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Children with asthma who are exposed to environmental tobacco smoke are at increased risk for adverse health consequences. An experimental design was used to evaluate a minimal-contact intervention aimed at modifying parents' smoking behavior in their homes. All subjects received counseling on...
The Usher syndrome is a recessively inherited disorder characterized by the associated deficits of sensorineural hearing impairment and a progressive retinal degeneration called retinitis pigmentosa. A case of Usher syndrome is reported in a 22-year-old atopic patient with asthma. To our...
To evaluate the influence of bronchial hyperreactivity on the improvement of asthma seen during adolescence, age-related changes of bronchial reactivity to methacholine (BRm) in adolescence were evaluated in two studies. Study 1 included 261 asthmatic children and 89 controls, aged 6-26 years,...
Twenty-two patients with only chronic nonproductive cough lasting for more than 2 months were prospectively examined to determine whether airway cough receptor sensitivity and bronchial responsiveness relate to the efficacy of bronchodilator therapy on the cough. Clenbuterol (10 μg, 4 times a...
The role of negative affectivity on patients' perceptions of and behavior during asthma attacks was explored among 47 asthmatic subjects. Patients completed 17 to 30 daily questionnaires assessing negative affect, asthma perception, additional drug intake, search for medical assistance, and...
Improved outcome measures for asthma research, especially measures of functional status and quality of life, have become increasingly important. This research describes one such measure, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Functional Impairment Scale. This scale consists of eight items...
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the use of pictorial anchors improved a visual analog scale (VAS) designed to assess asthma episodes. The sample consisted of 77 children with moderate to severe asthma attending a summer camp. They rated one of two VASs, either nonpictorial (39...
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