Pediatric Asthma

1st Edition

Shirley J. Murphy, H. William Kelly

CRC Press
Published January 4, 1999
Reference - 608 Pages
ISBN 9780824702083 - CAT# DK1516
Series: Lung Biology in Health and Disease

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An up-to-the-minute reference guide for health professionals confronting pulmonary disorders in children, Pediatric Asthma offers the latest findings on this classification-defying disease and related conditions. Written by more than 20 international experts in the field, the book focuses on drug administration-issues of compliance, aerosol delivery, and pharmacokinetic differences among children-with a view toward developing new and more efficacious therapies.
Provides cutting-edge analysis for more effective diagnosis of children with asthma and improved monitoring and treatment for chronic patients!
With a firm theoretical grounding and reflecting the state of the art in pharmacological research and development, Pediatric Asthma
  • reviews the prevalence, causes, and demographics of childhood asthma worldwide
  • explores determinants of the disorder in various populations-gender, age and severity of onset, atopic status, family history, and smoking
  • elucidates physiological factors such as airway remodeling, airway hyperresponsiveness, and persistent inflammation
  • describes in vivo and in vitro testing for asthma-associated allergy and the pros and cons of allergen immunotherapy
  • delineates the dynamics of the lung in terms of phenomena such as peak expiratory flow (PEF), forced vital capacity (FVC), and bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR)
  • highlights the importance of patient education and self-management
  • investigates the role that developmental psychopathologies and neurobehavioral dysfunctions may play in pediatric asthma
  • discusses inflammatory mediators such as cytokines, chemokines, leukotrienes, and prostaglandins
  • evaluates intravenous and inhaled 2 agonists for the bronchodilating treatment of acute severe asthma
  • and more!
    Featuring over 2100 references, more than 60 user-friendly tables, and a handy Appendix on clinical monitoring of childhood asthma and recommended drug dosages for its treatment, Pediatric Asthma is an indispensable resource for pediatricians, pediatric pulmonologists, and pediatric pharmacists; clinical allergists and immunologists; general and family practitioners; and graduate and medical school students in these disciplines.
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