Steroid dose increase or combination useful for asthmatic childrenAccording to a new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and other institutions, young children with asthma can be treated in a better way by increasing doses of steroids or adding more drugs to the asthma therapy.

Results of this study have implications to help medical practitioners to predict which all of the available treatment options will help their patients 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 co-authors for this study.

The study was 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.