The purpose of this website is to review current articles about asthma that are published in leading journals. In the field of asthma there are multiple journals from which to choose. They are excellent sources for the latest, peer-reviewed information not only about asthma, but numerous other topics including allergies, COPD, cancer and more.
It can be an overwhelming challenge to stay current and informed about the many developments in asthma. For a patient navigating his or her disease management, it is even more daunting. The Internet helps, but because it does not always filter based on clinical relevance, on many occasions the information is of little scientific or clinical value. The reader must distill for himself the scientific rigorousness of resources he comes across.
This website will be limited in focus only to articles about the clinical subject of asthma that come from major medical journals. As a pulmonologist and an allergist, I have to straddle both fields to stay informed. I realize that pulmonary specialists preferentially read the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, while allergy specialists spend the most time with the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (pronounced “Jackie”). These are both excellent resources that have published some of the most significant contributions to the field of respiratory diseases. The journals are sponsored by different societies, which accounts for some of their different readership. Since I am a member of both the American Thoracic Society and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, I read both.
This website should offer a starting place for exploring and formulating a complete understanding of the major topics in asthma in simple, easy-to-use format. Its aim is to explain the clinical relevance of the latest publications and give some value to the scientific information presented.
WHAT IS ASTHMA?
Asthma is an inflammatory disease that is primarily treated with anti-inflammatory drugs. Inhaled corticosteroids continue to be used with amazing effectiveness. However, even this very simple paradigm is not without many controversies. For instance, many statements are made about the effectiveness of new medications. It is important to realize that not all "new" medicines are necessarily better, but rather they are more aggressively promoted until they become a part of the treatment norm. Sadly, this may not be the best treatment for the patient in terms of cost, safety, or even effectiveness.