Posted by: audreybenenati | May 4, 2010

NIH Institutes Renew Dedication to Asthma Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Statement by Susan B. Shurin, M.D., acting director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program

May 4, 2010 marks World Asthma Day, when public officials, health organizations, and patient groups around the world take action to increase public awareness of the global burden of asthma and promote better asthma diagnosis and treatment….

Over the past 20 years, a major thrust of NIAID asthma research has been to understand the unique features of the disease in children living in urban areas. Clinical research is focused on designing and evaluating new therapies tailored to the specific needs of these children, whose asthma is more severe than in children from non-urban areas. Their increased asthma severity may stem from various causes, including poor access to medical care and other socioeconomic factors such as; diet and obesity; and exposure to high levels of certain indoor allergens such as, tobacco smoke, and environmental pollution….

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