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Dr. Erick Forno examines current evidence on the association between obesity and asthma in children and adolescents, discusses research developed to understand the association of obesity and asthma, and presents case examples.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Review current evidence on the association between obesity and asthma in children and adolescents
  2. Examine current research aimed at understanding the pathways that underlie the association between childhood obesity and asthma
  3. Explore future research directions to further elucidate this association

Reading Resources:

  1. Adiposity, fractional exhaled nitric oxide, and asthma in U.S. children.Han YY, Forno E, Celedón JC. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Jul 1;190(1):32-9. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201403-0565OC. PMID: 24922361Select item 24290290[ ]2.
  2. Obesity and adiposity indicators, asthma, and atopy in Puerto Rican children. Forno E, Acosta-Pérez E, Brehm JM, Han YY, Alvarez M, Colón-Semidey A, Canino G, Celedón JC. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 May;133(5):1308-14, 1314.e1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2013.09.041. Epub 2013 Nov 28. PMID: 24290290Select item 21377042[ ]3.
  3. Decreased response to inhaled steroids in overweight and obese asthmatic children. Forno E, Lescher R, Strunk R, Weiss S, Fuhlbrigge A, Celedón JC; Childhood Asthma Management Program Research Group. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Mar;127(3):741-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2010.12.010. PMID: 21377042Select item 25748066[ ]4.
  4. Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and lung function in US adolescents with and without asthma. Forno E, Han YY, Muzumdar RH, Celedón JC. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Aug;136(2):304-11.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2015.01.010. Epub 2015 Mar 3. PMID: 25748066


Dr. Forno has reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 2/24/2016 | Last Modified On: 2/24/2016 | Expires: 2/24/2017

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