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By Lola Pastor NeumoPed
Elianne J L E Vrijlandt, Georges El Azzi, Mark Vandewalker, Ned Rupp, Thomas Harper, LeRoy Graham, Stanley J Szefler, Petra Moroni-Zentgraf, Ashish Sharma, Sebastian D Vulcu, Ralf Sigmund, Bo Chawes, Michael Engel, Hans Bisgaard
BACKGROUND: Few studies have assessed the safety and efficacy of potential asthma medications in children younger than 5 years. We descriptively assessed the safety and efficacy of tiotropium, a long-acting anticholinergic drug, in children aged 1-5 years with persistent asthmatic symptoms. METHODS: This exploratory 12-week, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, phase 2/3, regulatory multicentre trial was done at 32 hospitals, clinics, and clinical research units in 11 countries in Asia, Europe, and North America...
January 17, 2018: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Eckard Hamelmann, Stanley J Szefler
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, with a high proportion of patients demonstrating poor control despite the availability of disease management guidelines. Global Initiative for Asthma guidelines include tiotropium as an add-on therapy option at Steps 4 and 5 in patients aged ≥ 12 years with a history of exacerbations, and tiotropium delivered via the Respimat® Soft Mist™ Inhaler has recently been approved for use as once-daily maintenance therapy for children with asthma over the age of 6 years in the USA...
January 24, 2018: Drugs
Chinedu Nwokoro, Jonathan Grigg
Preschool wheeze is a common but poorly understood cause of respiratory morbidity that is both distinct from and overlaps with infantile bronchiolitis and school age asthma. Attempts at classification by epidemiology, pathophysiology, therapeutic response and clinical phenotype are imperfect and yet fundamental to both treatment choice and research design. The four main therapeutic classes for preschool wheeze, namely beta2 agonists, anticholinergics, corticosteroids and leukotriene modifiers are employed with variable and often scanty evidence base, with evidence for a genetic influence on response variations...
December 5, 2017: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
Emily E Barsky, Lauren M Giancola, Sachin N Baxi, Jonathan M Gaffin
Severe asthma accounts for only a small proportion of the children with asthma, but a disproportionately high amount of resource utilization and morbidity. It is a heterogeneous entity and requires a step-wise, evidence based approach to evaluation and management by pediatric subspecialists. The first step is to confirm the diagnosis by eliciting confirmatory history and objective evidence of asthma and excluding possible masquerading diagnoses. The next step is to differentiate difficult-to-treat asthma, asthma which can be controlled with appropriate management, from asthma which requires the highest level of therapy to maintain control or remains uncontrolled despite management optimization...
December 8, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Hengameh Raissy, Kathryn Blake
A growing body of literature has investigated optimizing asthma management by identifying phenotypes and biomarkers to guide the treatment. In particular, management of asthma in preschool children remains challenging due to different phenotype presentation in early life. The focus of this review is to summarize the recent data on personalized medicine in management of preschool children with wheezing.
December 1, 2017: Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology
Désirée Larenas-Linnemann, Antonio Nieto, Oscar Palomares, Paulo Márcio Pitrez, Gherson Cukier
Children with severe asthma continue to experience symptoms despite long-term treatment with high doses of corticosteroids. Moreover, the heterogeneous nature of asthma and the presence of several phenotypes have limited our ability to develop an optimized management strategy for these patients. Adequate management of severe asthma in children necessitates a detailed understanding of what makes asthma difficult to control, knowledge of the causal factors, review of diagnosis for accurate identification of pediatric patients with severe asthma and a precise definition of the phenotypes to be able to better target the therapy...
March 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Niki Mitselou, Gunilla Hedlin, Carl-Axel Hederos
OBJECTIVE: To compare administration of bronchodilators by nebulizers with delivery by metered dose inhalers (MDIs) with spacers and to evaluate the clinical effect of the treatment of acute asthma in preschool children. METHODS: A prospective randomized clinical trial in a pediatric emergency department (PED). Preschool children who were admitted for virus induced wheezing or acute asthma exacerbation were randomly allocated to receive bronchodilator treatment by nebulizer or by metered dose inhaler...
December 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Allison J Burbank, Stanley J Szefler
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this review, we discuss current thinking in relation to available guidelines for the care of preschool-aged children with recurrent wheezing, while highlighting the gaps in our knowledge and discussing changes that could occur over the next 5 years. RECENT FINDINGS: The Asthma Predictive Index as well as allergen-specific IgE, peripheral eosinophil count and exhaled nitric oxide are perhaps underutilized sources of information that can assist in predicting progression to asthma and response to therapies...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Leah T Stiemsma, Stuart E Turvey
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory immune disorder of the airways affecting one in ten children in westernized countries. The geographical disparity combined with a generational rise in prevalence, emphasizes that changing environmental exposures play a significant role in the etiology of this disease. The microflora hypothesis suggests that early life exposures are disrupting the composition of the microbiota and consequently, promoting immune dysregulation in the form of hypersensitivity disorders. Animal model research supports a role of the microbiota in asthma and atopic disease development...
2017: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Steven McVea, Thomas Bourke
One third of all preschool children will have an episode of wheeze and many of these present to primary care. Most will fall within a spectrum of diagnosis ranging from episodic viral wheeze to multiple trigger wheeze or early onset asthma. A small proportion will have other rare, but important, diagnoses such as foreign body aspiration, anaphylaxis, gastro-oesophageal reflux, congenital anatomical abnormalities or other chronic lung diseases. Clinical assessment should try to classify children into either episodic viral wheeze or multiple trigger wheeze phenotypes...
June 2016: Practitioner
Kerry Dwan, Stephen J Milan, Lynne Bax, Nicola Walters, Colin Powell
BACKGROUND: Vilanterol (VI) is a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) that binds to the beta2-adrenoceptor on the airway smooth muscle, producing bronchodilation. LABA therapy, which is well established in adults as part of the British Thoracic Society (BTS) Guidelines for the Management of Asthma, leads to improvement in symptoms and lung function and reduction in exacerbations. At present, the commonly used LABAs licensed for use in asthma management (formoterol and salmeterol) require twice-daily administration, whereas VI is a once-daily therapy...
September 1, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Hiroshi Odajima, Motohiro Ebisawa, Toshikazu Nagakura, Takao Fujisawa, Akira Akasawa, Komei Ito, Satoru Doi, Koichi Yamaguchi, Toshio Katsunuma, Kazuyuki Kurihara, Takahide Teramoto, Kazuko Sugai, Mitsuhiko Nambu, Akira Hoshioka, Shigemi Yoshihara, Norio Sato, Noriko Seko, Sankei Nishima
BACKGROUND: Omalizumab is effective and well-tolerated in children with moderate to severe allergic asthma. However, the effects of long-term treatment with omalizumab in this population haven't been well investigated. The objective of this study is to evaluate the long-term safety, efficacy, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of omalizumab in children with uncontrolled severe asthma. METHODS: Thirty-eight Japanese children (aged 7-16 years) who completed the 24-week treatment core study were included in an uncontrolled extension study, in which treatment with omalizumab continued until the pediatric indication was approved in Japan (ClinicalTrials...
January 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
Eero Lauhkonen, Petri Koponen, Kirsi Nuolivirta, Merja Helminen, Marita Paassilta, Jyri Toikka, Matti Korppi
AIM: The united airway disease (UAD) hypothesis suggests that allergic rhinitis and asthma develop together. We evaluated the evidence for and against the UAD hypothesis at five to seven years of age after hospitalisation for bronchiolitis at less than six months. METHODS: This study used prospective follow-up data for 102 children hospitalised for bronchiolitis under the age of six months. We included the presence of previous and current asthma, prolonged rhinitis and skin prick tests (SPT) to common inhaled allergens and lung function by impulse oscillometry (IOS) at five to seven years of age...
November 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Katja Landgraf-Rauf, Bettina Anselm, Bianca Schaub
Asthma represents the most common chronic childhood disease worldwide. Whereas preschool children present with wheezing triggered by different factors (multitrigger and viral wheeze), clinical asthma manifestation in school children has previously been classified as allergic and non-allergic asthma. For both, the underlying immunological mechanisms are not yet understood in depth in children. Treatment is still prescribed regardless of underlying mechanisms, and children are not always treated successfully...
December 2016: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
Sha-Sha Yin, Hong Liu, Xing Gao

Objective: Our study aims to explore the correlation between fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) and inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) efficacy in childhood bronchial asthma (BA). METHODS: 247 pediatric BA patients were selected and divided into 3 treatment groups based on drug therapy: treatment group 1 (seretide, n = 86), treatment group 2 (budesonide, n = 79), and treatment group 3 (salbutamol, n = 82). Another 90 healthy children were recruited as control group. FeNO, FEV1%pred, FEV1/FVC, MEF25%, MEF50% and PEF%, total serum IgE, EOS%, induced sputum EOS% and supernatant inflammatory indexes (ECP, IL-8, and TNF-α) of sputum, ECP, IL-8 and TNF-α were detected...
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Zheng Li, Lindsay A Thompson, Heather E Gross, Elizabeth A Shenkman, Bryce B Reeve, Darren A DeWalt, I-Chan Huang
OBJECTIVES: Few studies have investigated the complex relationship among asthma control, sleep problems, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among children with asthma. This study aimed to test the longitudinal effect of asthma control status on asthma-specific HRQOL through the mechanism of nighttime sleep quality and daytime sleepiness. METHODS: The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS(®)) Pediatric Asthma Study included 229 dyads of asthmatic children and their parents with two years of follow-up for assessing the change in asthma control, sleep problems, and asthma-specific HRQOL...
April 2016: Sleep Medicine
Lindsay Still, William K Dolen
The ability to perceive the onset and severity of symptoms of worsening asthma is important, not only for initial diagnosis but also for early identification of an asthma exacerbation and prompt management. There are subjective and objective methods for identifying symptoms. Symptom perception is affected by multiple mechanisms, and not all patients can accurately perceive symptoms of airflow limitation. Hyperperceivers will report substantial discomfort in the face of minimal bronchoconstriction, and poor perceivers will report no symptoms even in the presence of severe obstruction...
July 2016: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
Kim D Lu, Wanda Phipatanakul, Matthew S Perzanowski, Susan Balcer-Whaley, Elizabeth C Matsui
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Obesity is associated with an increased risk of asthma in children. Atopic sensitization is a major risk factor for asthma including severe asthma in children. It is unclear if obesity is associated with worse asthma control or severity in children and how its effects compare to atopy. We sought to examine relationships of weight status and atopy to asthma control and severity among a population of predominantly low income, minority children and adolescents with persistent asthma...
December 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
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