High doses of steroids can lead to improvement in asthmatic childrenChildren who are suffering from asthma and report continued symptoms while using low-dose inhaled corticosteroids can expect benefit from increasing the doses or adding one of two asthma drugs, as per a new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and other institutions.

The study called BADGER (Best ADd-on therapy Giving Effective Responses) could allow physicians to predict which of the available options will help a patient the most.

Robert C. Strunk, M.D., and Leonard B. Bacharier, M.D., both Washington University pediatric asthma specialists at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, were coauthors on the study, published online March 2, 2010, by the New England Journal of Medicine and presented the same day at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s annual meeting in New Orleans.