Asthma News – January 12 to 18, 2018

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

CDC Study Puts Economic Burden of Asthma at More Than $80 Billion Per Year

Asthma costs the U.S. economy more than $80 billion annually in medical expenses, days missed from work and school, and deaths, according to research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

New CDC Report: Asthma Mortality Among Persons Aged 15–64 Years, by Industry and Occupation

33,307 adult deaths from asthma occurred during 1999–2016, including an estimated 3,664–6,994 (approximately 204–389 annually) that could be attributable to occupational exposures, and were therefore potentially preventable.

Mould discovery in lungs paves way for helping hard to treat asthma

New research showed that severe asthmatics with allergies were ten times more likely to carry higher levels of Aspergillosis when on corticosteroid treatment which might help explain why some asthmatic patients are having persistent symptoms on steroids.

Acid-Suppressive Drug Use During Pregnancy Linked to Asthma in Offspring

Up to four in five pregnant women suffer from acid indigestion, and a new literature review of 8 population-based studies assessing acid-suppressive drug use during pregnancy found an increased risk for asthma in offspring.

New Asthma Medication Posters Available

From the Minnesota Dept. of Health, these posters display a photo of each inhaler; the generic and brand name of the medication; the delivery dose; and manufacturers’ name for all currently available inhaled asthma medications commonly prescribed in the US.

All of Us Research Program Seeks Input on Research Priorities by Feb. 9

NIH’s All of Us Research Program, an historic effort to gather data from at least a million volunteers nationwide, is seeking ideas to help inform how to leverage the NHLBI in the best ways possible and ultimately advance the research that could lead to life-changing improvements in heart, lung, blood and sleep conditions.

Link found between coarse particulate matter (PM) exposure and pediatric asthma

Authors noted that the most striking finding of the study was that PM levels were independently associated with asthma prevalence and exacerbations.