Airway Response to Allergen
    Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 80: 207-211, 1998
       
    Titrated skin testing of 22 asthmatic individuals was compared with the inhaled test. Prick tests were used in this study. The tests were comparable in some subjects with atopy and asthma but not in others.
        
    The question raised in this important study is very pertinent and refers to the relevance of skin testing in asthma.