Acta Paediatrica

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Edited By: Hugo Lagercrantz

Impact Factor: 1.647

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 53/120 (Pediatrics)

Online ISSN: 1651-2227

Virtual Issue: Selected articles on asthma published in Acta Paediatrica August 2012 to October 2013

10 reports focusing on asthma are highlighted. The articles were subject to the journal’s normal peer review process, and are collected together here as a Virtual Issue. The articles cover various aspects of asthma in childhood.

Hugo Lagercrantz, Editor-in-Chief Acta Paediatrica

Maternal use of margarines during lactation was weakly associated with an increased risk of asthma in the offspring at the age of 5 years. Other fats or FAs during lactation were not associated with the risk of asthma. However, the nonadherence to dietary recommendations regarding especially fats of our study population may restrict the generalizability of our results.
Maternal dietary fat and fatty acid intake during lactation and the risk of asthma in the offspring
M Lumia, P Luukkainen, M Kaila, H Tapanainen, H-M Takkinen, M Prasad, S Niinistö, B I Nwaru, M G Kenward, J Ilonen, O Simell, M Knip, R Veijola and S M Virtanen (2012)

The prevalence of allergy to specific foods differs between Jews and Arabs. Asthmatic adolescents with food allergy report more severe asthma than those without food allergy.
Association of food allergy with asthma severity and atopic diseases in Jewish and Arab adolescents
Yael Graif, Larissa German, Irit Livne and Tamy Shohat (2012)

Maintenance treatment with inhaled corticosteroids ICS, taken daily as prescribed, is not associated with an increased risk of behavioural problems in preschool children.
Preschool children with high adherence to inhaled corticosteroids for asthma do not show behavioural problems
Wouter Quak, Ted Klok, Adrian A Kaptein, Eric J Duiverman, Paul LP Brand (2012)

A repeated cross-sectional survey between 1985 and 2008 documented an increasing prevalence of asthma ever and AR ever among schoolchildren (7–14 years), together with a considerably increase in current asthma, AR and eczema between 1995 and 2008.
Increasing prevalence of asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema among schoolchildren: three surveys during the period 1985–2008
Tonje Elisabeth Hansen, Bjørg Evjenth and Jan Holt (2013)

Airway inflammation, especially eosinophilic inflammation, was associated with asthma severity and reduced pulmonary function in children.
Clinical characteristics of eosinophilic and noneosinophilic asthma in children
Yong Ju Lee, Kyung Won Kim, Bong Seok Choi, Myung Hyun Sohn and Kyu-Earn Kim (2013)

Active and experimental smokers, and those who reported exposure to SHS while using public or private transportation, had higher likelihood of reporting wheezing. No association between active or passive smoking and asthma was observed.
Tobacco smoking, exposure to second-hand smoke, and asthma and wheezing in schoolchildren: a cross-sectional study
Anna Martín-Pujol, Esteve Fernández, Anna Schiaffino, Albert Moncada, Carles Ariza, Carles Blanch and Jose M Martínez-Sánchez, the RESPIR•NET research group (2013)

Slow linear growth in utero, which could be a result of impaired placentation, increases the risk of later asthma. Slow linear growth may be associated with impaired development of the airways. Babies with impaired lung development born into families of low socio-economic status may be most vulnerable to the disease.
Foetal and childhood growth and asthma in adult life
David JP Barker, Clive Osmond, Tom J Forsén, Kent L Thornburg, Eero Kajantie and Johan G Eriksson (2013)

A focus of healthcare professionals on the treatment of internalizing behavioural problems may optimize the quality of life in clinically treated youth with asthma.
The prospective association between behavioural problems and asthma outcome in young asthma patients
Marieke Verkleij, Erik-Jonas van de Griendt, Adrian A Kaptein, Liesbeth EM van Essen-Zandvliet, Eric J Duiverman and Rinie Geenen (2013)

The association between weight status and asthma, allergy and respiratory symptoms in adolescents with bronchiolitis in infancy was evaluated. Weight status had no association with asthma or allergy in adolescence after wheezing in infancy.
No association between overweight and asthma or allergy in adolescence after wheezing in infancy
Marja Ruotsalainen, Mari K Hyvärinen, Antti Saari, Eija Piippo-Savolainen and Matti Korppi (2013)

Insufficient evidence was found for any association between birth by caesarean section and allergic manifestations. Further evidence from unselected populations, with longer follow-up periods, is needed.
Caesarean section and allergic manifestations: insufficient evidence of association found in population-based study of children aged 1 to 4 years
K Pyrhönen, S Näyhä, L Hiltunen and E Läärä