Special Issue "Diagnosis and Prevention of Asthma in Children"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Children's Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.
Interests: asthma; breathomics; indoor air quality; multivariate analysis; occupational health
Interests: allergy and clinical immunology; interstitial lung disease; exercise immunology; drug allergy; ocular allergy
The high prevalence of asthma is still a worldwide concern. Although the disease may eventually be controlled by appropriate treatment, asthma is still having a significant impact on quality of life and absenteeism in affected patients and health costs. On the other hand, some phenotypes of asthma are difficult to diagnose, which may lead to an inappropriate therapy prescription and consequent uncontrolled symptoms. Diagnosis is especially challenging in children, not only due to the fact that up to 50% of children up to 6 years old present any sort of wheezing, but also due to the associated lower reproducibility in spirometry tests. Therefore, further research is needed to promote asthma diagnosis and prevention. On one side, we must look into novel biomarkers and clinical technologies to improve asthma monitoring, preferably for a point-of-care assessment. Further solutions are also needed to predict therapy responsiveness, not only to corticosteroid therapy, but also to the relatively recent Th2 inflammation-inhibiting biologicals. On the perspective for disease prevention, we need to further explore the determinants and triggers of asthma in children, such as the impact of the environment, biodiversity, and diet on the immune system. This Special Issue invites the most experienced researchers on the field to contribute to asthma prevention and diagnosis in children by providing their research findings and high academic outputs, hence tackling the heavy burden that asthma presents in our society.
Dr. João Cavaleiro Rufo
Dr. Luís Delgado
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- Asthma diagnosis
- Diet and asthma
- Emerging issues in environmental health and diseases
- Environmental education and public health
- Environmental exposure
- Health risk assessment and management
- Indoor exposure
- Therapy monitoring