Title: Advances in adult asthma diagnosis and treatment in 2013.
Authors: Apter, Andrea J
Published In J Allergy Clin Immunol, (2014 Jan)
Abstract: In 2013, several themes emerged: (1) a dedicated search for new therapies using new mechanisms; (2) the importance of the plasticity of the immune system (eg, that molecules that mediate inflammation in one setting can promote its resolution and return to homeostasis in other circumstances); (3) the complex role of viruses in asthma exacerbations; (4) the similarities and differences among asthma, asthma in smokers, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and (5) the importance of understanding asthma phenotypes and their stability over time. Once new therapeutics pass the initial clinical trials, patient-oriented and real-world research will be needed.
PubMed ID: 24369799
MeSH Terms: Adrenal Cortex Hormones/therapeutic use; Adult; Androstadienes/therapeutic use; Anti-Asthmatic Agents/therapeutic use; Asthma/diagnosis*; Asthma/drug therapy*; Bronchodilator Agents/therapeutic use; Clinical Trials as Topic; Diagnosis, Differential; Drug Therapy, Combination; Humans; Individualized Medicine; Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive/diagnosis; Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive/genetics