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MANAGING ASTHMA

ANCHOR LEAD: CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MANAGING KIDS WITH ASTHMA MAY BE INSUFFICIENT, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Asthma care guidelines have recently been revised, but a Johns Hopkins study demonstrates that for kids who live in the city, what they recommend may not head off flares and hospitalizations.  Gregory Diette, study author and asthma expert, explains.

DIETTE:  The recommendation is that depending on what the level of control is, that should help determine how often you see your doctor.  So meaning the kids who are under good control you can relax a little bit and not see them as often, but our findings suggest that might not work.  Of the kids who were under the best state of control, who were what is called intermittent asthmatics, after three months 46% of them had deteriorated to the point where they would need further therapies or intensification of their medicines.  The big point for us there was we can’t relax so much about the kids who were doing well at one point in time and we might need to increase the frequency we see kids no matter how they’re doing.         :31

Diette says parents must remain vigilant about adhering to medication schedules as well.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.


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