|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 10, 2002
NHLBI Communications Office
Update on National Asthma Guidelines Released
- Additional considerations on when to start asthma control therapy in infants and children under age 5.
- New recommendations regarding the use of leukotriene modifiers as alternative therapy for treating mild persistent asthma or as combination therapy in moderate asthma.
- Reaffirmation that antibiotics should not be used to treat acute asthma attacks except when a bacterial infection due to another condition, such as pneumonia or sinusitis, is present.
- A review of the benefits of written action plans for self-management of asthma.
According to the National Center on Health Statistics, 11 million Americans reported having an asthma attack in 1998, including 3.8 million children. One of the leading causes of disability and lost productivity, asthma is also responsible for 5,000 deaths each year in the U.S. NHLBI estimates that the annual direct and indirect costs of asthma were $12.7 billion in 2000.
The 11-member NAEPP Expert Panel prepared the update based on a systematic review of scientific evidence. The panel includes representatives from the fields of allergy and immunology, family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, pharmacology, public health, and pulmonary medicine.
The NAEPP was established in March 1989 to reduce asthma-related illness and death and to enhance the quality of life of people with asthma. Today, 40 major medical associations and voluntary health organizations, plus numerous federal agencies, comprise the NAEPP Coordinating Committee. The NAEPP also coordinates federal asthma-related activities, as designated by Congress through the Children's Health Act of 2000.
Additional information on asthma, the NAEPP, and other NHLBI-supported research and educational programs are available online at the NHLBI website, www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Click on the following links for more information:
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