AAAAI: Protecting Infants From Viral Infections May Prevent Later Asthma, From The Journal Of Allergy And Clinical Immunology

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Protecting infants from viral
infections may prevent the development of asthma late in childhood,
according to new research in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

The study, "Early-life respiratory viral infections, atopic
sensitization, and risk of subsequent development of persistent asthma,"
conducted by Merci M.H. Kusel, MBBS, PhD, Telethon Institute for Child
Health Research, The University of Western Australia, and colleagues, can
be found in the articles in press area of the JACI Web site located at
jacionline. The JACI is the peer-reviewed journal of the
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

Researchers studied 198 children at high risk of atopy, from birth to
five years. All episodes of acute respiratory illness in the first year
were recorded, and nasal aspirates were collected for viral identification.
History of wheeze and asthma was collected annually, and atopy was assessed
at six months, two years and five years.

This research suggests that viral respiratory infections (most commonly
rhinovirus and respiratory syncytial virus) interact with atopy in infancy
to promote the later development of asthma. The occurrence of a lower
respiratory tract infection in an atopic child during early infancy is
associated with maximal risk for subsequent asthma.

The AAAAI represents allergists, asthma specialists, clinical
immunologists, allied health professionals and others with a special
interest in the research and treatment of allergic disease.
Allergy/immunology specialists are pediatric or internal medicine
physicians who have elected an additional two years of training to become
specialized in the treatment of asthma, allergy and immunologic disease.
Established in 1943, the AAAAI has more than 6,500 members in the United
States, Canada and 60 other countries. The AAAAI serves as an advocate to
the public by providing educational information through its Web site at



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