Asthma 101: Grading The Severity of this Disease

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Does your child have Asthma? Do you know how severe it is? Grading the condition is the first step in controlling your child's Asthma.
Air Date: 3/13/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Chitra Dinakar, MD
Dinakar photoChitra Dinakar, MD, joined Children's Mercy Hospital in June 1999 after completing her fellowship in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Her medical degree and pediatric residency training were obtained at Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER),one of the premier medical schools in India. She is currently Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Faculty, Section of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics.

Dr. Dinakar has been involved in more than 50 investigator-initiated, NIH-sponsored, and industry-sponsored clinical trials, and has almost 40 peer-reviewed publications to her credit. She has received awards for her research in exhaled nitric oxide and asthma. She serves on the editorial board of Missouri Medicine and three allergy journals (Annals of Allergy and Allergy; Allergy Watch; Asthma Proceedings), and is an invited reviewer for leading allergy (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) and pediatric journals (Journal of Pediatrics).

Asthma 101: Grading The Severity of this Disease
In recent years, research into the diagnosis and treatment of childhood asthma has made a real difference in the control of asthma among children.

The burden of asthma is greater for children than for the rest of the population.

Asthma is the most common lasting disorder in childhood, currently affecting around 6.2 million Americans under 18 years of age.
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