New asthma predictors needed to determine future risk in certain patients

September 7, 2009

By hammersmith

[Source: ScienceDaily] – Screening tests used to predict asthma activity in patients may have little tracking success when applied to people with persistent disease who are adhering to their health care regimens, UT Southwestern Medical Center physicians report.

Previous reports have suggested that certain clinical findings and laboratory tests could help predict future asthma attacks. Those earlier conclusions, however, were based on observations of patients with poorly controlled asthma who had not received care based on current guidelines.

The new study appears in the August issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

For more information: New Asthma Predictors Needed To Determine Future Risk In Certain Patients