Asthma symptoms in older adults . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4854 (Published 26 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4854

Prevalence of asthma-like symptoms with ageing

A multi-national, but predominantly European survey has been looking at the prevalence of respiratory symptoms in adults over the last 20 years (Thorax doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209596). Paradoxically, it finds that wheeze related symptoms have become less frequent, while asthma attacks and use of medication for asthma have both increased. The likely explanation is that, as smoking rates have fallen, symptoms of wheeze in the non-asthmatic population have diminished.

Magnesium sulphate for fetal neuroprotection

It’s well known that babies born preterm are at higher risk of cerebral palsy and neonatal death than babies born at term. A meta-analysis in PLoS Medicine suggests …

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