Stanley Szefler, MD, Deputy Editor of the JACI, provides much food-for-thought in an editorial in this month’s issue focusing on the asthma guidelines (J Allergy Clin Immunol 2011;128:937-938). Dr. Szefler asks whether our current understanding of asthma compels a review of the NAEPP EPR-3 guidelines, which were last updated in 2007. He points out accumulated evidence has changed our thinking on add-on therapy, the role of vitamin D, and the public health implications of severe asthma. Additionally, Dr. Szefler highlights recent contributions focused on biomarkers in asthma management and skin prick testing in young children as predictive of wheezing in later childhood, as well as the conundrum of asthma heterogeneity that confounds our efforts to alleviate disease burden.
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