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NOTE: This article is based on research that utilizes the sources cited here as well as the collective experience of the Lab Tests Online Editorial Review Board. This article is periodically reviewed by the Editorial Board and may be updated as a result of the review. Any new sources cited will be added to the list and distinguished from the original sources used.

Sources Used in Current Review

Kaneshiro, N. (Updated 2010 July 14). Asthma. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000141.htm. Accessed July 2011.

(Revised 2011 February). Asthma. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Asthma/Asthma_WhatIs.html through http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Accessed July 2011.

(2010 February). Asthma in Adults Fact Sheet. American Lung Association [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.lungusa.org/lung-disease/asthma/resources/facts-and-figures/asthma-in-adults.html through http://www.lungusa.org. Accessed July 2011.

(2010 February). Asthma and Children Fact Sheet. American Lung Association [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.lungusa.org/lung-disease/asthma/resources/facts-and-figures/asthma-children-fact-sheet.html through http://www.lungusa.org. Accessed July 2011.

Mayo Clinic Staff (2010 May 27). Asthma. MayoClinic.com [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/asthma/DS00021/METHOD=print&DSECTION=all through http://www.mayoclinic.com. Accessed July 2011.

Morris, M. (Updated 2011 June 13). Asthma. Medscape Reference [On-line information]. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/296301-overview through http://emedicine.medscape.com. Accessed July 2011.

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP). Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Available online at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/asthgdln.htm through http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Accessed Dec 2011.

Sources Used in Previous Reviews

Pagana, Kathleen D. & Pagana, Timothy J. (© 2007). Mosby’s Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference 8th Edition: Mosby, Inc., Saint Louis, MO. Pp 790-795.

Clarke, W. and Dufour, D. R., Editors (2006). Contemporary Practice in Clinical Chemistry, AACC Press, Washington, DC. Pp 462.

Wu, A. (2006). Tietz Clinical Guide to Laboratory Tests, Fourth Edition. Saunders Elsevier, St. Louis, Missouri. 1490-1491.

(2007 August 28). Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Asthma Education and Prevention Program [On-line guidelines]. Available online at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/asthgdln.htm through http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Accessed on 11/17/07.

Busse, W. et. al. (2007 October 29). Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma -- Part 2 - Managing Asthma Long Term. Medscape Today [On-line CME]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/564654 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed on 11/15/07.

Busse, W. et. al. (2007 October 29). Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma -- Part 1: Introduction -- Diagnosing Asthma. Medscape Today [On-line CME]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/564695 through >http://www.medscape.com. Accessed on 11/15/07.

News Staff (2007 October 11). New Asthma Guidelines Emphasize Need for Regular Monitoring, Disease Control. AAFP News Now [On-line information]. Available online through http://www.aafp.org. Accessed on 11/15/07.

Frey, U. (2007 July 17). Predicting Asthma Control and Exacerbations: Chronic Asthma as a Complex Dynamic Model. Medscape from Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007;7(3):223-230 [On-line journal article]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/559407 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed on 11/15/07.

Fleming, L. et. al. (2007 April 3). Difficult to Control Asthma in Children. Medscape from Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007;7(2):190-195 [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/554049 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed on 11/15/07.

Boulet, L. et. al. (2007 February 27). New Insights Into Occupational Asthma. Medscape from Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007;7(1):96-101 [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/552280 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed on 11/15/07.

Mckenzie, S. and Dundas, I. (2006 April 19). Spirometry in the diagnosis of asthma in children CME. Medscape from Curr Opin Pulm Med 12(1):28-33, 2006 [On-line CME]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/529087 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed on 11/15/07.

(2006 May, Updated). What is Asthma. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Asthma/Asthma_WhatIs.html through http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/. Accessed on 11/15/07.

Schatz, M. (2007 June). Asthma vs. COPD: Similarities and Differences. American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, Seniors and Asthma [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.aaaai.org/patients/seniorsandasthma/copd.stm through http://www.aaaai.org. Accessed on 11/15/07.

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(2003 February, full review/revision). Asthma. Merck Manual of Medical Information – 2nd Home Edition [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec04/ch044/ch044a.html?qt=Asthma&alt=sh through http://www.merck.com. Accessed on 11/15/07.

(2005 November, full review/revision). Asthma. Merck Manual for Health Professionals [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.merck.com/mmpe/sec05/ch048/ch048a.html?qt=asthma&alt=sh through http://www.merck.com. Accessed on 11/15/07.

Zeidler, M. et. al. (2004 January 13). Exhaled Nitric Oxide in the Assessment of Asthma. Medscape from Curr Opin Pulm Med 10(1):31-36, 2004. [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/466828_1 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed on 11/17/07.

Thomas, Clayton L., Editor (1997). Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company, Philadelphia, PA [18th Edition]. Pp 164-165.

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US Food and Drug Administration. FDA Talk Paper (May 1, 2003) FDA Clears New Breath Test for Monitoring Asthma (online information, accessed February 2008). Available online through http://www.fda.gov.

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