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New Asthma Guidelines Emphasize Disease Control and Patient Empowerment

New Asthma Guidelines Emphasize Disease Control and Patient Empowerment

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 29 --Emphasizing that asthma affects different patients in different ways, the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program has issued new evidence-based guidelines on the disease.

The guidelines include a new emphasis on patient involvement and control of environmental triggers of asthma.

The guidelines are based on evidence from research and clinical experience over the past decade into the mechanisms underlying airway inflammation and into better methods for control, said William Busse, M.D., of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, chairman of the expert panel that drew up the guidelines.

Regarding medication, the guidelines continue the established stepwise approach to asthma control, but with revised and expanded management charts based on three age groups: birth to four years, five to 11,, and 12 and older.

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