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May 2023

NIH Statement on World Asthma Day 2023

May 1, 2023

Today, the National Institutes of Health recognizes World Asthma Day and the innovative research that is helping to shed light on the disease, pave the way for effective treatments and improve the lives of people who have asthma.

January 2023

NIH Study Links Specific Outdoor Air Pollutants to Asthma Attacks in Urban Children

January 4, 2023

Moderate levels of two outdoor air pollutants, ozone and fine particulate matter, are associated with non-viral asthma attacks in children and adolescents who live in low-income urban areas, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health has found. The study also identifies associations between exposure to the two pollutants and molecular changes in the children’s airways during non-viral asthma attacks, suggesting potential mechanisms for those attacks.

August 2022

Monoclonal Antibody Reduces Asthma Attacks in Urban Youth

August 10, 2022

A monoclonal antibody, mepolizumab, decreased asthma attacks by 27% in Black and Hispanic children and adolescents who have a form of severe asthma, are prone to asthma attacks and live in low-income urban neighborhoods, a National Institutes of Health clinical trial has found. This population has been underrepresented in previous clinical trials of asthma therapeutics. The findings were published today in the journal The Lancet.

June 2022

NIH Launches Trial of Monoclonal Antibody to Treat Asthma in Urban Youth

June 2, 2022

The National Institutes of Health has launched a clinical trial testing whether a monoclonal antibody, dupilumab, can reduce asthma attacks and improve lung function and asthma symptoms in children with poorly controlled allergic asthma who live in low-income urban neighborhoods. The investigators also aim to define the activity levels of asthma-associated gene networks that correspond to specific health outcomes during antibody treatment in these children, most of whom are anticipated to be Black or Hispanic.

Food Allergy Is Associated with Lower Risk of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

June 1, 2022

A National Institutes of Health-funded study has found that people with food allergies are less likely to become infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, than people without them. In addition, while previous research identified obesity as a risk factor for severe COVID-19, the new study has identified obesity and high body mass index (BMI) as associated with increased risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection. In contrast, the study determined that asthma does not increase risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection.

May 2021

NIH Statement on World Asthma Day 2021

May 5, 2021

On World Asthma Day, the National Institutes of Health reaffirms its commitment to research to improve the lives of people with asthma. More than 25 million people in the United States have asthma, including 5.1 million children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This chronic lung disease can reduce quality of life, contributes to considerable emotional and financial stress, and is a major contributing factor to missed time from school and work.

April 2021

NIH Establishes New Childhood Asthma Clinical Research Network

April 23, 2021

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded $10 million in first-year funding to establish a clinical research network called Childhood Asthma in Urban Settings (CAUSE). This nationwide network will conduct observational studies and clinical trials to improve understanding of asthma and develop treatment and prevention approaches tailored to children of low-income families living in urban communities. NIAID intends to provide approximately $70 million over seven years to support the CAUSE network.

May 2020

NIH Statement on World Asthma Day 2020

May 5, 2020

On World Asthma Day, the NIH raises awareness about this disease, the people affected, and the biomedical research that improves prevention and treatment. 

Study to Determine Incidence of Novel Coronavirus Infection in U.S. Children Begins

May 4, 2020

A NIH study to determine the rate of novel coronavirus infection in children and family members in the United States has begun enrolling participants.