Beth Krone, PhD: The Link Between ADHD and Asthma

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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.