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Date:11/4/2011

Cholesterol-lowering Drugs May Worsen Asthma

Cholesterol-lowering medications may help millions fight heart disease, but this class of drugs may worsen asthma control, according to a study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov. 3-8.

In the preliminary study researchers compared 20 patients with asthma taking prescribed cholesterol-lowering medication or statins, to 20 patients with asthma who did not take the drugs. The researchers found the patients taking statins had more airway inflammatory obstruction at three, six and 12 months compared to those not on statins.

"The research showed patients taking statins more frequently used their rescue medication, had increased nighttime awakenings and had increased asthma symptoms throughout the day," said allergist Safa Nsouli, MD, ACAAI member and director of the Danville Asthma and Allergy Clinic, Calif. "These potential effects of statins on the inflammatory cascade of asthma indicate the need for a larger scale study."

Title: The Correlation of Cholesterol Lowering Statin Drugs and Worsening Asthma Control in Mild Persistent Asthmatics

By the numbers: Nearly 25 million Americans have asthma. About 68 million Americans have high cholesterol.

Depression and Emotional Well-being Affect Seniors' Asthma Related Control and Quality of Life

Depression and emotional well-being greatly affect asthma control and quality of life for the approximately 2 million adults over 65 who have been diagnosed with asthma, according to a study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov. 3-8.

Researchers assessed the quality of life of 70 participants over the age of 65 who had been diagnosed with asthma. Quality of life measures included the number of asthma attacks and unscheduled physician visits within 12 months, self-reported depr
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