Beth Krone, PhD: The Link Between ADHD and Asthma

January 25, 2022
Kenny Walter

Kenny Walter is an editor with HCPLive. Prior to joining MJH Life Sciences in 2019, he worked as a digital reporter covering nanotechnology, life sciences, material science and more with R&D Magazine. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Temple University in 2008 and began his career as a local reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers based on the Jersey shore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach and enjoying the shore in the summer and watching North Carolina Tar Heel basketball in the winter.

A better understanding of this connection could yield preventative treatments.

While there has long been a belief there is a connection between attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and asthma, past research hasn’t been able to pinpoint this link.

However, there is hope in the future that this association could become a focal point of future research, which ultimately could result in better treatments, earlier screenings, and preventative therapies for high-risk patients.

In a presentation during the annual 2022 American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) virtual conference, Beth Krone, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, explained what is known about the association between ADHD and the immune system.

In an interview with HCPLive®, Krone explained why this has been an understudied connection in the past and why a better understanding on the relationship between ADHD and the immune system could pay dividends.

Krone said 1 of the reasons there is not a better understanding of this link is due to the complexity of the immune system and there is inconsistent research in regard to biomarkers and genetics examining this link.

However, the research were able to aggregate past research to attempt to better understand the risk of other diseases like asthma for patients with ADHD.