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AsthmaNet Study Published on Pediatric Overweight Status and Asthma

Researchers representing AsthmaNet study centers, including UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, published a study in the April 2018 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

The publication, entitled “Overweight/obesity status in preschool children associates with worse asthma but robust improvement on inhaled corticosteroids,” examined the relationships between overweight status and asthma severity and response to inhaled corticosteroids in preschool children across several studies. “In preschool children off controller therapy, overweight (OW) status is associated with greater asthma impairment and exacerbations. However, unlike older asthmatic patients, OW preschool children do not demonstrate reduced responsiveness to ICS therapy.” (J Allergy Clin Immunol 2018;141:1459-67.).

AsthmaNet is a nationwide clinical research network that includes UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. The network was created by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in 2009. The purpose of AsthmaNet is to develop and conduct multiple clinical trials that explore new approaches in treating asthma from childhood through adulthood. 

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