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Stepping Up Asthma Treatment In Children Leads To Improvement

Posted Mar 04 2010 3:05pm

Children with asthma who continue to have symptoms while using low-dose inhaled corticosteroids could benefit from increasing the dosage or adding one of two asthma drugs, a new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and other institutions finds.

Results of the study, called BADGER (Best ADd-on therapy Giving Effective Responses), also may allow physicians to better predict which of the three options will help a patient the most.

Robert C. Strunk, M.D., and Leonard B. Bacharier, M.D., both Washington University pediatric asthma specialists at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, were co-authors on the study, published online March 2 by the New England Journal of Medicine and presented the same day at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s annual meeting in New Orleans.

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