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Asthma News – May 12-18, 2017

Current asthma research, announcements and opportunities, collected and distributed by Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Asthma Program Staff.

Stress-mitigation techniques for parents have no effect on pediatric asthma

A $2.2 million randomized study found no differences between kids with asthma who received standard care based on national guidelines compared with kids whose parents received stress-mitigation techniques plus evidence-based asthma care.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Asthma: Is There a Link?

Asthma and RA have been thought to have an inverse relationship based on the commonly accepted T-helper 1 and T-helper 2 balance hypothesis, but a recent meta-analysis suggests that they can and do coexist.

AHRQ Announces Grant Opportunities

The Division of Health IT recently released two Funding Opportunity Announcements as part of AHRQ's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Initiative to accelerate evidence into practice through CDS.

Acupuncture provides benefits to patients with asthma

Receiving acupuncture treatment along with routine care was associated with increased health-related and disease-specific quality of life compared with routine care alone in patients with allergic asthma, according to a recent study.

Blockbuster cancer drug shows surprising promise in treating severe asthma

A recent trial studied imatinib (used to treat leukemia), in 62 patients with difficult-to-treat asthma. The drug appears to inhibit the growth of mast cells.

Real-world healthcare utilization in asthma patients using albuterol sulfate inhalation aerosol with and without integrated dose counters

Researchers found that healthcare utilization among users of the ProAirĀ® HFA with integrated dose counters experienced significantly fewer hospitalizations and ED visits than those without dose counters.