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Early rhinovirus, aeroallergen sensitization linked to asthma persistence in adolescence

June 24, 2016

Rhinovirus and aeroallergen sensitization during early childhood remained risk factors for the persistence of asthma into adolescence, study data suggest.

“Although the role of viruses and allergic sensitization has been clearly implicated in the onset of asthma, their role in the persistence of asthma into later childhood and early adolescence has not been as well-studied,” Frederick J. Rubner, MD, in the departments of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and colleagues wrote in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. “The current findings extend our previous observations by demonstrating that these events are not only important in early childhood, but increase asthma risk at least until the onset of adolescence.”

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