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Study suggests reduced lung function in infancy associated with wheeze later
Date:2/18/2013

These results suggest that reduced early airway function and later exposures such as smoking are important to the cause of obstructive respiratory diseases in young adults. Interventions aimed at preventing young children with asthma symptoms and reduced lung function from smoking might prevent persisting symptoms of obstructive airways disease," the authors comment. (JAMA Pediatr. Published online February 18, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.633. Available pre-embargo to the media at http://media.jamanetwork.com.)

Editor's Note: This work was supported by the National Medical and Health Research Council of Australia. Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.

Editorial: Neonatal Lung Function, Later Consequences

In a related editorial, Kai-Hkon Carlsen, M.D., Ph.D., of Oslo University Hospital, Norway, writes: "Mullane and colleagues present the results from an 18-year follow-up of a birth cohort recruited in Perth, Western Australia, during the late 1980s."

"The study by Mullane et al in the present issue of JAMA Pediatrics gives additional evidence to the finding that reduced lung function in early life has an important impact on later respiratory health. Taken together with the other studies cited, we may perhaps take away the message from the statement by Burrows and Taussig: 'As the twig is bent, the tree inclines.'"

(JAMA Pediatr. Published online February 18, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.119. Available pre-embargo to the media at http://media.jamanetwork.com.)

Editor's Note: Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.
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