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Asthma News – September 12-16, 2020

Current asthma research, announcements and opportunities, collected and distributed by Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) Asthma Program Staff. Sign up to receive weekly-ish news emails.

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GSK secures US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Trelegy Ellipta to treat asthma

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has received the FDA's approval for Trelegy Ellipta to treat asthma patients aged 18 years and older. FDA approval comes from results of the CAPTAIN clinical trial, and allows patients to benefit from triple therapy by using one inhaler, once-a-day.

Associations between overweight and obesity and asthma outcomes in urban adolescents

High body mass index was found to be a common comorbidity among poor, primarily African American, urban adolescents with asthma. The findings underscore adolescence as an ideal period to safely intervene to reduce excessive body weight, which can prevent the potentially harmful effects of obesity on future asthma outcomes.

A Longitudinal Examination of the Asthma Medication Ratio (AMR) in Children with Medicaid

In a large analysis of Medicaid-insured children with asthma, researchers found that the AMR is a reliable predictor of exacerbations, and can inform the development of an AMR-based risk assessment and communication interventions.

Study Finds Fall Babies at Higher Risk of Lifetime of Allergic Diseases

National Jewish Health researchers looked at children treated in their clinic, and those born in the fall were much more likely to experience all of the conditions associated with the atopic march. They believe it stems from how the bacteria on the skin affects the skin barrier.

A Mixed-methods Study Examining Inhaler Carry and Use among Children at School

Children and parents identified several facilitators to self-carry: child’s asthma knowledge, inhaler characteristics, and need for easy inhaler access. Barriers included child’s limited understanding of asthma and inhalers, perception that inhaler is not needed, and limited inhaler access.

MDHHS Provider and Patient Infographics Promote Mask-Wearing by People with Asthma

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Asthma Program worked with Michigan experts and drew on national resources to develop new provider and public infographics to promote mask-wearing for people with asthma. Please use and share these infographics widely – wearing masks is one of the few things we can all do to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Inhaled corticosteroids prescriptions increased in the ED for recurrent asthma exacerbations by automated electronic reminders in the ED

An electronic alert incorporated into the Emergency Department (ED) workflow to populate a discharge order set was found effective to initiate asthma controller medication for poorly controlled pediatric patients.