This reference collects the latest studies on the development, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood asthma and offers current perspectives on new technologies that will shape the management of pediatric asthma in the forthcoming decade-illustrating how advances in pulmonary function measurement, inflammatory markers, imaging, and pharmacogenetics will enhance the diagnosis and monitoring of asthma in years to come.
Table of Contents
Natural History of Asthma. The Epidemiology and Burden of Pediatric Asthma. Developmental Regulation of Immune Functions and Risk for Allergy and Asthma. The Origins of Asthma. Developmental Features of Airway Remodeling. Asthma in Children Versus Adults: Natural Course of the Disease. Growth and Development of the Child with Asthma. Altering the Course of Asthma. Viral Infections. Controlling the Environment: Benefits and Limitations. Early Pharmacologic Intervention: How Early and What Treatment? Advancing Technology Measuring Pulmonary Function in Young Children. Inflammatory Mediators. Imaging in Pediatric Asthma. Pharmacogenetics: Will It Have a Place in Managing Childhood Asthma? Management Principles. Education. Managing Childhood Asthma: Evolving Guidelines. Choosing the Appropriate Medication Delivery Device. Anticipating and Managing Variable Response to Asthma Therapy. Role of Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy in Childhood Asthma. Inner-City Asthma. Management Principles: Adolescence. Exercise-Induced Asthma in the Competitive Athlete. Co-Morbid Illness Associated with Childhood Asthma. Improving Medication Adherence. Potential Applications of New Drugs in the Management of Childhood Asthma. Difficult to Control Asthma. The Next Ten Years
Stanley J. Szefler, Søren Pedersen