Asthma in fathers strongly linked to childhood AHR

Friday, September 30, 2005

BOSTON - Children with asthma whose fathers have a history of the disease have a greater risk of serious airway constriction than children whose fathers have no such history, according to an article in the September issue of the American Journal or Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. According to Benjamin A. Raby, MD, an author of the study, childhood airway hyperresponsiveness is an important determinant of long-term outcome with regard to airway growth and maturation, and long function decline. "Among individuals with asthma, AHR is directly correlated with pulmonary symptoms and disease severity," said Raby.