Steroids not superior to placebo in patients with mild persistent asthma and low sputum eosinophils
NIH: Inhaled steroids are often used to treat people with mild persistent asthma, but now a new study suggests that mild persistent asthma can be managed safely without daily steroid use.The study of patients with mild persistent asthma found that inhaled steroids were no more effective than placebo in nearly three-fourths of the study patients, all older than age 12. Inhaled steroids were better than placebo for a subset of the patients who had high levels of eosinophils, in their sputum, but they represented about a fourth of patients enrolled in the trial.The study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health was published online on May 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The findings were also presented at the international conference of the American Thoracic Society in Dallas.The multicenter study ...
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